Stanford Aims For Fourth Straight Victory At USC
Jan. 21, 2005
Stanford (9-7 overall, 3-3 Pac-10) at USC (9-9 overall, 2-5 Pac-10)
Saturday, January 22, 2005, 3:00 p.m., Los Angeles Sports Arena (16,161), ABC
Stanford Cardinal Starters (9-7 overall, 3-3 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (8.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (7.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (10.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (18.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (13.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.0 apg)
The USC Trojans hold a slim 113-111 lead over Stanford ... The Cardinal has won six of the last seven games at USC, including a 76-67 victory last year ... Josh Childress scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed eleven rebounds to lead the Cardinal attack ... USC led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Stanford came back in the second half to lead by as many as eleven points.
Trent Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Johnson is the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history ... Johnson, a Stanford assistant coach for three seasons from 1996-99, had been the head coach at Nevada for the past five campaigns (1999-2004) ... During the 2003-04 season, Johnson led Nevada to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school record with 25 wins (25-9) ... During his first tenure at Stanford as an assistant coach, the Cardinal made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four (1997-98), reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996-97, 1997-98), captured the Pac-10 title (1998-99) and chalked up a 78-20 (.796) overall record ... Johnson's career record is 88-81 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).
Stanford is 9-7 overall with five games played on neutral territory, six games on the road and five home games ... The Cardinal will be aiming for its third straight Southern California sweep when it travels to USC on Saturday (1/22/05, 3:00 p.m.) ... Last Thursday at UCLA, Stanford controled the tempo of the game from start to finish to defeat the Bruins, 75-64 ... It was the eighth straight victory for Stanford at Pauley Pavilion ... Four Cardinal players scored in double figures led by Dan Grunfeld with 25 points and seven rebounds ... Matt Haryasz added 14 points and nine rebounds while Nick Robinson scored a season-high 13 points while Rob Little added 12 points ... The Cardinal jumped to a 14-5 lead with 15:43 in the opening half, and maintained a 33-28 halftime lead ... Stanford led throughout the entire second half, and led by as many as 14 points late in the game ... Stanford Dan Grunfeld remains the team leader in scoring at 18.5 ppg (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, second-best on the team and 11th in the conference ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 13.4 ppg (#11 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little is the team's leading shooter at .559 (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder (7.8 rpg, #5 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (23, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Nick Robinson is #4 in the Pac-10 leaders in steals (1.69 spg) ... Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.757).
Stanford has played eleven of its 16 games away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal played their first seven games of the 2004-05 season on the road ... Stanford started its 2003-04 season with a 93-83 overtime win over USF (11/19/04) at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ,.. Stanford played three games (Tennessee, BYU, Louisville) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24), then a Nov. 28 game at Santa Clara, a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and the road trip concluded with a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This was the longest string of road or neutral court games to start the season since the 1934-35 campaign when Stanford played its first eleven games on the road ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 67-15 (.817) on the road ... Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 40-17 (.702).
Stanford is 4-1 at Maples Pavilion which includes a 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Stanford scored nine straight points (including six by Dan Grunfeld) midway through the second half to extend a three-point halftime lead to 60-47 and the Cardinal later extended it to 16 points ... The Cardinal is shooting .504 in games at Maples Pavilion compared to .407 on the road ... Stanford is hitting .472 from three-point territory compared to .333 on the road ... And Stanford is scoring 76.6 ppg at Maples Pavilion compared to 66.0 ppg on the road ... The Cardinal has won 28 of its last 30 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.
Dan Grunfeld's ppg improvement by 15.1 ppg this year is the best in the nation, according to STATS,Inc. (as of 1/16/05).
Last Year This Year Improvement
1. Dan Grunfeld, Stanford 3.4 18.5 +15.1
2. Will Whittington, Marist 4.0 17.6 +13.6
3. Pele Paelay, C. Carolina 5.5 17.5 +12.0
4. Chad Maclies, Centenary 7.4 19.1 +11.7
5. Chris Copeland, Colorado 2.9 14.2 +11.3
6. Levi Rost, W. Michigan 6.8 18.0 +11.2
7. Anthony Harris, Miami (Fl) 1.4 12.4 +11.0
8. Matthew Knight, LMU 4.9 15.7 +10.8
9. Josh Almanson, B. Green 8.0 18.7 +10.7
10. Peter Mulligan, Manhattan 10.9 21.5 +10.6
Stanford's starting lineup has proven to be made of iron ... Three players are averaging more than 30 minutes per game ... Chris Hernandez is averaging 33.7 mpg (#3 in the Pac-10), followed by Dan Grunfeld at 33.2 mpg (#5 in the Pac-10), Nick Robinson at 32.4 mpg (#10 in the Pac-10), Matt Haryasz at 27.5 mpg and Rob Little at 24.5 mpg ... All together, the starting five is averaging 30.3 minutes per game.
The Stanford basketball team finally moved back into the new Maples Pavilion with a Dec. 18 game against UC Davis ... Stanford faced the Aggies after playing its first seven games on the road ... On March 1, 2004, Stanford University began a $30 million renovation of Maples Pavilion ... The project was expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season, but construction finished ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, includes a new covered 29,000 square foot concourse around the exterior of the seating area, state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities with speaker systems, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation also includes a new playing court floor, upgraded locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a news media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration features a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl includes chair-back theater seats that replaces the wood bleachers ... The building's new capacity will be 7,233 ... Stanford has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 126-22 (.851) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 51-3 (.944) vs non-league opponents and 75-19 (.798) against Pac-10 schools.
The 2004-05 Stanford Basketball Varsity
#22 Kenny Brown, 6-1, 190, Freshman, Guard, Southlake, Tx
Added to the Stanford roster shortly before the start of the season ... Hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Served as student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
#31 Taj Finger, 6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Mt. Kisco, NY
One of two freshmen on the varsity roster ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in six of 14 games played ... Scored a season-high four points in games against Brigham Young (11/23/04) and Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Grabbed four rebounds in the season opener against USF (11/19/04).
#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Has gone from a 3.4 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (18.5 ppg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored 20 or more points in six games and double-digits in points in 14 of 16 games ... Scored a career-high 29 points (10-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-3 from behind arc) in Stanford's 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Scored 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor, 9-for-9 from three throw line) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Paced the Cardinal attack with 25 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds in Stanford's 75-64 victory at UCLA (1/20/05) ... Fired home 24 points along with five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Shooting .515 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal and ninth-best in the Pac-10 ... Stanford's second-leading rebounder (5.8 rpg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Recorded a career-high eleven boards in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Denver (12/13/04) ... Averaging 33.2 minutes per game, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 13 of the 16 games ... Second on the team in three-pointers (20) ... Has made at least one three-pointer in nine straight games.
#32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Spring Mills, Pa
Has played double-digit in minutes in ten of the 16 games, including a career-high 36 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Started his third collegiate game against Arizona State (1/6/05) and responded with six points, five assists and three rebounds ... Scored a career-high nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with three assists and a steal against Montana (12/23/04) ... In his last four games, has dished out 21 assists with only seven turnovers ... Has hit 15-of-16 free throw attempts for .938.
#52 Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Forward, Page, Az
Has moved into the starting lineup this year, and is the team's leading rebounder (7.8 rpg, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Began the year with a career-high eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) and ten more at Washington (1/2/05) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 15 of 16 games ... Averaging 8.8 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in eight games, including a season-high 18 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Collected 14 points along with nine rebounds at UCLA (1/20/05) ... The team leader in blocks (23, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has 69 career blocks, eighth-best in school history.
#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... A co-captain along with Nick Robinson ... In his second season as the starter at point-guard ... The team leader in minutes played (33.7 mpg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 12 games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (13.4 ppg, #11 in the Pac-10) ... Started the year with a career-high 30 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 17-for-18 from the free throw line) against USF (11/19/04) ... Helped lead Stanford to victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) with 23 points, a career-high six steals and four assists ... Hitting .806 (54-67) from the free throw line ... Averaging 4.0 apg (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-pointers made (29) ... Hit 5-of-7 three point attempts at California (1/15/05) ... Hitting .426 (29-for-68) from behind the arc ... In the last three games, has hit 9-of-15 shots from three-point range for .600 ... Averaging 1.53 steals per game, eighth-best in the Pac-10.
#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Center, Hampton, Va
In his third season as a starter at center ... Averaging 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game (#14 in the Pac-10) ... Stanford's top shooter at .559 (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Scored a career-high 19 points (9-for-11 from the floor) along with six rebounds and three steals against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Collected 16 points (7-fof-10 from the floor) and a career-high 12 rebounds against nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Followed up the Arizona game with 16 points (6-for-9) along with eleven rebounds at California (1/15/05) ... Tallied his first double-double of the year with 12 points and ten rebounds at Washington (1/2/05).
#10 Tim Morris, 6-4, 215, Redshirt Freshman, Guard, Atlanta, Ga
Has been declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the year ... Had emerged as one of Stanford's better players during his redshirt freshman season ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 7.4 ppg ... Played double-digit minutes in ten of 12 games, and played 20 or more minutes in eight games ... Scored a season-high 13 points (6-for-9 from the field) against UC Davis (12/18/04) ... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Started his first collegiate game at Washington (1/2/05) with 12 points ... Hit .944 (17-fof-18) from the free throw line.
#55 Peter Prowitt, 6-10, 250, Freshman, Arlington, Va
Has played double-digits in minutes played in six games ... Played a season-high 21 minutes against Michigan State (12/11/04) ... Scored a season-high in points (7, 7-for-8 from the free throw line) against Michigan State (12/11/04), and rebounds (5) and blocked shots (4) against Dartmouth (12/22/04) ... Scored six points in 13 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes of play at UCLA (1/20/05) ... Blocked three shots in Stanford's 87-76 victory over Arizona (1/8/05) ... Second on the team in blocks with ten.
#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Forward, Liberty, Mo
A co-captain along with Chris Hernandez ... In his second season as a starter ... Averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... Leads the team in steals (27, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has 87 career steals, 16th-best in school history ... Scored a season-high 13 points along with three assists and two blocks in Stanford's 75-64 victory at UCLA (1/20/04) ... Scored eleven points at Denver (12/13/04) at Washington (1/2/05) and at California (1/15/05) ... Collected ten points and five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Brigham Young (11/23/04) ... Averaging 32.4 minutes per game, tenth in the Pac-10.
#44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Scored a season-high eight points in 15 minutes of play against Dartmouth (12/22/04).
#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-1, 180, Junior, Tacoma, Wa
Is out of action indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice on Dec. 7 ... Underwent successful surgery on Dec. 10 at Stanford Hospital.
Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction to the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ... The induction will take place at the 2005 Pacific-10 Tournament ... Rich Kelley is Stanford's inductee this year ... Kelley's school career rebound average of 12.4 per game may never be broken ... During the 1974-75 season, Kelley won the conference title in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and free throw percentage (.832) ... Kelley, who was the first 7-footer to play at Stanford, set a school record with 27 rebounds against Kentucky during the 1973-74 season ... During the 1972-73 campaign, Kelley set a school record by averaging 13.2 rebounds per game ... His 944 career rebounds is fourth-best in Stanford history ... The three-time all-conference selection averaged 18.6 ppg during his three-year Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... Kelley was a first round selection of the then New Orleans Jazz in 1975 and played eleven seasons in the NBA ... The other inductees are Arizona's Pete Williams, Joe Caldwell of Arizona State, Cal's Darrall Imhoff, Oregon's Blair Rasmussen, Ed Lewis of Oregon State, UCLA's Gail Goodrich, USC's John Rudometkin, Jack Nichols of Washington, and Gene Conley of Washington State.