Injury-riddled Cardinal Hosts USC Trojans

Feb. 15, 2005

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Stanford (13-9 overall, 7-5 Pac-10) vs USC (10-14 overall, 3-10 Pac-10)
Thursday, February 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,233)

Stanford vs UCLA (13-8 overall, 7-6 Pac-10)
Sunday, February 20, 2005, 12:30 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,233), CBS

Stanford Cardinal Starters (13-9 overall, 7-5 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (10.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
F - Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Los Angeles, Ca (2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (9.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
G - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (7.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (14.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.1 apg)

USC Trojans Starters (10-14 overall, 3-10 Pac-10)
F - Jeff McMillan, 6-8, 260, Senior, Brooklyn, NY (8.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
C - Rory O'Neil, 6-11, 240, Senior, Ridgecrest, Ca (8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G - Nick Young, 6-6, 195, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G - Lodrick Stewart, 6-4, 210, Sophomore, Seattle, Wa (13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G - Gabriel Pruitt, 6-4, 170, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca (12.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg)

UCLA Bruins Starters (13-8 overall, 7-6 Pac-10)
F - Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 209, Senior, Inglewood, Ca (18.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
F - Josh Shipp, 6-5, 200, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca (8.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
C - Michael Fey, 7-0, 270, Junior, Olympia, Wa (8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G - Arron Afflalo, 6-5, 206, Freshman, Compton, Ca (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
G - Jordan Farmar, 6-2, 170, Freshman, Van Nuys, Ca (13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Series Storybook
Stanford and USC will be meeting for a 226th time on Thursday with the Trojans holding a 113-112 lead in the second longest series in Stanford school history ... The Cardinal has won three straight games from the Trojans, including a 78-70 decision earlier this year in Los Angeles ... Chris Hernandez scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and Dan Grunfeld also scored 20 points ... Hernandez ignited an 11-0 run with a three-pointer that put the Cardinal ahead to stay with 5:24 left in the game, then added eight free throws in the final 2:03 ... Last year at Maples Pavilion, Hernandez scored 18 points and added seven assists and five rebounds to lead Stanford to a 77-67 victory over the Trojans ... Nick Robinson scored all 13 of his points in the second half ... USC led at halftime, 34-28, but Stanford started the second half with a 14-4 run ... UCLA holds a 124-87 lead over the Cardinal in the third longest series in school history ... However, Stanford has won the last four meetings ... Earlier this year at Pauley Pavilion, Grunfeld scored 25 points to lead Stanford to a 75-64 victory ... The win gave Stanford its eighth straight victory at Pauley Pavilion, the most by an opponent since the building opened more than 40 years ago ... Matt Haryasz added 14 points and nine rebounds in the Stanford win ... Michael Fey scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds for the Bruins ... Last year on Stanford's home court, the Cardinal handed UCLA its second worst loss ever at Maples Pavilion as the Cardinal scored a 67-52 decision ... Justin Davis hit his first nine shots, and finished the game 10-for-11 and 21 points.

Coaches Corner
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 92-83 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).

Scouting Stanford
This has been a year of roster deletions for the Cardinal mainly because of injuries ... Stanford is down to nine healthy players (eight scholarship players, one walkon) as it prepares for home games against USC (2/17/05) and UCLA (2/20/05) ... Dan Grunfeld is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered in the last game against California (2/12/05) ... Grunfeld was the team's leading scorer (17.9 ppg, #3 in the Pac-10) and third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #14 in the Pac-10) ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby has not played this year because of a broken left foot ... Tim Morris is out for the season because of eligibility issues, while two other players, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, decided to devote all their time to football ... Bradford and Moore are starting wide receivers on the football team ... Despite all the injuries, Stanford has seven of its last nine games to increase its overall record to 13-9, and 7-5 in the Pac-10 (third place) ... Chris Hernandez now checks in as the team's leading scorer on the active roster 14.3 ppg (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little is the team's leading shooter at .543 (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder (8.7 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (31, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson are among the league leaders in steals ... Hernandez is third in the Pac-10 at 1.7 steals per game while Robinson is seventh at 1.5 per game ... Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.742).

Travel Time
Stanford has played 13 of its 22 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 68-17 (.800) 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).

Home Hoopla
Stanford is 7-1 at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is assured of another home winning season with four more home games against USC (2/17/05), UCLA (2/20/05), Washington State (3/3/05) and Washington (3/5/05) ... The Cardinal is shooting .481 in games at Maples Pavilion compared to .428 on the road ... Stanford is hitting .425 from three-point territory compared to .381 on the road ... And Stanford is scoring 76.3 ppg at Maples Pavilion compared to 69.1 ppg on the road ... The Cardinal has won 31 of its last 33 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

Minute Memorandum
With Stanford down to only nine healthy players, Stanford's starting lineup has had to play a lot of minutes ... Dan Grunfeld was averaging 33.0 minutes per game before a knee injury against California (2/12/05) ended his season ... Chris Hernandez is averaging 33.7 mpg (#5 in the Pac-10), followed by Nick Robinson at 32.3 mpg (#7 in the Pac-10), Matt Haryasz at 28.8 mpg and Rob Little at 25.0 mpg.

Maples Memo
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 $25 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 takes 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 is 7,233 ... Stanford has produced 12 straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 131-18 (.879) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 51-3 (.944) vs non-league opponents and 80-15 (.842) 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 three freshmen on the varsity roster ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in seven of 20 games played ... Scored a season-high four points in games against Brigham Young (11/23/04), Santa Clara (11/28/04) and Oregon (1/29/05 ... Grabbed a season-high four rebounds in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) and against California (2/12/05).

#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Was enjoying his best season as a Cardinal until tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during second half against California (2/12/05) ... Had gone from a 3.4 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (17.9 ppg, #3 in the Pac-10), the biggest jump by a Division I player this year ... Scored 20 or more points in eight games and double-digits in points in 20 of 22 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 .500 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal and tenth-best in the Pac-10 ... Shot 50 percent or better in eleven games ... In his last two games (Arizona, California) before his season ending knee injury against California (2/12/05), hit 14-of-26 shots for .538 ... Stanford's third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #14 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 33.0 minutes per game, #6 in the Pac-10 ... Played 30 or more minutes in 19 of 22 games ... Second on the team in three-pointers (28) ... Hit .431 from behind the arc, sixth-best in the Pac-10 ... Hit at least one three-pointer in 17 of 22 games ... In his last three games, hit 5-of-8 shots from the behind the arc for .625 ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 45 points and eleven rebounds in Cardinal wins at UCLA (1/20/05, 75-64) and at USC (1/22/05, 78-70) ... Dished out a career-high six assists against Oregon State (1/27/05).

#32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Spring Mills, Pa
Has played double-digit in minutes in 15 of the 22 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) ... Collected eight points, six assists (only one turnover) and four rebounds in 29 minutes of play in Stanford's 74-58 victory at California (1/15/05) ... Has hit 20-of-24 free throw attempts for .833.

#52 Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Forward, Page, Az
Recorded his best game in a Stanford uniform against Oregon (1/29/05) with 20 points and 20 rebounds ... Both marks were career-highs ... Haryasz also became only the eighth player in school history to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game ... Hit 8-of-12 shots and also collected two blocks against the Ducks ... For his efforts, was named The Sporting News Player of the Week ... The team's leading rebounder (8.7 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected ten or more rebounds in five of the last six games beginning with ten at USC (1/22/05), eleven against Oregon State (1/27/05), 20 against Oregon (1/29/05), ten at Arizona State (2/3/05) and eleven against California (2/12/05) ... Began the year eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Collected eleven rebounds along with 13 points against Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Snared eleven rebounds along with 18 points against California (2/12/05) ... Added ten rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) and ten more at Washington (1/2/05) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 20 of 22 games ... Averaging 10.7 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in 14 games, including 18 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Also scored 18 points along with ten rebounds at USC (1/22/05) ... Collected 14 points along with nine rebounds at UCLA (1/20/05) ... The team leader in blocks (31, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has at least one block in 16 of 22 games ... Has 77 career blocks, seventh-best in school history ... In the last seven games, has averaged 15.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a finalist 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, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 18 games, including a current string of six straight games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (14.3 ppg, #9 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 ... Scored 23 points and made six free throws in the final 21 seconds in Stanford's 69-65 victory vs Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Averaging 4.1 apg (#6 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-pointers made (41) ... Hit 5-of-7 three point attempts at California (1/15/05) ... Hitting .449 (44-for-98) from behind the arc, fourth-best in the Pac-10 ... In the last nine games, has hit 24-of-45 shots from three-point range for .533 ... Averaging 1.7 steals per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Collected five steals at USC (1/22/05).

#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Center, Hampton, Va
In his third season as a starter at center ... Averaging 9.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Stanford's top shooter at .543 (#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 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) ... In the last nine games, has averaged 8.6 rebounds per game.

#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 ... Averaged 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 eight 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 eleven.

#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 4.5 rebounds per game ... Second on the team in steals (34, #7 in the Pac-10) ... Has 94 career steals, 14th-best in school history ... Tallied a career-high 17 points (6-for-8 from the floor) at Arizona State (2/3/05) ... Scored 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 nine rebounds against Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Collected eight rebounds against Brigham Young (11/23/04) ... Averaging 32.3 minutes per game, ninth in the Pac-10.

#44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Has seen more action in the last five games ... Has played double-digit minutes in four of those five games ... Scored a season-high eight points and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in 18 minutes of play against Oregon (1/29/05) ... Scored 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.

National Notation
Stanford began the 2004-05 campaign ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, and 26th in the Associated Press poll ... Several pre-season magazines also tabbed the Cardinal as a nationally-ranked squad ... The list includes The Sporting News (21st), Street & Smith's (25th), Basketball News (25th) and Lindy's (29th).

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