Stanford Faces Washington In Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals
March 11, 2005
Stanford (18-11 overall, 11-7 Pac-10) vs Washington (25-5 overall, 14-4 Pac-10)
The 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament
Friday, March 11, 2005, 8:45 p.m., Staples Center, Fox Sports Net
Stanford Cardinal Starters (18-11 overall, 11-7 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (12.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
F - Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Los Angeles, Ca (4.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (8.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 250, Senior, Liberty, Mo (8.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (15.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.9 apg)
Today's Pac-10 Tournament semifinal contest between Stanford and Washington will be the 121st meeting, the fifth longest in Stanford history ... The Cardinal holds a 64-56 advantage ... The two teams split the regular season with Washington scoring a 76-73 victory in Seattle (1/2/05), and the Cardinal posting a 77-67 win at Maples Pavilion (3/5/05) ... In their first meeting in Seattle, five Stanford players scored in double figures, led by Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez with 15 points each ... Matt Haryasz and Rob Little each collected ten rebounds ... In the Stanford victory at Maples Pavilion, Haryasz led the Cardinal with a career-high 24 points and ten rebounds ... Jason Haas came off the bench to score 18 points (13-for-14 from the free throw line) ... Last year, the Cardinal and Huskies met in the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament with Stanford earning a 77-66 victory ... Only one other time has Stanford played Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament ... That was on March 6, 1987 at Pauley Pavilion as the Huskies scored a 86-71 victory.
Trent Johnson, who was an assistant coach with the Washington Huskies from 1989-92, is in his first season at Stanford ... His career record (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada) is 97-85.
In the seven games since a knee injury ended the season for Dan Grunfeld, his teammates have picked up the pace in chalking up a 5-2 record ... During that span, Chris Hernandez is averaging 18.0 ppg, Matt Haryasz is averaging 17.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, Fred Washington has averaged 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, Nick Robinson is averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, Taj Finger is averaging 12.4 minutes per game, Jason Haas is averaging 21.9 minutes per game and made 17-of-18 free throw attempts for 94 percent, and Peter Prowitt has provided key minutes off the bench.
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 41-17 (.707) ... This year, Stanford is 3-3.
Senior center Rob Little will be playing in his 124th game (seventh-best in school history) today for Stanford, 93 games as a starter ... During that time, Stanford is 92-32 (.742) ... Senior guard Nick Robinson will be playing in his 108th game, 65 as a starter ... During those 65 starts, Stanford is 51-14 (.785) ... Matt Haryasz has collected ten or more rebounds in ten of the last 13 games ... Haryasz has ten double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year, including a current streak of four games ... Chris Hernandez remains the team leader in minutes played per game (34.5 mpg) ... Hernandez has played 30 or more minutes in 25 of 28 games played, including a current string of 13 straight games.