No. 13 Stanford Men Host Sonoma State In Exhibition On Saturday

Nov. 1, 2005

CARDINAL KICK OFF EXHIBITION SCHEDULE WITH SONOMA STATE: The 13th-ranked Stanford men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2005-06 season with an exhibition game against Sonoma State (0-0, 0-0 CCAA) at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion, Saturday, November 5.

ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES: Sonoma State is coached by Pat Fuscaldo, who is in his 12th season at the helm of the program ... They return four starters from last year's team which went 16-11 overall and 13-7 in league play (CCAA) ... Junior forward J.T. Tipton led the league in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and team in scoring (14.2 ppg) .... The Seawolves also return senior guard Vince Inglima (11.7 ppg/3.0 rpg) as well as sophomore guard Andrew Kochevar (9.4 ppg/3.0 rpg) ... Sonoma State will play exhibition games against Stanford, Arizona and USF before kicking off the regular season ... The two teams have meet only one time before this year which resulted in a 73-42 win for the Cardinal in Stanford (1982-83).

CARDINAL PREPARE FOR 2005-06 SEASON: While the 2005-06 squad looks to be stacked with experience, as three starters return, youth may be an equal part of the equation for success this season. Stanford's four seniors - Chris Hernandez, Jason Haas, Matt Haryasz and Dan Grunfeld - will figure prominently into the mix this year.

The backcourt duo of Hernandez and Grunfeld is considered one of the top in the nation and will anchor the Cardinal offense this season. Hernandez, a two-timefirst-team all-conference selection, averaged 15.2 points per game as well as 4.0 assists in 2004-05. Grunfeld was the team's leading scorer with 17.9 points per game before when he went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, missing the final nine games.

With the loss of forward Nick Robinson and center Rob Little, Stanford will look to sophomores Peter Prowitt and Taj Finger to step up and provide solid play. Depth could be an issue for the Cardinal as forwards Fred Washington and Finger, along with Prowitt, will have to help Haryasz hit the boards. Haryasz averaged 12.5 points and is the Pac-10's returning rebound leader at 9.1 rebounds per game. He posted 11 double-doubles, including 10 over the final 15 games of the season.

Once again, Stanford will play a tough Pac-10 schedule as well as games against Gonzaga (at Spokane, Wash.), Virginia Tech (Las Vegas Shootout), Montana (at Missoula, Mont.) and Princeton (Pete Newell Challenge). For the first time, the Pacific-10 Tournament (March 8-11) will feature all 10 league teams and a shot at the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

04-05 YEAR IN REVIEW: It was a year of roster deletions for the Cardinal mainly because of injuries ... Stanford was down to nine healthy players (eight scholarship players, one walkon) as it ended the 2004-05 season ... Dan Grunfeld missed the last nine games of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered against California (2/12/05) ... Grunfeld, who underwent surgery on Feb. 23, was the team's leading scorer (17.9 ppg, #5 in the Pac-10) and third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby did not play this year because of a broken left foot ... Tim Morris missed the last 19 games of the season because of eligibility issues, while two other players, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, decided to devote all their time to football ... Despite all the injuries, Stanford won 12 of its last 18 games to chalk up an overall record of 18-13, and 11-7 in the Pac-10 (third place) ... Stanford's 18 wins assured the Cardinal of its 12th straight winning season ... With the season ending injury to Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez checked in as the team's leading scorer on the active roster 15.2 ppg (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little was the team's leading shooter at .517 (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz was the team's leading rebounder (9.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (37, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson were among the league leaders in steals ... Hernandez was fourth in the Pac-10 at 1.73 steals per game while Robinson was seventh at 1.52 per game ... Stanford was second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (68.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.425) and free throw percentage (.737).

UP NEXT: The Cardinal play one more exhibition game before kicking off the 2005-06 regular season against UC Irvine (November 19 at Noon) ... Stanford will host Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
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1. Duke (28)
2. Connecticut
3. Texas (2)
4. Villanova (1)
5. Michigan State
6. Oklahoma
7. Gonzaga
8. Louisville
9. Arizona
10. Kentucky
11. Boston College
12. Memphis
13. Stanford
14. Alabama
15. West Virginia
16. Syracuse
17. Illinois
18. UCLA
19. Wake Forest
20. Iowa
21. Maryland
22. Indiana
23. Iowa State
24. George Washington
25. Nevada

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