Cardinal Men Open Pac-10 Play In Los Angeles

Dec. 27, 2005

CARDINAL OPEN PAC-10 ACTION ON THE ROAD: The Stanford men's basketball team (4-4, 0-0 Pac-10) look to keep their momentum going as they face No. 11 UCLA (10-1, 0-0 Pac-10), Thursday, December 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif on FOX Sports Net. The Cardinal then take on USC (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, December 31, at 1 p.m. in the Staples Center. Both games will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM). Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL IMPROVE TO 8-0 IN THE PNC: Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld scored 11 points each and Matt Haryasz added 10 in Stanford's 58-34 victory over Princeton in the Pete Newell Challenge ... Freshman Mitch Johnson had five points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in another impressive performance off the bench ... Stanford improved to 8-0 all-time in this event after beating San Francisco 93-83 in overtime last year ... The Cardinal also picked up a win over Denver as Haryasz had 24 points and 13 rebounds with a 71-49 victory ... Grunfeld added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak.

STANFORD AND PAC-10 OPENERS: The Cardinal are 8-2 in their Pac-10 openers since 1995-96 ... The two opening losses came in 2002-03 and '04-'05.

HOME GROWN: Junior Fred Washington (Los Angeles, CA/Bishop Montgomery) and freshman Anthony Goods (Corona, CA/Centennial) hail from Southern California for the Cardinal ... Three total players call the state of California home (Washington, Goods and Chris Hernandez).

BY THE NUMBERS: Three Cardinal starters are averaging over 30 minutes per game - Haryasz, Hernandez and Grunfeld ... Stanford is 4-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 1-4 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all eight games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's five double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 15 for his career) ... Haryasz is currently averaging over 10 rebounds per game - the last Cardinal to do that over a season was Curtis Borchardt (2001-02) ... The Cardinal have held their last three opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field ... Freshman Lawrence Hill grabbed a season- and career-high nine boards vs. Princeton (12/21).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is in fifth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (92) and needs three more to move into a tie for fourth with former Cardinal standout Josh Childress (2001-04). Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 321 (7th). He also has 112 career steals, and is tied for eighth in the record book with Wolfe Perry (1975-79) who has 112 ... Haryasz has had three 20-plus point games and five double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Freshman Lawrence Hill pulled down a season and career-high nine rebounds vs. Princeton (12/21).

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Matt Haryasz leads the league in rebounds per game (10.1) and is third in points per game (18.1) ... He is also seventh in blocked shots at 1.29 per game while second in offensive rebounds (3.43 pg) and first in defensive rebounds (6.71 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 13th in points per game (14.8 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.8) ... He also checks in 7th in defensive rebounds (4.33) per game ... Chris Hernandez is 8th in 3-pt. FG percentage (.415) ... He is seventh in 3-pt FG made (2.13) per game and fifth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.85).

WIN NO. 100: Head coach Trent Johnson recorded his 100th win as a head coach in Stanford's 71-49 victory over Denver on December 19, 2005 at Maples Pavilion. Coach Johnson has a 101-91 record in seven years as a head coach.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: Over the past 10 years in the Pac-10, Stanford and Arizona have won four league titles each and compiled 139-41 (.772) records over that span in conference play.

UP NEXT: Stanford will host Oregon State in its Pac-10 home opener on January 5 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal will then match-up with Oregon on January 7 at 1 p.m. in a game on FOX Sports Bay Area.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior Fred Washington is still out with tendinitis in his left knee ... He is listed as day-to-day but is unlikely for this week's contests against UCLA and USC.

Bruin Notes ...
* UCLA is currently on a seven-game winning streak heading into Thursday's game.* Arron Afflalo scored 22 points to lead UCLA to an 86-56 rout of Sacramento State last week. Jordan Farmar added 15 points and nine assists to the effort.* UCLA expects to have sophomore forward Josh Shipp back in the lineup for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in September.

The Stanford-UCLA Series...
The Bruins hold a 124-88 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinal ... However, Stanford has won the last six in a row and eight of the last 10 meetings ... Last year in Los Angeles, the Cardinal won 75-64 ... Stanford's last road regular season loss to UCLA came in 1996-97 (68-87 loss).

The Stanford vs. Pac-10...
Stanford is 612-650 all-time versus Pac-10 opponents and are 235-373 on the road against league foes ... The Cardinal are 31-70 vs. UCLA on the road.

Coach Ben Howland...
Ben Howland was named the 12th head coach in Bruin history on April 2, 2003 ... He led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 ... In '03, he guided the University of Pittsburgh to a No. 4 ranking and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament ... In 2002, was named Big East Coach of the Year and consensus National Coach of the Year.

PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will take place at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout Adam Keefe is the Cardinal recipient in 2005-06. Keefe's name appears in the Stanford record book 38 times. The three-time all-conference selection was named to five all-america teams during his three seasons on The Farm. He was a first round draft pick in 1992 by the Atlanta Hawks. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Trojan Notes ...
* Lodrick Stewart led USC with 19 points in their win over NC AT&T.* Denver is in the middle of a five-game road swing.

The Stanford-USC Series...
Stanford and USC are tied at 113-113 in the all-time series between the two teams ... The Cardinal have won four of the last five meetings and six of the last 10 ... Last year, Stanford defeated USC, 78-70 in Los Angeles ... The Cardinal's last loss in Los Angeles to the Trojans came in 2001-02 (L, 82-90) ... Stanford is 45-63 all-time on the road vs. USC.

Coach Tim Floyd...
Tim Floyd was named USC's men's basketball coach on January 14, 2005 ... He had been the head coach of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets ('03-'04) and Chicago Bulls (1998-'02) ... In 1996, was named the Big Eight Coach of the Year and runner-up for AP National Coach of the Year after leading Iowa State to the school's first-ever Big Eight Tournament Championship.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN CONFERENCE MEDIA POLL: The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. The poll shows that defending Pac-10 champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Stanford picked up nine first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. UCLA, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes is slotted for third place. Washington, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, is picked fourth, followed by California, Oregon and Oregon State. USC narrowly edges out Washington State for eighth, while Arizona State rounds out the preseason poll.

HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. In addition to the numerous 'on the court' accolades his players picked up, several student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.

TICKET TUESDAY: Every Tuesday before a home game a limited number of tickets may be released for purchase online. Tickets are subject to availability. Visit gostanford.com or contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD.

WINTER MADNESS: Take advantage of the Stanford student's winter break. With the students on break, it has opened up a limited amount of tickets to be purchased for the January 5 and January 7 games. Don't miss your chance to see the Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford Cardinal in four great games.

PURCHASE A 6TH MAN T-SHIRT AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTH: Purchase a special edition of the ever popular Stanford 6th Man t-shirt and support the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Stanford Men's Basketball and the 6th Man Club recently partnered with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to become the official philanthropic activity for Stanford Basketball. Half of the proceeds from the shirt sales will go directly to the Children's Fund, which helps pay for medical care for those who are uninsured.

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.

LISTEN TO THIS: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.

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