Cardinal Men Host California On Friday

Jan. 11, 2006

CARDINAL HOST GOLDEN BEARS AT MAPLES: The Stanford men's basketball team (6-6, 2-2 Pac-10) will host Bay Area rival California (9-4, 3-1 Pac-10) on Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Net Bay Area in their only contest of the week.The game will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM) as the Cardinal look to extend their two-game winning streak. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL SWEEP OREGON SCHOOLS: Matt Haryasz scored six of his 16 points in the final 3:57 and Stanford dealt Oregon its 11th straight defeat in the Bay Area with a wild 64-62 victory over the Ducks on Saturday.Chris Hernandez had 12 points and four assists for the Cardinal. The Ducks haven't won a conference game at either Cal or Stanford since beating the Golden Bears on Feb. 12, 2000, and they are 1-12 on their annual trip to Northern California since the 1999-2000 season. Chris Hernandez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final five minutes in helping Stanford beat Oregon State 80-66 on Thursday night. Lawrence Hill added 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes as the Cardinal (5-6, 1-2 Pac-10) beat Oregon State for the 13th straight time at home. Dan Grunfeld scored 14 (making all 10 of his foul shots) and Peter Prowitt added 12. Chris Stephens scored 16 points to lead the Beavers (7-6, 0-2), who lost their 14th consecutive conference road game. The Cardinal had five players in double digits in scoring, including four of five starters.

HOME COURT WINNING STREAK: The Cardinal will look to win their sixth consecutive game in Maples on Saturday against the Golden Bears ... Stanford has won five straight at home since an opening game loss to UC Irvine on 11/19.

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring eight times this year and is currently on a three-game streak in double digits ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in eight games this season and is also on a two-game streak in double digits ... Matt Haryasz saw his streak of 24 consecutive game scoring in double digits come to an end against UCLA (12/31) when he left the game early with a left ankle sprain ... Stanford is 5-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 2-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 12 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's five double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 15 for his career) ... Freshman Mitch Johnson tallied a career-high five assists vs. Oregon on Saturday and also matched his career high with eight points against the Ducks ... Sophomore Peter Prowitt posted career highs in points (12), minutes (30) and steals (2) against OSU on Thursday night ... On Saturday, he tied his career high in blocks with four versus Oregon.

AROUND THE COURT: Stanford's 80 points against Oregon State is the most since they notched 82 vs. Cal Poly in November ... Senior Matt Haryasz is in fifth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (94) and needs one 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 338 (7th). He also has 119 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Haryasz has had three 20-plus point games and five double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Freshman Mitch Johnson swiped a career- and season-high five steals vs. the Beavers on Thursday ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 win of the season against Oregon State on Thursday night ... Sophomore Taj Finger had a career high three steals versus OSU.

Cal Splits With Oregon Schools ...
Ayinde Ubaka scored a career-high 29 points and Leon Powe added 27 and to lead California to its third straight victory to open Pac-10 play 77-66 over Oregon on Thursday night. Aaron Brooks scored 18 points and Maarty Leunen added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who haven't won a conference game in the Bay Area since beating Cal on Feb. 12, 2000. Oregon State rushed out to an 8-0 lead in Saturday's opening minutes and went on to defeat Cal, 72-64, snapping the Bears' eight-game home winning streak. OSU shot 54.0 percent from the floor and sank 7-of-11 three-pointers, including a 3-for-3 effort by DeWitz. Cal did close the gap to 34-32 at the half on a trio of late three-pointers by Richard Midgley. But the Beavers used another 8-0 run to build a 51-40 advantage.

Golden Bear Notes ...
The Bears enter the week tied for first place in the Pac-10 with a 3-1 league mark despite last Saturday's 72-64 setback to Oregon State. Cal opened conference action with a sweep of USC and UCLA in Los Angeles Dec. 29-31, and if the Bears can knock off Stanford, they will have won their first three league road games for the first time since coach Pete Newell roamed the sidelines in 1957.

The Stanford-California Series...
California leads the all-time series with Stanford, 134-108, however the Cardinal have won the last five meetings and and 15 of the last 17 ... Stanford has won the last 12 meetings at Maples - the last loss came in 1992-93 ... Last year, Stanford defeated Cal 71-56 in Maples ... Stanford is 60-60 at home against the Golden Bears ... The Cardinal's last loss to Cal came in 2002-03 in Berkeley.

Coach Ben Braun...
Guided Cal to three consecutive NCAa Tournametn appearances (2001, 02, 03) and four overall in nine years at the helm ... In 1997, his first season at Cal, he led the Bears to a 23-9 record - the best at the school in 37 years - and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen ... Nine 20-win seasons in NCAA play, 13 20-win seasons overall ... Three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.

LEXUS GAUNTLET CHALLENGE: The Lexus Gauntlet continues as the Cal and Stanford men go head-to-head for another rival competition with the Lexus Gauntlet trophy up for grabs. The trophy currently sits within the Stanford campus after last years winning season. The latest standings are Cal: 25, Stanford: 20. For more information, www.lexusgauntlet.com. Two Legendary Teams. One Legendary Challenge.

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 hit the road to take on No. 24 Arizona, Thursday, January 19 in Tucson, Arizona on FOX Sports Net ... On Saturday, January 21, the Cardinal will take on Arizona State in Tempe - the game will be broadcast locally by FOX Sports Bay Area.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore center Peter Prowitt experienced acute back spasm this week at practice and is listed as day-to-day ... Junior Fred Washington has decided to have season-ending knee surgery (not yet scheduled) for a tear in his patella (left knee).

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.

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.

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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