Stanford Men Prepare For Arizona Schools

Jan. 18, 2006

CARDINAL TAKE ROAD TRIP TO ARIZONA SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (7-6, 3-2 Pac-10) take a three-game winning streak into Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, January 19 when they take on Arizona (10-6, 3-3 Pac-10) at 8:30 p.m. MT. The game will be aired on FOX Sports Plus (please check with your cable provider for the station). On Saturday, January 21, Stanford will face Arizona State (7-8, 1-5 Pac-10) at 6:30 p.m. MT in Tempe. The game will be broadcast locaaly on FOX Sports Net Bay Area. KNEW (910 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL DEFEAT CAL FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT TIME: Chris Hernandez made all six of his field goals with five 3-pointers on the way to 20 points, and Stanford won its third straight and sixth in a row over archrival California with a 75-61 victory Friday night. Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal, who beat the Golden Bears in Maples Pavilion for the 13th consecutive time for their first three-game winning streak of the season. The biggest difference in the game was free-throw shooting - Stanford shot 17-for-19 and Cal went a season-worst 11-of-24 from the line.

HOMECOMING: Two current Stanford student-athletes hail from Arizona ... Senior Matt Haryasz (Page) and freshman Lawrence Hill (Glendale) ... Only three players (dating back to 1979-80 season) have called Arizona home.

HERNANDEZ HITS 1,000 POINT MARK: Senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,011 after scoring 20 against California last Friday night.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Cardinal are still looking for their first road win of the 2005-06 season having gone 0-4 on road trips this season ... Stanford is 1-1 on neutral courts this year ... The last time the Cardinal did not win a single road game was the 1992-93 season when they went 0-12 on the road.

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

LOGJAM: The conference race has tighten up with UCLA sitting atop the league at 4-2 ... Four teams, including Stanford, are tied for second at 3-2 and another two teams come in at 3-3.

HOT HERNANDEZ: Senior guard Chris Hernandez was a perfect 6-for-6 (including 5-for-5 from three point range) against California on Friday night ... Hernandez has sunk five from beyond the arc twice before ... His career-high for three-pointers is six (6-for-7 at UC Irvine in 2003-04).

BY THE NUMBERS: Stanford's current winning streak of three games is the longest of any league team entering this weekend's contests ... Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring nine times this year and is currently on a four-game streak in double digits ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in nine games this season and is also on a three-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 6-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 2-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 13 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's six double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 16 for his career) ... Dan Grunfeld tied his career high with 11 rebounds against the Golden Bears on Friday night.

Last Week For Arizona ...
Malik Hairston scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lift Oregon to a 73-68 win over Arizona. The Ducks (9-8, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (10-6, 3-3) for the first time since 2002 and got their first victory against a ranked opponent since beating No. 25 Stanford on Feb. 6, 2003. Mustafa Shakur scored 19 points for the Wildcats and Hassan Adams added 15. Nick DeWitz had a season-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Beavers in a 75-65 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night. Hassan Adams had 22 points and five steals and Mustafa Shakur added 17 points for the Wildcats.

Wildcat Notes ...
In two games last week, Mustafa Shakur averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He connected on 57.7 percent of his attempts from the floor (15-of-26), including 42.9 percent from three-point range, and added four assists in the effort. Arizona's 10-6 start is the program's worst since the 1986-87 team also started 10-6.

The Stanford-Arizona Series...
Thursday's game is the 69th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 43-25 series advantage, although Stanford has won five of the last seven meetings in the series, and four of the last five in McKale Center. Arizona did capture the last meeting, 90-72, in Tucson on Feb. 5, 2005. All-time, Arizona is 26-10 in series games played in Tucson.

Coach Lute Olsen...
Is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 751-262 (.741) and 559-170 (.767) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 750th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2005, and became Arizona's career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004

The Stanford vs. Pac-10...
Stanford is 627-660 all-time versus Pac-10 opponents and are 235-375 on the road against league foes..

Last Week For ASU ...
Bryson Krueger had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Arizona State to its first conference win, a 65-63 overtime victory over Oregon State on Saturday. Antwi Antuahene made a runner in the lane to give the Sun Devils the lead with 8.6 seconds left in overtime, then rejected Jason Fontenet's shot with time running down. Marcel Jones got the rebound for the Beavers, but his eight-footer bounced off the rim. Aaron Brooks scored 19 points to lead shorthanded Oregon to a 67-53 win against Arizona State Thursday night at McArthur Court. Antwi Atuahene scored a season-high 21 to lead the Sun Devils.

Sun Devil Notes ...
* This year, junior Kevin Kruger leads the way as he is among the Pac-10 leaders in minutes per game (38.13/first), three-point field goals made per game (2.73/first), steals (1.60 pg/seventh), assists (4.20 pg/fifth) and scoring (14.3 ppg./10th).* ASU has picked it up at the defensive end in the past two weeks, as it has held its past three opponents to 40.3 percent from the floor (64-of-159) and just 9-of-42 (.214) from the three-point stripe.* ASU is third the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, hitting on 73.6 percent of its freebies (234-of-318), currently the fifth-best mark in school history.

The Stanford-ASU Series...
Stanford leads the overall series 32-26, but ASU will try and win three straight for the first time since winning five straight from 1992-94 ... Last year, ASU notched its first sweep of the Cardinal since 1993-94 with a 74-67 win on Feb. 3, 2005 ... Then ASU broke Stanford's 18-game home winning streak and ended a streak of 13 straight Cardinal wins over ASU dating to Jan. 31, 1998, with an 81-69 win on Jan. 6, 2005.

Coach Rob Evans...
Guided ASU to four postseason appearances in seven years with the Sun Devils ... 2003 squad posted 20 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995 ... 1997 SEC Coach of the Year and College Hoops Insider National Coach of the Year ... Led Ole Miss to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (1997-98) for the first time in school history.

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is tied for fourth in career blocked shots at Stanford (95) 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 342 (7th). He also has 119 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Haryasz has had four 20-plus point games and six double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 win of the season against Oregon State.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Stanford leads the league as a team in free throw percentage (.758) ... Matt Haryasz ranks fifth in scoring (17.0) and first in rebounds (9.1) ... He is also tied for seventh in blocked shots at 1.09 per game while third in offensive rebounds (2.82 pg) and first in defensive rebounds (6.27 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 12th in points per game (13.4 ppg) and ninth in rebounds per game (5.9) ... Chris Hernandez is fifth in 3-pt FG made (2.31) per game and fifth in the league in free throw percentage (.844) ... His assist/turnover ration ranks ninth as well ... Hernandez is seventh in 3-pt. FG percentage (.441) and 14th in scoring (12.8).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks 11th nationally in free throw percentage (.758) and 32nd in turnovers per game (12.9) ... Matt Haryasz ranks 38th in the nation in rebounds per game (9.1).

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: The Cardinal return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they host Washington State on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. Stanford then takes on No. 10 Washington on Sunday, January 29 at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports Net.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore center Peter Prowitt is still experiencing back pain and will not play this weekend ... 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.

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