Stanford Basketball Prepares For Oregon Schools

Jan. 31, 2006

CARDINAL TAKE ON OREGON/OREGON STATE: The Stanford men's basketball team (10-7, 6-3 Pac-10) open the second half of league play on the road, taking on Oregon (10-11, 4-5 Pac-10), Thursday, February 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Eugene. The game can be seen in Oregon on the Oregon Sports Network (it will also be available on Direct TV; Comcast subcribers can check thier package to see if the game is available in the Bay Area). On Saturday, February 4, the Cardinal will face Oregon State (10-10, 3-6 Pac-10) at 5:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 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 SWEEP WASHINGTON SCHOOLS AT HOME: Chris Hernandez sank three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime and hit four more in the extra period, lifting Stanford to a thrilling 76-67 victory over No. 10 Washington on Sunday night. The Cardinal won their third straight to extend their home winning streak to eight games. It was their 13th straight win over the Huskies at Maples Pavilion. Matt Haryasz posted his fifth straight 20-point game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Haryasz had 22 points and nine rebounds to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-59 on Thursday night. Chris Hernandez added 11 points.

HARYASZ NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford forward/center Matt Haryasz has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 23 - 29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced this week. Haryasz, who hails from Page, Ariz., led the Cardinal in scoring in both victories over the Washington schools, averaging 23.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the weekend. On Thursday, Haryasz scored 22 points, shooting 9-of-13 (.692) from the field in Stanford's 69-59 victory over Washington State. He also posted nine rebounds, two blocks, and two assists in the win on the Farm. For the second straight week, Haryasz has played 38 minutes and 44 minutes in back-to-back games. Over the last four games, he has averaged 41 minutes of game time. Haryasz ranks 17th on the Cardinal's all-time career rebounding list, with 597 boards. Brent Williams (1990-94) is 16th with 611.

BLOCK PARTY: Freshman Lawrence Hill's six blocks against Washington on Sunday tied a school record for most blocks in a single game ... It also ties the single game high this season in the Pac-10 ... The 10 team blocks vs. the Huskies was a season high for the Cardinal ... The Stanford record for blocked shots in a single game is 13 (vs. Oregon St., 2003-04)

MR. CLUTCH: With 0.2 second left on the clock, senior Chris Hernandez was fouled beyond the three-point line with Stanford trailing by three against Washington on Sunday evening. The Fresno native stepped to the charity stripe and drained two of the three before the Huskies called a timeout. Hernandez then made the third free throw to send the game into overtime which the Cardinal won 76-67 ... Hernandez went 9-for-9 from the line in the game.

1,000 AND COUNTING: Senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,058 ... Fellow senior Matt Haryasz should join him this year ... He currently has 940.

NOTABLE: Matt Haryasz has scored over 20 points in his last five games ... The last Cardinal player to do that was Casey Jacobsen during the 2000-01 season ... On the year, Haryasz has eight 20-plus point games ... The last Stanford player to win back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors was Todd Lichti in 1989-99 (that year was honored three times as a player of the week) ... Haryasz has 22 blocks this season which ranks 25th for a single season on The Farm.

HOME COURT WINNING STREAK: The Cardinal have won eight consecutive game in Maples since an opening game loss to UC Irvine on 11/19.

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring 12 times this year and in eight of the last 10 games ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 11 games this season ... 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 8-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Hernandez has at least one three-pointer made in all 17 games this season ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 17 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's eight double-doubles is second the Pac-10 (he has 19 for his career).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is ranked fourth in career blocked shots at Stanford (105) becoming only the fourth player on The Farm to reach 100 blocks for a career. Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 355 (7th). He also has 124 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 road win of the season against Arizona State ... Haryasz has recorded at least one block in the last five games ... Mitch Johnson set a career high in minutes vs. Washington (44).

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Stanford leads the league as a team in free throw percentage (.770) and are third in rebounding (35.5) and blocked shots (4.41) ... Matt Haryasz ranks third in scoring (19.0) and second in rebounds (9.1) ... He is also fifth in blocked shots at 1.47 per game and fifth in field goal percentage (.510) ... He leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.27 pg) and is 10th in free throw percentage (.789) ... Dan Grunfeld is 14th in points per game (12.9 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.8) ... Chris Hernandez is fifth in 3-pt FG made (2.24) per game and second in the league in free throw percentage (.877) ... Hernandez is fourth in 3-pt. FG percentage (.442) and 16th in scoring (12.5).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (.770) ... Matt Haryasz ranks 40th in the nation in rebounds per game (9.1) ... Chris Hernandez is 23rd in free throw percentage (.877).

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 begin a second week of road games when they travel to Berkeley to play California on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net) ... On Saturday, February 11, they will face Gonzaga in a non-conference matchup in Spokane (ESPN).

INJURY UPDATE: Junior Fred Washington had surgery on Monday, January 23, to repair a tear in his patella (left knee) and is out for the season.

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.

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