Stanford Men Host Arizona State and Arizona This Weekend

Feb. 15, 2006

CARDINAL HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (12-9, 8-4 Pac-10) try to snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday, February 16 when they take on Arizona State (9-13, 3-10 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. On Sunday, February 19, Stanford will face Arizona (15-9, 8-5 Pac-10) at 12:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game broadcast on CBS. 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 DROP TWO ON THE ROAD: Adam Morrison scored 12 of his 34 points in the final 3 minutes to help the Bulldogs hold off Stanford 80-76 on Saturday night. Chris Hernandez led the Cardinal with 17 points, while Dan Grunfeld had 16. Stanford (12-9) stayed close during a thrilling second half, but was undone by Gonzaga's strong free-throw shooting. Leon Powe scored a career-high 32 points and California survived a late flurry from Stanford to win 65-62 Thursday night, snapping a six-game losing streak to its Bay Area rivals. Matt Haryasz led the Cardinal with 18 points and Chris Hernandez added 13.

HERNANDEZ/GRUNFELD NAMED TO DISTRICT ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Dan Grunfeld (River Hills, WI) and Chris Hernandez (Fresno, CA) were first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's basketball team selections as announced by CoSIDA. Both players are now eligible for national academic honors.

ARIZONA TIES: 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.

1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING: This season senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,136 after scoring 17 against Gonzaga on Saturday ... Matt Haryasz will reach the 1,000 career point mark with his next basket - he currently has 999 after scoring 11 against the Bulldog ... Keep an eye on Dan Grunfeld as well - he has 883 career points.

HOME COURT WINNING STREAK: The Cardinal have won eight 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.

NOTABLE: Matt Haryasz scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games before leaving the OSU game in the first half ... The last Cardinal player to do that was Casey Jacobsen during the 2000-01 season ... On the year, Haryasz has nine 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 28 blocks this season which ranks 18th for a single season on The Farm.

HOT HERNANDEZ: Senior guard Chris Hernandez has made 28 consecutive free throws attempts ... Hernandez is 53-of-55 (.964) from the line in league play .... He is shooting 317-of-372 (.852) from the charity stripe for his career ... The Stanford record for consecutive free throws made is 49 by Ryan Mendez (2000-01).

THREE-PEAT: A Stanford basketball player claimed weekly conference honors for three consecutive weeks (Matt Haryasz - Jan. 23 &30; Chris Hernandez - Feb. 6) ... This is the first time in school history to claim the honor three straight weeks.

INJURY BUG: Stanford was bitten by the injury bug last year, ending the season with only nine healthy players ... This year, the Cardinal have also dealt with a series of injuries ... Senior Matt Haryasz has missed two games this season with an ankle injury and missed most of the Oregon State game (2/4) when he left with an eye injury ... Sophomore Peter Prowitt missed two games this year with back spasms and junior Fred Washington is out for the season after electing to have surgery to repair a tear in his patella (left knee).

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring 16 times this year and is currently on a six-game streak in double digits ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 13 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 6-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 2-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 21 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's nine double-doubles is second in the Pac-10 (he has 19 for his career).

COACH J AND BIG WINS ON THE FARM: Stanford head coach Trent Johnson has already produced an upset win over then-No. 10 Washington (1/29) this season ... Last year, the Cardinal scored wins over No. 13 Arizona (1/8) and No. 10 Washington (4/5).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is third in career blocked shots at Stanford (111) ... Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 364 (7th). He also has 125 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Haryasz has had nine 20-plus point games and nine double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 win of the season against Oregon State.

BLOCK PARTY: Freshman Lawrence Hill's six blocks against Washington 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).

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Stanford leads the league as a team in free throw percentage (.763) ... Matt Haryasz ranks fourth in scoring (18.1) and second in rebounds (8.9) ... He is also fourth in blocked shots at 1.47 per game while third in offensive rebounds (2.95 pg) and second in defensive rebounds (5.95 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 16th in points per game (12.5 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.5) ... Chris Hernandez is third in 3-pt FG made (2.52) per game and leads the league in free throw percentage (.902) ... He ranks 11th in points per game with 13.9 ... Hernandez is first in 3-pt. FG percentage (.482).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks 10th nationally in free throw percentage (.763) ... Chris Hernandez ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.902) ... Matt Haryasz ranks 44th in the nation in rebounds per game (8.9).

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 make their final regular season road trip of the season when they travel to the Washington schools, taking on Washington (FSN) on February 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Washington State (ABC) on February 25 at 4 p.m.

ASU Last Week ...
Malik Hairston scored 22 points and Chamberlain Oguchi added 20 on Saturday to lead Oregon past Arizona State 98-87 in Pac-10 play, snapping a six-game losing streak. Sylvester Seay had a career-high 21 points. Jeff Pendergraph also had a career-high 21 for the Sun Devils, who had won two in a row for the first time since December. reshman Jeff Pendergraph scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Arizona State past Oregon State 76-59 Thursday night, handing the Beavers their fifth straight loss and seventh in the last eight games. Kevin Kruger added 17 points (including five three pointers) and Bryson Krueger 14 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Sun Devils (9-12, 3-9 Pac-10) earned their second straight win.

Sun Devil Notes ...
Freshman forward Jeff Pendergraph has 10 double-figure scoring games on the year ... He is now averaging 10.3 points per game ... In the past six games, he is averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds ... Junior Kevin Kruger has played eight 40-minute games on the year, including four of the past five contests, and is averaging 39.4 minutes in the past 10 games ... His 38.5 minutes per game average is tied for the top mark in ASU history with Stevin Smith (1993-94) ... Pendergraph and fellow freshman Sylvester Seay each scored 21 points on Saturday against Oregon, the first time in ASU history that two freshmen have scored 20 points in the same game.

The Stanford-ASU Series...
Stanford leads the overall series 33-26, but ASU has won two of the last three meetings ... Earlier this year, Stanford defeated the Sun Devils 70-64 in Tempe, snapping a two-game losing streak to ASU ... Prior to Arizona State's two wins last year Stanford had won 13 straight 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.

WASHINGTON OUT FOR THE SEASON: Junior Fred Washington is out for the season after having knee surgery 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

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