Cardinal Men Travel To Missouri State In NIT Tournament

March 15, 2006

CARDINAL TRAVEL TO MISSOURI STATE FOR FIRST ROUND OF NIT: The Stanford men's basketball team (16-13, 11-7 Pac-10) travel to Springfield, Missouri to face Missouri State (20-8) in a first round match up in the NIT on Friday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. CT. ESPNU will broadcast the game live with Craig Coshun and Reid Gettys calling the action. KQKE (960 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

2006 NIT: Stanford enters the NIT as the No. 7 seed while Missouri State comes in as the No. 2 seed ... The winner of the game between Missouri State and Stanford will play the winner of the Houston-BYU game on Monday, March 20.

CARDINAL ROLL PAST VIRGINIA: Chris Hernandez had 14 points in Stanford's easy 65-49 win over Virginia in an opening round National Invitation Tournament game Tuesday night. Dan Grunfeld added 12 points and Matt Haryasz had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal. The win advanced Stanford to Friday's first-round game at Missouri State.

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford was the only No. 7 seed to win in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday ... In three other games pitting No. 7 vs. No. 8 - the No. 8 seed won.

TOURNAMENT ODDS AND ENDS: Stanford is making its fifth NIT appearance in 2006 (1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94) and first since 1994 ... They are 7-3 in NIT games during that time ... The Cardinal are making their 16th straight postseason appearance dating back to 1988-89 ... Stanford has won the NIT once, in 1990-91 ... In the Cardinal's last appearance in the NIT, Stanford fell to Gonzaga, 80-76, in the first round ... Stanford is one of only 14 schools to have captured both the NIT and NCAA Championships.

LAST TIME OUT FOR MSU: The UNI Panthers turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and the Missouri State Bears couldn't get shots to fall as they dropped a 57-42 decision to UNI in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Savvis Center in St. Louis. For Missouri State, which came into the game with a five-game winning streak with eight wins in its last nine starts, the 15 field goals, 42 totals points and .288 field goal percentage were easily the Bears' lowest outputs of the season. The Bears' 19 second half points matched their previous low for a half for the season. Tyler Chaney scored 10 points in the first half for the Bears and finished with 14 as the only Bears to reach double figures.

BEAR NOTES: The Bears take a 20-8 record into the NIT with eight wins in their last nine regular season games before a loss to Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the State Farm MVC Tournament. Missouri State finished in a three-way tie with SIU and Creighton for second in the MVC regular season race with identical 12-6 records behind the 14-4 log punched up by Wichita State. The Bears recorded their 13th first division finish in 16 seasons in the Valley and their 21st first division conference finish in 24 seasons in Division I. Missouri State competed in the Mid-Continent from 1982 until joining the Valley in 1990..

THE STANFORD-MISSOURI STATE SERIES: The two teams have met only once before with Stanford winning 76-51 in 1998-99 (MSU was then known as Southwest Missouri State) in Palo Alto .. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in Springfield.

MISSOURI STATE COACH BARRY HINSON: Hinson came to Missouri State in 1999-00 after two years as head coach at Oral Roberts. This is his sixth winning season with the Bears, his third postseason ballclub and his second 20-win team. Hinson also had the Bears in the NIT in 2000 and 2005. His record in seven seasons at Missouri State is 128-89 and his overall mark in nine years as a college head coach is 164-112.

PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: Stanford seniors Matt Haryasz and Chris Hernandez were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference first team as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Freshman Mitch Johnson was an honorable mention pick on the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team as well. Hernandez is a three-time first-team all-league honoree.

TICKET INFORMATION: The Athletics Box Office in Hammons Student Center will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at (417) 836-7678. Tickets purchased by phone may be picked up in the East Court of Hammons starting at 12 noon on Wednesday. Ticket prices for all NIT games at Missouri State are $15 for lower level chairbacked seats, $13 for upper level chairbacks and $10 for reserved bleachers. Missouri State student tickets are $8 for chairbacks and $6 for reserved bleachers.

NABC DISTRICT 14 TEAM ANNOUNCED: Stanford senior Matt Haryasz was a first-team selection while teammate Chris Hernandez was a second-team pick to the NABC District 14 team.

GRUNFELD NAMED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Dan Grunfeld (River Hills, WI) was named to the first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Academic men's basketball team as announced by CoSIDA. Grunfeld is an American Studies major who carries a 3.66 GPA. He is averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Cardinal this season.

MR. CLUTCH, PART THREE: If it's a close game, you will probably find the ball in the hands of senior guard Chris Hernandez ... 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. 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 ... The very next game, Hernandez hit a three-pointer with 11.3 second left on the clock to give Stanford the 57-56 win over Oregon. Saturday night, he scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Cardinal to a 71-64 win over Oregon State, after leading scorer Matt Haryasz left the game with an eye injury in the first half ... Last night against USC, Hernandez sank two free throws with four seconds left to lift Stanford to a 58-56 victory over Trojans, leading the team with 16 points on the night.

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 1,254 after scoring 14 against Virginia on Tuesday night ... Matt Haryasz broke the 1,000 career mark as well and currently has 1,093 ... Keep an eye on Dan Grunfeld as well - he has 974 career points.

NOTABLE: Mitch Johnson tallied a season/career-high seven rebounds vs. Arizona (3/9) ... Dan Grunfeld scored a career-high 31 points against Arizona State (2/16) ... He joins teammate Chris Hernandez in the 30-point at Stanford (Hernandez had 30 vs. USF, 04-05) ... Matt Haryasz scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games before leaving the OSU game (2/4) in the first half ... The last Cardinal player to do that was Casey Jacobsen during the 2000-01 season ... On the year, Haryasz has 10 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 46 blocks this season which ranks third for a single season on The Farm.

HOT HERNANDEZ: Senior guard Chris Hernandez made 34 consecutive free throws attempts before missing a shot against Arizona (2/19) ... Hernandez is 79-of-84 (.940) from the line in league play .... He is shooting 354-of-412 (.859) from the charity stripe for his career ... The Stanford record for consecutive free throws made is 49 by Ryan Mendez (2000-01).

HOW GOOD IT IS: Freshman reserve Anthony Goods (Corona, CA) is making the most of his minutes over the past few games ... He tipped in the game-winner against WSU (2/25) ... Goods set career highs in rebounds (7) vs. the Cougars and tallied a career high 12 points and 30 minutes played against UCLA on Saturday.

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.

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