Men's Basketball Host UBC In Exhibition Game On Tuesday
Nov. 6, 2006
CARDINAL HOST EXHIBITION ON TUESDAY BEFORE KICKING OFF SEASON ON SATURDAY: The Stanford men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will host British Columbia in an exhibition game on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will officially open the 2006-07 regular season schedule on Saturday, November 11 against Siena College (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. KNTS (1220 AM) will broadcast the game on Saturday.
ABOUT UBC: The Thunderbirds are coached by Kevin Hanson, who is in his seventh season at the helm of the program ... Hanson has guided the T-Birds to the CIS championship tournament three times in the past four seasons ... The team will be lead by Casey Archibald, who was named Canada West MVP and a first team CIS All-Canadian in 2005-06 after finishing sixth in conference scoring (18.3 ppg), in the top ten in three-point percentage and free-throw percentage, and top 15 in steals and assists.
ABOUT SIENA COLLEGE: The Siena Saints, led by head coach Fran McCaffery, will make their first trip to Maples Pavilion this weekend ... McCaffery, in his second year at the helm of the program, led the Saints to a fourth place conference finish last year, earning a bye to the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament ... The team is led by sophomore guard Kenny Hasbrouck, who was tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2005-06 ... Siena and Stanford have met on the court twice before with the two teams splitting, 1-1 ... The Cardinal won the last meeting, 94-72, in 1991-92, at the Cutlass Spartan Classic.
A LOOK AHEAD: Stanford will have a different look in 2006-07 with the departure of three all-conference starters and four veteran seniors (Jason Haas, Chris Hernandez, Dan Grunfeld and Matt Haryasz). The Cardinal loses one of the conferences top post players in Haryasz and one of the nation's top guards in Hernandez. Grunfeld, Haryasz and Hernandez all scored in double-figures for Stanford last year. Only four upperclassmen dot the Cardinal roster this season. Helping lead the team this year will be seniors Fred Washington (Los Angeles, CA) and Carlton Weatherby (Tacoma, WA). Washington is coming off of knee surgery last year, which forced him to miss most of the season while Weatherby has been a solid performer for Stanford off the bench.
YEAR IN REVIEW: Stanford made its fifth NIT appearance in 2006 (1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94) and first since 1994 ... The Cardinal made their 13th straight postseason appearance dating back to 1993-94 ... After a 65-49 victory over Virginia in the first round of the NIT Tournament, the Cardinal fell to Missouri State, 76-67, in the second round ... Stanford finished the season with a 16-14 overall record and were 11-7 in Pac-10 Conference play (T4th) ... Senior Matt Haryasz is one of three Cardinal all-time to post 1,000 points/700 rebounds/100 blocked shots... Senior guard Chris Hernandez finished his career with 1,265 points, 396 assists and 138 steals ... Former Cardinal players Brevin Knight and Todd Lichti were the only other Cardinal players to post 1,250 points, 300 assists and 100 steals ... Stanford's 39 points in its victory at Washington State is the fewest for a winning team in Pac-10 play since the introduction of the shot clock in 1986 ... Returning starters for the Cardinal in 2006-07 include sophomore F Taj Finger (4.8 ppg/3.3 rpg) and freshman G Mitch Johnson (3.4 ppg/3.3 apg).
UCLA PICKED TO DEFEND ITS PAC10 TITLE IN 2006-07: The UCLA Bruins are picked to finish first in the 2006-07 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 UCLA, the defending Pac-10 champion and Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, gathered 21 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Arizona picked up 13 first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. Washington is slotted for third place, followed by Oregon, which picked up the remaining first-place vote. California is picked for fifth, followed by USC and Stanford. Rounding out the preseason poll is Oregon State in seventh, followed by Arizona State and Washington State.
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