Stanford Men Kick Off CBE Classic Against San Jose State
Nov. 13, 2006
CARDINAL HOST OPENING ROUNDS OF CBE CLASSIC: The Stanford men's basketball team (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens play in the College Basketball Experience Classic on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. against San Jose State (0-1) in Maples Pavilion. ESPNU will broadcast the game. Please check your local listings for time and channel. On Wednesday, November 15, the Cardinal will take on Air Force or Long Beach State at 5 or 7 p.m. Both games can be seen on ESPNU. Rich Ceillini and Krista Blunt will provide play-by-play and color commentary. On the radio, KNTS (1220 AM) will broadcast the Cardinal matchups. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
Other regional sites include: Marquette (Maine, Detroit, Idaho State, Marquette), Duke (Columbia, Duke, Georgia Southern UC Davis) and Texas Tech (Akron, Arkansas-Little Rock, Gardner-Webb, Texas Tech). The four regional winners advance to Kansas City on November 20-21 for the CBE Classic Championship at Municipal Auditorium. The Duke Region winner faces the Stanford Region winner at KC, while the Texas Tech and Marquette winners face off in the other semi-final. The CBE Classic is sponsored by the Gazelle Group.
SATURDAY RECAP: Anthony Goods scored a career-high 30 points and 7-footer Robin Lopez made an impressive college debut with 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead Stanford past Siena 92-72 Saturday in the season opener for both schools. Goods, a sophomore who started one game last season and had 12 points in his top performance, shot 11-for-16 and also had five rebounds and four assists. Fred Washington added 14 points and seven assists and Lawrence Hill 14 points for Stanford, picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10. The schools played two times previously, with Stanford winning the last matchup during the 1991-92 season. Alex Franklin scored 18 points for Siena, playing for the first time in raucous Maples Pavilion.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE: SJSU head coach George NEssman is in his second season at the helm of the program ... Stanford leads the series, 37-12. These teams are meeting for the first time since December 3, 1994 when the Cardinal posted a 68-52 victory ... San Jose State's last win in the series was a 56-52 win in San Jose on December 3, 1992. ...The last time the Spartans defeated Stanford in Maples Pavilion was in a 67-66 victory on December 15, 1979 ... Four of San Jose State University's five starters scored in double figures, but UC Santa Barbara came away with a 75-67 victory in the season-opening men's basketball game for each team ... Newcomers Tim Pierce, Darion Goins and Jamon Hill all scored in double figures in their San Jose State debut. Pierce, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, had 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first half. Goins, who was 7-of-12 from the field, scored 16 and Hill added 11 points and five assists. Center Menelik Barbary, the only returning starter from last year's squad was a fourth double-figure scorer for the Spartans with 11 points and added three blocked shots.
ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons are coached by Jeff Bzdelik who is in his second season at the helm of the program ... Jacob Burtschi and Tim Anderson scored 13 points each to lead a balanced Air Force attack as the Falcons rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 81-45, Friday night in front of 4,366 fans at Clune Arena in the season opener for both schools ... Air Force captured its 18th consecutive win at home and 26th straight against non-conference opponents at Clune Arena ... Stanford and Air Force are tied 5-5 in the all-time series ... The home team has won the matchup every time the two teams has faced off ... The Cardinal won the last meeting, 58-52 in 1980-81 ... The Falcons last victory came in 1979-80 at home (61-59) ... Air Force advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Illinois, 78-69, last year.
ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE: The 49er's are coached by Larry Reynolds who kicks off his fifth season with LBSU ... Long Beach State opens its 2006-07 season against Air Force in the CBE Classic ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the 49er's 3-0 ... The Cardinal are 2-0 at home vs. LBSU and won the last meeting in 2001-02, 94-77 ... The 49ers finished 18-12 last year, finishing third in the Big West Conference ... The 49ers won their lone exhibition game, defeating Chapman 95-61 on November 4 at the Walter Pyramid ... Aaron Nixon led four 49ers in double digits with a game-high 24 points ... Sterling Byrd added 16 points, Louis Darby 14 and Kejuan Johnson 12 ... Long Beach shot an impressive .600 (39-65) from the field and forced 29 Panther turnovers.
HOME COOKING: Stanford finished the 2005-06 season with a 11-3 record at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal has had 13 straight winning seasons ... The Cardinal has won 46 of its last 52 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.
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.
INJURY BUG: As the Cardinal begin the 2006-07 season, there are already a few players sidelined ... Freshman forward Brook Lopez had back surgery on a bulging disk in late September and is currently sidelined ... Junior center Peter Prowitt suffered a fracture of the medial tibia plateau in his right leg during Stanford's first practice and will be out at least six weeks ... Junior forward Taj Finger was experiencing back spasms last week but is expected to play on Saturday.
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 place at the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout George Yardley is the Cardinal recipient in 2006-07. Yardley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was an All-American during his senior season at Stanford and is considered one of the top forwards in school history. After Stanford, Yardley played three years of AAU basketball with Stewart Chevrolet and at the Los Alamitos Naval Air Base. Yardley later enjoyed a highly productive career in the NBA, winning All-Star honors six times.
SEASON OUTLOOK: After making their 13th consecutive postseason appearance in 2005-06, 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). The Cardinal played small last season with only four players on the roster taller than 6-6. That changes in 2006-07 with six players over 6-6, including two seven-footers. Junior Taj Finger (Mt. Kisco, NY) is one of two starters returning to the court for Stanford. At guard, sophomore Mitch Johnson (Seattle, WA) is Stanford's only other returning starter. Seven newcomers grace the 2006-07 roster and will add a complete new look to the Cardinal. Once again, staying injury free this season will play into the success of the squad.
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. 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.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Sophomore Lawrence Hill turned some heads last year when he blocked six shots in a single game against Washington last year ... That number ties the school record by an individual for most blocked shots in a single game ... Hill ended the season with 22 on the year - good enough to rank 7th all-time for freshmen shot blockers.
YOUTH IS SERVED: This year's team welcomes seven newcomers including five freshmen ... The class includes McDonald's High School All-Americans Brook and Robin Lopez ... Also expected to see time on the court this year are Will Paul, Da'Veed Dildy and Landry Fields.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stanford hosts Northwestern on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
LISTEN TO THIS: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.