Cardinal Men Continue Homestand Against Denver

Nov. 22, 2006

CARDINAL TO HOST DENVER ON SATURDAY: The Stanford men's basketball team (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) continue their six-game homestand with Denver on Saturday, November 25 at 1 p.m. 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.

FRIDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill scored a career-high 21 points, including a key basket in the final 30 seconds, and Stanford held off a late rally by Northwestern, beating the Wildcats 58-53 on Friday. Taj Finger added 12 points as the Cardinal (3-1) won their 47th in 53 home games. Hill came up with a critical rebound of a missed Stanford free throw which led to an inside basket to put the Cardinal 57-53 heading into the final seconds. Hill finished with a game-high nine rebounds. Tim Doyle scored 13 points for the Wildcats (1-2) which fell to 12-32 against Pac-10 teams. Vince Scott added 11 points.

ABOUT DENVER: The Pioneers come to Palo Alto with a 1-3 overall record ... Denver notched their first win of the season on Sunday with a 74-68 victory over Northern Colorado ... Joseph Jackson led the team with 18 points while DaShawn Walker notched 12 boards ... Walker leads the team, averaging 16.0 ppg and 7.5 rebounds ... Last year, Stanford defeated Denver, 71-49, in Maples Pavilion ... Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the victory ... The Cardinal own a 6-2 record in the overall series with Denver and have won the last three match-ups ... The last Pioneer win over Stanford came in 1972-72, as Denver won 77-74 at home.

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 48 of its last 55 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill ranks 14th in the conference in scoring (15.3 ppg) while Anthony Goods is tied for 20th (13.8 ppg) ... Hill's FG percentage of .619 puts in seventh in the league ... Robin Lopez is 10th in FT percentage (.889) and 8th in rebounding (7.5 rpg) ... Mitch Johnson is third in assists (6.0 apg) while Fred Washington is 10th (3.5 apg) ... Goods ranks fourth in 3-pt. FG made (3.00 per game) ... Robin Lopez is second in blocked shots (2.75 bpg) while Lawrence Hill is tied for 10th (1.00 bpg) ... Mitch Johnson is second in the league in assist/turnover ratio at (4.80).

CAREER DAY FOR GOODS: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods set a career high with 30 points in Stanford's season opener against Siena ... His previous high was 12 against UCLA last season ... Goods went 11-of-16 from the field and added five rebounds and four assists.

CAREER DAY, PART II: Sophomore Lawrence Hill had a career-best 21 points in the Cardinal's 58-52 victory over Northwestern ... Hill also tied his career high with nine rebounds ... Hill currently leads the team in points per game, averaging 15.3.

BLOCK PARTY: In his collegiate debut, freshman center Robin Lopez tied the school record for single game blocks with six against Siena College ... Lopez currently leads the team with 11 blocks (2.75 bpg) in three games ... With one more block, Lopez will move onto the freshmen single season blocked shots list on The Farm.

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.

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 closes out its six-game homestand against UC-Davis on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Net Bay Area.

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.

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