Men's Basketball Prepares For Pete Newell Challenge

Nov. 30, 2006

CARDINAL HEAD DOWN THE ROAD FOR PNC: The Stanford men's basketball team (5-1, 0-0 Pac-10) will look to extend their three-game winning streak on Sunday, December 3, against Texas Tech (?-?) at 3:30 p.m. at the Pete Newell Challenge in HP Pavilion. CSTV will televise the game with Tom Hart and Steve Lappas providing the play-by-play and color comentary. 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.

TUESDAY RECAP: Lawrence Hill had 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double, as Stanford beat UC Davis 84-72 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory, avenging a demoralizing defeat from last season. Fred Washington added 14 points, five rebounds and six assists and Anthony Goods had 18 points with four 3-pointers for the Cardinal (5-1), who lost 64-58 last season in Davis. Stanford won its 13th in 14 overall meetings in the series, sending the Aggies to their eighth straight road loss dating to last season. Stanford hit 12 of its first 20 shots much to the delight of the crowd in Maples Pavilion.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders travel to San Jose with a 6-2 overall record ... TT defeated TCU, 70-60 on Wednesday night ... Texas Tech, led by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight, is closing in on Dean Smith's record as the winningest coach in college basketball history ... Knight will be making his second appearance in the Pete Newell Challenge, having brought his Indiana University team to the inaugural event in 1997. In the very first game in event history, Indiana beat USF, 65-52. Knight, the winningest active coach in the country, will start the 2006-2007 season with 869 victories in 40 years as a college head coach, the past five at Texas Tech, trailing only Smith (879) and Adolph Rupp (876) ... The Red Raiders are led by guard Jarrius Jackson who is averaging 22.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg ... TT is averaging 7.6 steals per game as a team and enter Sunday's contest on a two-game winning streak ... They are shooting .471 from the field and .696 from the line.

STANFORD AND THE PNC: Stanford has never lost in the Pete Newell Challenge, having won eight years in a row ... Last year, the Cardinal defeated Princeton, 58-34 ... The event will be held for the first time at HP Pavilion in San Jose, site of the 2007 NCAA West Regional, after nine years in Oakland ... Both games will be nationally televised for the fourth consecutive year by CSTV ... 2006 marks the 10th anniversary of the PNC.

HOME COOKING: Stanford is 5-1 in Maples Pavilion this season ... The Cardinal have had 13 straight winning seasons ... The Cardinal has won 50 of its last 57 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR: After six games in 2006-07, Stanford has a 5-1 record ... Last year? They were 2-4 after six.

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 18 blocks (3.0 bpg) in six games ... Lopez is currently eightth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford.

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 UPDATE: Freshman Will Paul suffered a mild ankle sprain last week and is listed as day-to-day.

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.

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