Stanford Men's Basketball Prepares For Fresno State

Dec. 18, 2006

CARDINAL TRAVEL TO FRESNO STATE: The Stanford men's basketball team (6-2, 0-0 Pac-10) hit the road this week to face Fresno State (9-1) in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. The game will be broadcast in the Fresno area on the Bulldog Sports Network. The broadcast will feature Ralph Wood, as the play-by-play announcer, and Bob Donewald as the color commentator. 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.

SATURDAY RECAP: Stanford, playing its first game since topping Texas Tech Dec. 3, fell 62-46 Saturday to Santa Clara, ending a four-game Cardinal win streak. Mitch Johnson scored nine points and Robin Lopez had eight points and six rebounds in Stanford's return to the hardwood from final exams. The Cardinal were 4-for-27 from the field in the first half and scored 12 points in the stanza. Santa Clara led by as many as 22 points in the second half, but Stanford's 7-foot Lopez twins helped get the Cardinal back in it. Robin made a tip-in before his brother Brook scored five straight points to make it 40-27.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Broncos come to the Farm with a 7-3 overall record ... On Monday night, Santa Clara defeated Eastern Washington, 91-68 at home ... John Bryant led the team with 20 points and 11 boards while Mitch Henke chipped in 17 points ... The team is led by Sean Denison (11.3 ppg/5.6 rpg) and Danny Pariseau (10.0 ppg/4.4 apg) ... Stanford holds a 48-25 advantage in the all-time series with the Broncos and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two schools ... Santa Clara won the most recent meeting, however, a 86-76 win at Santa Clara in 2004-05.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE COURT: Stanford's FG percentage of .275 against Santa Clara was its lowest of the year ... The squads best was .582 vs. UC Davis ... Lawrence Hill has led the team in scoring in four of eight games this season ... Tuesday's game vs. Fresno State will be Stanford's first road game of the season ... In eight games thus far, the Cardinal have played seven at home and one nuetral game in San Jose ... Stanford's first out-of-state contest will be December 28, when they open league play against Arizona State in Tempe.

WELCOME HOME: Brook and Robin Lopez return home to Fresno on Tuesday ... The twins are local Fresno products from San Joaquin Memorial ... Brook and Robin are the second and third Fresno locals to play for the Cardinal ... The first? Three-time first-team all-conference pick Chris Hernandez.

HOME COOKING: Stanford is 5-2 in Maples Pavilion this season ... The Cardinal have had 13 straight winning seasons ... The Cardinal has won 50 of its last 58 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is 15th in scoring (14.8) ... Robin Lopez ranks 12th in the league in rebounds (6.9) and Hill is tied for 14th (5.9) ... Hill is third in the conference in FG percentage at .593 ... Mitch Johnson is 7th in the league in assists per game (4.38) ... Goods is third in 3-pt. FG made (2.50 per game) ... Robin Lopez is second in the league in blocked shots (2.63 bpg) while Hill is tied for ninth (1.00 bpg) ... As a team, Stanford is second in the conference in Rebounding defense (30.9) and is fourth in FG defense (.408) ... They are third in blocked shots (4.38 bpg) and third in rebounding margin (+8.0)..

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 14.8.

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 21 blocks (2.6 bpg) in eight games ... Lopez is currently eightth on the single season freshmen block record at Stanford.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior center Peter Prowitt missed Saturday's game against Santa Clara with pain in his knees ... His is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. Fresno State.

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.

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 will take a break for the holidays then open Pac-10 Conference play at Arizona State on Thursday, December 28 in Tempe at 7 p.m. MT. The Cardinal will then face Arizona on Saturday December 30 at noon MT in Tucson in a game broadcast by FOX Sports Network.

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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