Men's Basketball Prepares For Arizona State On Thursday

Feb. 28, 2007

CARDINAL HOSTS ARIZONA SCHOOLS IN FINAL PAC-10 WEEKEND: The Stanford men's basketball team (17-10, 9-7 Pac-10) will host Arizona State (7-20, 1-15 Pac-10) on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. On Saturday, March 3, the Cardinal will play their final regular season home game when they take on Arizona (18-9, 9-7 Pac-10) at 12:30 p.m. in a game televised by ABC. Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin will call the action. Both games can be heard on the radio on KNTS (1220 AM) with Bob Murphy and John Platz providing play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Stanford is looking to stop a two-game losing skid after road losses to USC and No. 4 UCLA last weekend.

SATURDAY RECAP: Arron Afflalo scored 20 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 11 as the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated Stanford 75-61 to close out their first undefeated home season in 32 years Saturday ... Stanford was led by Brook Lopez with 23 points and nine rebounds and Lawrence Hill added 13. The Cardinal, which had 16 turnovers, has lost four of six ... Guard Anthony Goods, who had 20 points in Stanford's earlier win over UCLA, missed his fourth consecutive game because of a high ankle sprain ... Stanford used a full-court press in the final three minutes, but the Bruins passed through it and moved the ball around to kill the clock, forcing the Cardinal to foul.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: ASU enters Thursday's game with a 7-20 overall record, 1-15 in Pac-10 play ... They are coached by first-year head coach Herb Sendek ... The Sun Devils are 0-9 on the road this year and 0-7 in league play ... They are led by Christian Polk who is averagaing 12.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game ... Jeff Pendergraph is adding 12.4 points and a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game ... ASU is 1-4 in their last five games ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Devils 35-26 and are 20-10 at home ... The Cardinal have won the last three consecutive matchups and are 17-3 in the last 20 ... ASU's last win at Maples came in 2004-05 when they notched an 81-69 win over Stanford ... Earlier this season, the Cardinal defeated ASU, 71-60, in Tempe ... Four Stanford players scored in double figures including Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill, Taj Finger and Landry Fields.

LAST YEAR VS. ARIZONA STATE: Dan Grunfeld scored a career-high 31 points and Matt Haryasz added another 22 in helping Stanford beat Arizona State 82-69 at Maples. Chris Hernandez added 12 points and extended his consecutive free throw streak to 34 as the Cardinal ended a two-game losing streak with its eighth straight at home. Haryasz became the 35th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, following Chris Hernandez, who also reached the milestone earlier in the season. Haryasz also became the 13th player to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. The Cardinal shot nearly 56 percent from the field, led by Grunfeld. The senior small forward made five of his six shots and all eight of his free throws in the first half.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Cardinal are 11-4 in the friendly confines of Maples this year, shooting .459 from the floor ... They are averaging 71.7 ppg and 40.4 rebounds ... The Cardinal are winning by an average of 6.9 points and shooting .674 from the free throw line ... They are averaging 6.8 blocks pg and 5.1 steals pg ... At Maples, Lawrence Hilll is averaging 16.3 ppg while Brook Lopez checks in averaging 12.0 ppg ... Stanford is 4-1 in their last five home games and have won six of the last seven.

ARIZONA CONNECTIONS: Starting forward Lawrence Hill hails from Glendale, Arizona, where he attended Deer Valley High School ... He was a four-year varsity starter and captained his team from 2002-05 ... He was named the 2005 State Gatorade Player of the Year (AZ) ... He averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game his senior year ... In total, Stanford has had three players on their all-time roster from Arizona including Matt Haryasz (2002-06) and Keith Jones (1980-84).

DID YOU KNOW?: The Cardinal rank 12th nationally in team blocks per game (6.1) ... Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 22 of 27 games this season ... They are 16-6 in those games ... Stanford owns a 14-3 record when they lead at halftime ... When trailing? They are 3-7.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: On Stanford's 14 man active roster, nine are underclassmen ... To begin the year, the Cardinal started one freshman, three sophomores and one senior ... The most recent starting five features, two freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.

GOODS OUT WITH HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN: Sophomore guard Anthony Goods suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of the Washington game (2/11) and has missed the last four game (OSU, Oregon, USC, UCLA) ... He is not expected to play this week against Arizona State or Arizona ... He could make a possible return at the Pac-10 Tournament.

BROOK BABBLINGS: Freshman Brook Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) has hit his groove on the court ...He has scored 20 more more points in his last four games ... Over the past five games he is averaging a team-leading 19.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game ... He recorded a season/career high 26 points against Oregon ... He has recorded at least one block in his last 14 games and holds the school record for most blocks in a single game with 12 (vs. USC, 1/25/07) ... Brook has two double-doubles on the year (which includes a triple-double).

SENIOR DAY: Saturday afternoon's game vs. Arizona will be Senior Day for two Cardinal student-athletes ... Carlton Weatherby (Tacoma, WA) and Chris Bobel (Palo Alto, CA) will be honored before the game.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Lawrence Hill is fifth in scoring (16.1 ppg) and Anthony Goods is 18th (13.0 ppg) ... Hill is 11th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), Robin Lopez is tied for 12th (6.0 rpg), Brook Lopez is 14th (5.9 rpg) and Fred Washington is 18th (5.3 rpg) ... Hill is sixth (.523) in FG percentage ... Washinton ranks seventh (3.88 apg) in assists per game and Mitch Johnson is tied for ninth (3.48) ... Goods is fourth in 3-pt. FG made (2.43 per game) and fifth in minutes played (33.96)... Robin Lopez is first in the league in blocked shots (2.44 bpg), Brook Lopez is second (1.95 bpg) while Hill is eighth (1.11) ... Hill ranks seventh in 3-pt FG pct at .415 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in Rebounding offense (38.9) and third in FG Pct. defense (.409) ... They are first in blocked shots (6.15 bpg), first in defensive rebounds (26.41) and fourth in assists (15.15) ... Stanford is second in rebounding margin (+6.5).

CARDINAL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Cardinal are 5-4 vs. ranked opponents in 2006-07 with wins over then #24 Washington, then #23 Washington State then #25 USC, then #3 UCLA and then #15 Oregon.

HITTING THE BOARDS: Stanford is averaging 38.9 rebounds as a team this year, outrebounding their opponents by a 6.4 margin ... The Cardinal has outrebounded their opponent in 10 of the last 12 and are 7-5 in those contests ... Stanford's 6.4 rebound margin ranks second in the Pac-10.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: The Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament will run March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. ... All ten conference schools will participate in the tournament ... The championship game will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Mar. 10 (CBS) ... Media can apply online for credentials to the event ... Deadline for requests was Wednesday, Feb. 28.

WASHINGTON LANDS ON STANFORD SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS LIST: This season for the Cardinal, forward Fred Washington has definately stepped it up ... He has started all 27 games this season, averaging 30.1 minutes per game while shooting .536 from the field ... In his three previous seasons, Washington was averaging 3.5 points per game and this year's he's up to 8.0 ppg ... In three years prior, he dished out 45 assists total (0.75 apg) - this year he has a team-leading 105 assists so far and is averaging 3.88 per game ... His 105 assists ties him for 27th on Stanford's single season assists list.

BLOCK PARTY: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, have combined for 109 blocks through 26 games this season ... The tandem has combined for more blocks than seven of Stanford's nine Pac-10 opponents in the team blocks category.

HILL OF A PLAYER: Sophomore Lawrence Hill has turned it on in his second year on The Farm for the Cardinal ... Hill has led the team in scoring in 14 games this year and is averaging a team-leading 16.1 points per game as well as 6.0 rebounds per game ... Hill has scored in double figures 24 times and has one double-double on they year ... He has nine 20-plus point games including six of the last 11 ... Against Cal, Hill went 10-of-13 from the field (the 10 FG is a career best) ... Last season, Hill averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.4 rpg ... Hill has been named Stanford's Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week, twice this season ... He had scored in double figures for 13 consecutive game before being shut out at WSU ... Hill's five three pointers vs. OSU was a career best.

CONFERENCE CHATTER: Stanford is 9-7 in league play, averaging 68.4 ppg whIle shooting .451 from the field ... The team is averaging 38.4 rebounds per game while shooting .355 from beyond the arc ... At the same time last year, the Cardinal was 9-7 in league play heading into a game with USC.

NOTES FROM AROUND THE COURT: Stanford's 165 blocked shots so far this season ranks second for a single season on the Farm and one shy of the season record ... Sophomore Lawrence Hill has 52 blocked shots for his career which ranks 14th on the Farm ... Freshman Robin Lopez's 66 career blocked shots ranks 10th on the Cardinal charts ... Junior Peter Prowitt's 35 career blocked shots ranks him 25th in career blocked shots ... Anthony Goods 56 three pointers ties him for 19th for a single season .... His 155 three-point attempts ties for 13th for a single season.

UP NEXT: Stanford will head to Los Angeles for the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 7-10 at the Staples Center.

ROBIN RAMBLINGS: Freshman center Robin Lopez broke the Stanford freshman block record for a single season against USC earlier this season ... Lopez had three blocks on the night to bring his season total to 44 (previous record was 43 by freshman Tim Young in 1994-95) ... His 66 blocks in 2006-07 ranks second for a single season at Stanford ... The Cardinal record is held by Curtis Borchardt (2001-02) who had 85 blocks in a single season ... Lopez has recorded at least one block in 25 of 27 games this season and has recorded two or more blocks 19 times ... He has notched four or more blocks seven times ... Lopez ranks first in the conference averaging 2.4 blocks per game ... He is ranked 23rd nationally in blocks per game.

Fred Washington GRANTED MEDICAL HARDSHIP WAIVER: Senior Fred Washington has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA for his season-ending injury last year ... Washington only played in five games during the 2005-06 season before knee injury cut the season short ... Washington had surgery on January 23, 2006 to repair a tear in his patella in his left knee.

TIMES TWO: The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, are the second set of highly touted big men to grace The Farm ... Jason and Jarron Collins were the first set of big men to light up the court for Stanford in the late 90's and early 2000's ... The Collins twins both earned All-America honors during their college careers ... The Lopez tandem is contributing 18.7 ppg, 4.5 bpg and 11.0 rpg in the 19 games they have both appeared in.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: Stanford will have at least 24 of their games this season broadcast on television not counting the Pac-10 Tournament or potential postseason play ... Stanford is 15-8 in televised games so far this year ... Two of the Cardinal's last three games will be televised.

Brook Lopez RECOGNIZED FOR EFFORTS: Stanford forward Brook Lopez was named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 22-28. Lopez, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks as Stanford swept the Los Angeles schools. In the 65-50 win over No. 25 USC, Lopez recorded the first triple-double in school history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a school record 12 blocked shots. In the 75-68 upset of No. 3 UCLA, Lopez scored seven points and pulled down eight rebounds. Defensively, he helped keep UCLA's leading rebounders to just five boards for the game as the Cardinal outrebounded the Bruins 40-28. For the week, he shot 11-of-24 (.458) from the field and dished out 2.5 assists per game.

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 st udent-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.

YARDLEY TO ENTER 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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