Stanford Picked To Finish Third in Pac-10 Race

Nov. 5, 2004

Los Angeles, Ca - The Stanford Cardinal has been picked to finish third in the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

The Cardinal, the defending Pac-10 champion and winners of the conference title four of the last six seasons, picked up 194 points. The Arizona Wildcats, with four returning starters, gathered 19 first-place votes (253 points) and are picked the favorite this season. Washington, which returns all five starters, picked up the other seven first-place votes and is tabbed for second place (237 points).

'The team has been working extremely hard, and is trying to get better every day,' said first year head coach Trent Johnson before a large media turnout at the annual Pacific-10 Media Day on Thursday. 'The schedule is challenging, but if we defend and rebound at a high level, I think we'll be a solid team.'

Stanford returns three starters (Chris Hernandez, Rob Little, Nick Robinson) from a 2003-04 Cardinal squad that chalked up a 30-2 record, a 17-1 mark in the Pac-10, and was ranked #1 for four weeks.

Oregon is picked for fourth, followed by UCLA and USC. California narrowly edged out Oregon State for seventh place. Washington State and Arizona State round the pre-season poll.

Stanford will have one exhibition game this year, a Nov. 13 contest against Concordia University (Irvine). The game will be played at the Leavey Center at Santa Clara. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. Concordia is coached by former Stanford standout Kenny Ammann (1989-91).

The regular season opener is Nov. 19 against USF (8:30 p.m.) at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland. The Cardinal then hits the road for a trio of games at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24). Stanford's first opponent will be Tennessee (Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m. ht).

The Cardinal home opener at the new Maples Pavilion will be Dec. 18 against UC Davis.

The 2004-05 Pacific-10 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Arizona (19 first place votes), 253 points
2. Washington (7 first place votes), 237
3. Stanford, 194
4. Oregon, 167
5. UCLA, 156
6. USC, 116
7. California, 87
8. Oregon State, 86
9. Washington State, 73
10. Arizona State, 64