Stanford Varsity Unveiled in Exhibition Game Against Concordia

Nov. 12, 2004

Stanford, Ca - The 2004-05 Stanford men's basketball varsity will be unveiled on Saturday (Nov. 13, 2004) in an exhibition game against Concordia University of Irvine. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara University.

This will be Stanford's only exhibition game this year. On Nov. 19, Stanford opens the regular season against USF at the Pete Newell Challenge at The Arena in Oakland. Then the Cardinal hits the road for a trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24).

Stanford will play seven games on the road before moving back to the renovated Maples Pavilion on Dec. 18 against UC Davis. Completion is nearing on the $30m Maples Pavilion project which started at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.

Stanford returns three starters along with seven other lettermen that helped chalk up a 30-2 record, a 17-1 mark in the Pac-10, and a tenth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament last year. Stanford's three returning starters (Chris Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson) will provide the anchor for this year's squad. Each provides different types of personalities that will add up to a winning formula. Hernandez is the fiery point guard leader; Little is the experienced big man who will provide scoring inside; while Robinson is the silent leader who has gained the respect of his teammates with his ability to help Stanford win numerous games.

Concordia is coached by former Stanford standout Kenny Ammann. Ammann played at Stanford during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 season, and helped lead the Cardinal to the NIT title in 1991. In the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden, Ammann hit five 3-pointers en route to 22 points as Stanford defeated Oklahoma, 78-72. Ammann ended his two-year Cardinal career with 105 three-pointers, 12th best in school history and a three-point shooting percentage of .429, fourth-best in school history.™