Stanford Opens 2004-05 Season Vs USF At Pete Newell Challenge
Nov. 17, 2004
Stanford Basketball Team Opens 2004-05 Campaign Against USF at Pete Newell Challenge
Stanford (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs USF (0-0 overall, 0-0 WCC)
Friday, November 19, 2004, 8:36 p.m., The Arena in Oakland, CSTV
Cardinal Travels To Island Paradise of Maui for the EA Sports Maui Invitational
Monday-Wednesday, November 22-24, 2004
Stanford vs Tennessee (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC)
Monday, November 22, 2004, 6:30 p.m. HT, Lahaina Recreation Center, ESPN2
Stanford Cardinal Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 205, Junior, River Hills, Wi
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca
USF Dons Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 WCC)
F - Tyrone Riley, 6-7, 245, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca
F - Alan Wiggins Jr, 6-8, 225, Sophomore, Poway, Ca
G - John Cox, 6-5, 210, Senior, Philadelphia, Pa
G - Jerome Gumbs, 6-4, 210, Junior, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
G - Andre Hazel, 6-0, 190, Senior, Los Angeles, Ca
Tennessee Vols Starters (0-0 overall, 0-0 SEC)
F - Brandon Crump, 6-10, 250, Senior, Houston, Tx
F - Andre Patterson, 6-7, 210, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca
G - Scooter McFadgon, 6-5, 205, Senior, Memphis, Tn
G - Chris Lofton, 6-2, 190, Freshman, Maysville, Ky
G - C.J. Watson, 6-2, 170, Junior, Las Vegas, Nv
Stanford and USF will be meeting for the 64th time at the Pete Newell Challenge ... The Cardinal holds a 42-21 lead ... The last meeting took place during the 1995-96 season with the Dons scoring a 59-58 victory at the Cow Palace in San Francisco ... Even though Stanford has won 21 more games in the series, USF has won eight of the last 12 meetings dating back to the 1971-72 season ... This series started during the 1913-14 season, the first season of varsity competition for Stanford Basketball ... Stanford holds a 141-65 record against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools ... Stanford will face another WCC opponent, Santa Clara, on Nov. 28 at the Leavey Center ... This will be only second meeting between Stanford and Tennessee ... Their first meeting took place during the 1956-57 season with the Vols scoring a 51-47 victory in Nashville ... This will be the second straight game that Stanford will have played against a Southeastern Conference (SEC) school ... Alabama handed Stanford a 70-67 loss to end the Cardinal;s 2003-04 season at the NCAA Tournament in Seattle ... Stanford is 14-7 against SEC schools ... Dan Grunfeld's father, Ernie, enjoyed a stellar career at the University of Tennessee ... Ernie Grunfeld is Tennessee's all-time leading scorer (2,249 points) and helped the United States win the gold medal in basketball at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal ... Ernie Grunfeld also played several seasons in the NBA, and is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Washington Wizards.
This will be Stanford's seventh straight trip to the Pete Newell Challenge ... The Cardinal is 6-0 including a 87-80 victory over Gonzaga last year (12/20/03) ... In that game, Matt Lottich scored a career-high 34 points (six 3-pointers in seven attempts) ... Justin Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds while Rob Little scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds ... Stanford's 87 points broke the Pete Newell Challenge mark previously held by Cal (85) vs Georgia (64) on Dec. 21, 2000 ... At 6 p.m., Santa Clara will face North Carolina ... Stanford scored one its greatest victories in school history when Casey Jacobsen hit a short jumper with time running out to defeat then #1 ranked Duke, 84-83, at the 2000 Pete Newell Challenge ... A crowd of 19,804 witnessed the Stanford victory over Duke, the largest crowd to ever watch a collegiate basketball game in the state of California on December 21, 2000 ... It was also the largest crowd to watch a collegiate basketball game during the regular season on the West Coast.
Stanford will go to most places to play a basketball game ... This time, the stage is set for the beautiful island paradise of Maui as the Cardinal faces Tennessee in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 22 (6:30 p.m. ht) ... Stanford will be among eight of the nation's top teams that will play three games in three days (Nov. 22-24) at the Lahaina Civic Center, just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean ... The Stanford-Tennessee game will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. (Hawaii time) and will be televised on ESPN2 ... Other first round games are Texas vs Chaminade (9:30 a.m. ht), Iowa vs Louisville (Noon), and North Carolina vs Brigham Young (4:00 p.m.) ... ESPN will offer live coverage of the tournament with a minimum of nine games, including the championship game on Nov. 24 (4:30 p.m. ht). ... The EA Sports Maui Invitational is traditionally one of the strongest tournaments during the collegiate season ... This year is no exception ... North Carolina is ranked fourth in the pre-season Associated Press poll while Louisville is ranked 14th and Texas is 16th ... This will be Stanford's third trip to the Maui Invitational ... Stanford's previous appearances were during the 1987-88 and 1992-93 seasons.
Trent Johnson begins his first season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Johnson is the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history ... Johnson, a Stanford assistant coach for three seasons from 1996-99, had been the head coach at Nevada for the past five campaigns (1999-2004) ... During the 2003-04 season, Johnson led Nevada to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school record with 25 wins (25-9) ... During his first tenure at Stanford as an assistant coach, the Cardinal made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four (1997-98), reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996-97, 1997-98), captured the Pac-10 title (1998-99) nad chalked up a 78-20 (.796) overall record.
Stanford begins its 90th season of intercollegiate competition when the Cardinal faces USF at the Pete Newell Challenge ... The Cardinal is 73-16 in season openers, and has won 16 straight season openers dating back to the 1987-88 season.
Stanford's home, Maples Pavilion, is nearing completion of a $30 million renovation project that started a day after the conclusion of the last home game of the 2003-04 season ... The first men's basketball game at the new Maples Pavilion will be Dec. 18 against UC Davis ... Until that time, Stanford will play seven games away from Stanford ... That includes five neutral court games and two road games ... Following the game against USF at the Pete Newell Challenge, Stanford will play three games at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24), a Nov. 28 game at Santa Clara, a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This is the longest string of road or neutral court games to start the season since the 1934-35 campaign when Stanford played its first eleven games on the road ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 64-12 (.842) on the road ... Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 38-13 (.745).
Three starters are among ten lettermen returning on the 2004-05 Stanford varsity ... The ten players helped Stanford to a 30-2 record, a 17-1 Pac-10 championship record, a #1 national ranking for four weeks and a school record tenth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford lost Matt Lottich, Justin Davis and Joe Kirchofer to graduation, and Pac-10 Player of the Year Josh Childress to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, but the Cardinal seems well equipped to handle the transition, thanks to strong upperclass leadership and a familiar coach in Trent Johnson, a former Stanford assistant ... Stanford's experience starts in the frontcourt where senior center Rob Little averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year while forward Nick Robinson brings explosiveness and strong leadership to the team ... Matt Haryasz takes over as a starter at power forward and has the talent to rank among the top scorers and rebounders in the Pac-10 ... All Pac-10 guard Chris Hernandez possesses perhaps the best shooting touch in the Pac-10, having led the conference in both free throw percentage (.914) and three-point field goal percentage (.460).
Stanford begins the 2004-05 campaign ranked 25th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, and 26th in the Associated Press poll ... Several pre-season magazines also tabbed the Cardinal as a nationally-ranked squad ... The list includes The Sporting News (21st), Street & Smith's (25th), Basketball News (25th) and Lindy's (29th).
Dec. 18 is the date that the Stanford basketball team will move back into its home, Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal will face UC Davis after playing its first seven games on the road ... On March 1, 2004, Stanford University began a $30 million renovation of Maples Pavilion ... The project was expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season, but construction is ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, will include a new covered 29,000 square foot concourse around the exterior of the seating area, state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities with speaker systems, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation will also include a new playing court floor, upgraded locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a news media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration will feature a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl will include chair-back theater seats that will replace the wood bleachers ... After the renovation is complete, the building's capacity will be 7,233 ... Stanford completed its 36th season playing in Maples Pavilion during the 2003-04 season ... Stanford has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 124-21 (.855) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 49-3 (.942) vs non-league opponents and 75-18 (.806) against Pac-10 schools ... The Cardinal has a 16-game home court winning streak, currently the longest streak in the Pac-10 ... Stanford has won 24 of its last 25 home games.
Stanford has added a player to its 2004-05 varsity roster ... Kenny Brown is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman guard who will wear uniform #22 ... Brown hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Brown gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Brown helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Brown was student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
Stanford played one exhibition game this year, and the results were highly successful ... Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld combined for 45 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to power Stanford to an 88-64 victory over Concordia University of Irvine ... Hernandez scored a game-high 23 points in 31 minutes of play ... Hernandez hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers in five attempts ... Hernandez was perfect from the free throw line (10-for-10) and added seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot ... Grunfeld added 22 points (10-for-13 from the floor), seven assists, six rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes of play ... Nick Robinson added 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds along with two assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes ... Senior center Rob Little added ten points (5-for-7 from the floor) along with two blocks ... The Cardinal shot .596 (34-for-57 from the floor).
Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson will serve as Stanford's co-captains this year ... Hernandez, a junior guard, gained All Pac-10 honors ... Robinson, a senior forward, is a two-year captain and a two-time All Pac-10 Academic selection ... Hernandez is one of 50 players named a pre-season candidate for the 2004-05 John R. Wooden All-American team ... Hernandez is one of six Pac-10 players nominated as pre-season Wooden All-American candidates ... The list includes Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Channing Frye of Arizona, Leon Powe of Califoria, Nate Robinson of Washington and Salim Stoudamire of Arizona ... In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 ... In late March, the ten player Wooden Award All-American team will be announced ... Josh Childress, who now plays for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, was named to the Wooden All-American team last year.
Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction to the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ... The induction will take place at the 2005 Pacific-10 Tournament ... Rich Kelley is Stanford's inductee this year ... Kelley's school career rebound average of 12.4 per game may never be broken ... During the 1974-75 season, Kelley won the conference title in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and free throw percentage (.832) ... Kelley, who was the first 7-footer to play at Stanford, set a school record with 27 rebounds against Kentucky during the 1973-74 season ... During the 1972-73 campaign, Kelley set a school record by averaging 13.2 rebounds per game ... His 944 career rebounds is fourth-best in Stanford history ... The three-time all-conference selection averaged 18.6 ppg during his three-year Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... Kelley was a first round selection of the then New Orleans Jazz in 1975 and played eleven seasons in the NBA ... The other inductees are Arizona's Pete Williams, Joe Caldwell of Arizona State, Cal's Darrall Imhoff, Oregon's Blair Rasmussen, Ed Lewis of Oregon State, UCLA's Gail Goodrich, USC's John Rudometkin, Jack Nichols of Washington, and Gene Conley of Washington State.