Cardinal Men Prepare For Las Vegas Showdown

Dec. 13, 2005

CARDINAL IN LAS VEGAS TO TAKE TAKE ON VIRGINIA TECH: The Stanford men's basketball team (2-3, 0-0 Pac-10) conclude their three-game road swing with a match-up with Virginia Tech (7-3, 0-1 ACC) in the Las Vegas Showdown, December 17, at 9:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN as the team tries to snap a two-game losing streak. The Cardinal return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion to host Denver, December 19 at 7 p.m. FOX Sports Bay Area will televise the game locally. The games will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM). Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL DROP TWO ON THE ROAD: It was a tough road trip for the Cardinal as they dropped games to Montana (L, 88-69) and UC Davis (L, 64-58) ... Matt Haryasz led Stanford with 22 points and 12 rebounds vs. the Grizzlies, while Dan Grunfeld finished with 16 after having just three at halftime. Chris Hernandez added 12 points and four assists. Against the Aggies, Matt Haryasz led Stanford with 20 points and Tim Morris added 15 ... It was the Cardinal's first loss to UC Davis in 13 meetings.

BACK IN ACTION: After a 13-day break for 'dead week' and finals the Cardinal are back in action this Saturday versus Virginia Tech ... Stanford will play Saturday, Monday and Wednesday before the holiday break.

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is in fifth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (91) and needs four more to move into a tie for fourth with former Cardinal standout Josh Childress (2001-04). Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 318 (7th). He also has 110 career steals, needing two more to tie for eighth in the Cardinal record book with Wolfe Perry (1975-79) who has 112. Tim Morris notched a career-high 15 points vs. UC Davis on Sunday evening as well as a career-high 36 minutes played. Haryasz tallied a season-high 22 points at Montana as well ... Haryasz has had two 20-plus point games and three double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Stanford is averaging five blocked shots per game.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Matt Haryasz leads the Pac-10, averaging 19.0 points per game ... Dan Grunfeld is tied for 8th (16.0 ppg) ... Haryasz also leads the league in rebounds with 11.0 per game ... Grunfeld is 13th (5.8) while Taj Finger is 15th (5.2) ... Chris Hernandez is 8th in assists (4.2 pg) while Finger's .630 field goal percentage is tops in the conference ... Hernandez is 7th in the league averaging 2.00 three-pointers per game ... Haryasz is tied for third in blocks with 2.0 per game.

99 AND COUNTING: Head coach Trent Johnson will be looking for his 100th career victory when the Cardinal face Virginia Tech on December 17. Coach Johnson has a 99-90 record in six years as a head coach.

SHOWDOWN HISTORY: The Cardinal have competed in the Las Vegas Showdown (formerly Las Vegas Shootout) twice, beating UNLV, 77-66 in 2002-03 and falling to BYU, 76-81 in 2001-02.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: Over the past 10 years in the Pac-10, Stanford and Arizona have won four league titles each and compiled 139-41 (.772) records over that span in conference play.

UP NEXT: Stanford plays host to Denver, December 19 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion then takes on Princeton in the Pete Newell Challenge, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Oakland.

Hokies Notes ...
* In the Hokies 73-64 win over St. John's, Coleman Collins scored 21 points while Zabian Dowdell added 18 ... It marked Tech's first win over a Big East team since the Hokies left the Big East in July of 2004.* Ten games into the season, the Hokies are forcing their opponents into 17.1 turnovers per game .. Tech averages just 10.3 turnovers per game.

The Stanford-Virginia Tech Series...
Virginia Tech has won the only previous meeting between the two team - a 77-71 victory in 1972-73.

The Stanford vs. ACC...
Stanford is 9-17 overall vs. ACC opponents and are 4-13 against them on neutral courts ... The Cardinal's last win over an ACC opponent was during the 2000-01 season (80-66 win over Georgia Tech) ... the last loss was to North Carolina in the Pre-season NIT (L, 74-57) in 2002-03.

Coach Seth Greenberg...
VT head coach Seth Greenberg won his 250th game as a collegiate head the Hokies 94-66 win over North Carolina A&T on Dec. 7 ... Greenberg has a career total of 251-201 in 16 seasons as a head coach ... The loss at #1 Duke was his 450th game as a head coach ... Greenberg is 3-7 against current Pac-10 schools but has never faced the Cardinal.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN CONFERENCE MEDIA POLL: The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2005-06 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 defending Pac-10 champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Stanford picked up nine first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. UCLA, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes is slotted for third place. Washington, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, is picked fourth, followed by California, Oregon and Oregon State. USC narrowly edges out Washington State for eighth, while Arizona State rounds out the preseason poll.

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. In addition to the numerous 'on the court' accolades his players picked up, 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.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2005 PETE NEWELL CHALLENGE: Tickets are on sale for the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Presented by TicketsNow, through all Ticketmaster outlets and at The Arena in Oakland box office. The ninth-annual college basketball event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21, at The Arena in Oakland. The Cal Golden Bears are back in the Pete Newell Challenge after a one-year absence, taking on Big East newcomer DePaul in the second game of the doubleheader. In the first game, which begins at 5:30 p.m., highly regarded Stanford will meet Princeton. This will be a rare West Coast appearance for both DePaul and Princeton, who will be participating in the Pete Newell Challenge for the first time. Ticketmaster can be reached in the Bay Area by calling 510.625.8497, 415.421.8497 or 408.998.8497, or online at

TICKET TUESDAY: Every Tuesday before a home game a limited number of tickets may be released for purchase online. Tickets are subject to availability. Visit or contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD.

WINTER MADNESS: Take advantage of the Stanford student's winter break. With the students on break, it has opened up a limited amount of tickets to be purchased for the December 19, January 5 and January 7 games. Don't miss your chance to see the Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford Cardinal in four great games.

PURCHASE A 6TH MAN T-SHIRT AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTH: Purchase a special edition of the ever popular Stanford 6th Man t-shirt and support the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Stanford Men's Basketball and the 6th Man Club recently partnered with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to become the official philanthropic activity for Stanford Basketball. Half of the proceeds from the shirt sales will go directly to the Children's Fund, which helps pay for medical care for those who are uninsured.

YEAR IN REVIEW: It was a year of roster deletions for the Cardinal mainly because of injuries ... Stanford was down to nine healthy players (eight scholarship players, one walkon) as it ended the 2004-05 season ... Dan Grunfeld missed the last nine games of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered against California (2/12/05) ... Grunfeld, who underwent surgery on Feb. 23, was the team's leading scorer (17.9 ppg, #5 in the Pac-10) and third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby did not play this year because of a broken left foot ... Tim Morris missed the last 19 games of the season because of eligibility issues, while two other players, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, decided to devote all their time to football ... Despite all the injuries, Stanford won 12 of its last 18 games to chalk up an overall record of 18-13, and 11-7 in the Pac-10 (third place) ... Stanford's 18 wins assured the Cardinal of its 12th straight winning season ... With the season ending injury to Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez checked in as the team's leading scorer on the active roster 15.2 ppg (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little was the team's leading shooter at .517 (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz was the team's leading rebounder (9.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (37, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson were among the league leaders in steals ... Hernandez was fourth in the Pac-10 at 1.73 steals per game while Robinson was seventh at 1.52 per game.

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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