Stanford Men Host Oregon State and Oregon This Week

Jan. 2, 2006

CARDINAL HOST OREGON SCHOOLS AT MAPLES: The Stanford men's basketball team (4-6, 0-2 Pac-10) return to the firiendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they take on Oregon State (7-5, 0-1 pac-10) on Thursday, Janurary 5 at 7 p.m. The Cardinal then host Oregon (7-6, 1-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, January 7 at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Net Bay Area.Both games will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM). Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

STANFORD DROPS TWO ON THE ROAD: Lodrick Stewart had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Southern California's other four starters also scored in double figures as the Trojans held off a late rally by Stanford for a 82-71 victory on Saturday at the Staples Center. Freshman Lawrence Hill posted a career-high 20 points to lead the Cardinal while Dan Grunfeld added 17 to the Cardinal effort. Arron Afflalo scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and No. 11 UCLA beat Stanford 71-54 on Thursday night, snapping two losing streaks to the Cardinal in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Bruins had lost eight straight at home to Stanford and six in a row overall. Matt Haryasz led the Cardinal with 13 points. The Bruins last beat the Cardinal on Feb. 23, 2002, and last beat them at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 8, 1997.

Beaver Notes ...
* OSU is also looking for its first Pac-10 win in 2005-06 on Thursday night.* Chris Stephens leads the squad in ppg (14.4), FT % (.932), minutes played (30.3) and 3-PT FG (20).* The Beavers have won three of their last five games and six of the last 10.

The Stanford-OSU Series...
Oregon State leads the all-time series with Stanford, 66-52 ... However, the Cardinal have won 11 of the last 12 meetings and 17 of the last 20 ... Last year, Stanford defeated OSU, 69-65 at home and lost 83-84 at Corvallis ... The Cardinal's last loss to the Beavers in Maples came in 1992-93 (L, 66-77).

Coach Jay John...
In 2005, John led the Beavers to their first winning season since 1990 ... In John's first year at OSU, he led the Beavers to their best Pac-10 finish since 1999, winning six league games and finishing tied for sixth ... Assumed his first NCAA head coaching job with OSU after spending 15 years as an assistant.

The Stanford vs. Pac-10...
Stanford is 624-660 all-time versus Pac-10 opponents and are 366-260 at home against league foes ... The Cardinal is 29-26 vs. the Beavers at home.

Duck Notes ...
* Oregon is 2-3 in its last five games and 4-6 in its last 10 ... They started the year 4-0.* Aaron Brooks had 19 points to lead Oregon to a 70-64 win over Oregon State, adding five assists and two steals to the effort.* As a team, the Ducks are shooting .464 from the field this season and averaging 72.5 points per game.

The Stanford-Oregon Series...
Stanford leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 81-41, and are currently on a five-game winning streak vs. UO ... The Cardinal is 17-3 in the last 20 meetings with Oregon ... Last year, Stanford defeated the Ducks, 88-69 in Maples ... The last time the Cardinal lost to UO at home was the 1985-86 season (L, 69-83) ... Stanford is 44-13 vs. Oregon at home.

Coach Ernie Kent...
Led the Ducks to the postseason in five of his eight years at Oregon, including a pair of NIT FInal Four appearances (1999, 2004) and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance (2002) ... 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year following a 29-2 season, and the school's first Pac-10 title since 1945 ... In 2000, led Oregon to 22 wins - the first 20-win regular season since 1976 ... Captured Oregon's first Pac-10 Tournament title in 2003

HOME GROWN: A total of five players in Stanford basketball history have hailed from the state of Oregon ... Themost recent being Olatunde Sobomehin (2002-03) from Portland.

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite a 4-6 record, the Cardinal have a rebound margin of +1.8 and are averaging 13.0 assists per game to their opponents 10.7 apg ... Matt Haryasz saw his streak of 24 consecutive game scoring in double digits come to an end against UCLA (12/31) when he left the game early with a left ankle sprain ... Stanford is 4-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 1-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 10 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's five double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 15 for his career) ... Freshman Lawrence Hill notched a season- and career-high 20 points against USC on Saturday afternoon ... Freshman Anthony Goods posted a season- and career-high five points against the Bruins (12/29) ... Sophomore Peter Prowitt pulled down a season-high (and career-tying) five rebounds vs. UCLA and had a season-high six points.

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is in fifth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (94) and needs one 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 330 (7th). He also has 116 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Haryasz has had three 20-plus point games and five double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Freshman Mitch Johnson had a season- and career-high eight points versus the Bruins on Friday night ... Senior Jason Haas tallied a season-high six points against UCLA (12/29) ... Stanford is still searching for its first Pac-10 win of the '05-'06 season as is Oregon State.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Matt Haryasz leads the league in rebounds per game (9.7) and is fourth in points per game (16.3) ... He is also seventh in blocked shots at 1.22 per game while second in offensive rebounds (3.00 pg) and first in defensive rebounds (6.67 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 11th in points per game (14.2 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.8) ... He also checks in 7th in defensive rebounds (4.00) per game ... Chris Hernandez is eighth in 3-pt FG made (1.90) per game and seventh in the league in free throw percentage (.818).

WIN NO. 100: Head coach Trent Johnson recorded his 100th win as a head coach in Stanford's 71-49 victory over Denver on December 19, 2005 at Maples Pavilion. Coach Johnson has a 101-91 record in seven years as a head coach.

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 will host Bay Area rival California, on Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m. in a game televised by FOX Sports Net Bay Area in Maples Pavilion.

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 take place at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout Adam Keefe is the Cardinal recipient in 2005-06. Keefe's name appears in the Stanford record book 38 times. The three-time all-conference selection was named to five all-america teams during his three seasons on The Farm. He was a first round draft pick in 1992 by the Atlanta Hawks. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

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.

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 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 year - Stanford's student radio station.

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