Cardinal Men Prepare For L.A. Schools

March 1, 2006

CARDINAL CLOSE OUT LEAGUE PLAY AT HOME: The Stanford men's basketball team (14-11, 10-6 Pac-10) take on USC (17-10, 8-8 Pac-10) on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in Maples. On Saturday, March 4, the Cardinal will face #13/15 UCLA (22-6, 12-4 Pac-10) at 1 p.m. in a game broadcast on CBS. KNEW (910 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL SPLIT AGAINST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: Freshman reserve Anthony Goods scored on a tip-in with 3.7 seconds left Saturday to give Stanford a 39-37 victory over Washington State. Chris Hernandez, who led Stanford with 10 points, missed a 15-foot jump shot that Goods converted when no defenders blocked him out. The total of 76 points was the lowest in a Pac-10 game since Oregon State defeated Oregon 29-23 on March 23, 1984 (prior to the shot clock). Forward Mike Jensen made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points, leading No. 17 Washington past Stanford 75-57 on Thursday night. Matt Haryasz and Peter Prowitt led the Cardinal with 10 points each. Stanford shot just 37 percent.

GRUNFELD NAMED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Dan Grunfeld (River Hills, WI) was named to the first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Academic men's basketball team as announced by CoSIDA. Grunfeld is an American Studies major who carries a 3.66 GPA. He is averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Cardinal this season.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TIES: Two current Stanford student-athletes hail from the Southern California area ... Junior Fred Washington (Los Angeles) and freshman Anthony Goods (Corona).

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO: Stanford defeated Washington State, 39-37 on Saturday ... The Cardinal's 39 points was the team's lowest score in a victory since a 38-33 win over UCLA in 1946-47. Stanford had not scored fewer points in any game since a 42-34 loss to UCLA in 1981-82 ... The total of 76 points was the lowest in a Pac-10 game since Oregon State defeated Oregon 29-23 on March 23, 1984 (prior to the shot clock).

1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING: This season senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,195 after scoring 10 against WSU on Saturday ... Matt Haryasz broke the 1,000 career mark as well and currently has 1,052 ... Keep an eye on Dan Grunfeld as well - he has 929 career points.

NOTABLE: Dan Grunfeld scored a career-high 31 points against Arizona State (2/16) ... He joins teammate Chris Hernandez in the 30-point at Stanford (Hernandez had 30 vs. USF, 04-05) ... Matt Haryasz scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games before leaving the OSU game (2/4) in the first half ... The last Cardinal player to do that was Casey Jacobsen during the 2000-01 season ... On the year, Haryasz has 10 20-plus point games ... The last Stanford player to win back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors was Todd Lichti in 1989-99 (that year was honored three times as a player of the week) ... Haryasz has 37 blocks this season which ranks 11th for a single season on The Farm.

HOT HERNANDEZ: Senior guard Chris Hernandez made 34 consecutive free throws attempts before missing a shot against Arizona (2/19) ... Hernandez is 70-of-73 (.959) from the line in league play .... He is shooting 341-of-397 (.859) from the charity stripe for his career ... The Stanford record for consecutive free throws made is 49 by Ryan Mendez (2000-01) ... Hernandez has currently strung together 11 consecutive free throws.

HOW GOOD IT IS: Freshman reserve Anthony Goods (Corona, CA) made the most of his minutes last weekend, tipping in the game-winner against WSU on Saturday afternoon ... Goode set career highs in rebounds (7) and minutes (22) vs. the Cougars and tallied a career high eight points on Thursday versus Washington.

THREE-PEAT: A Stanford basketball player claimed weekly conference honors for three consecutive weeks (Matt Haryasz - Jan. 23 &30; Chris Hernandez - Feb. 6) ... This is the first time in school history to claim the honor three straight weeks.

INJURY BUG: Stanford was bitten by the injury bug last year, ending the season with only nine healthy players ... This year, the Cardinal have also dealt with a series of injuries ... Senior Matt Haryasz has missed two games this season with an ankle injury and missed most of the Oregon State game (2/4) when he left with an eye injury ... Sophomore Peter Prowitt missed two games this year with back spasms and junior Fred Washington is out for the season after electing to have surgery to repair a tear in his patella (left knee).

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring 19 times this year ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 14 games this season ... 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 7-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 2-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 25 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's nine double-doubles is second in the Pac-10 (he has 19 for his career).

COACH J AND BIG WINS ON THE FARM: Stanford head coach Trent Johnson has already produced an upset win over then-No. 10 Washington (1/29) this season ... Last year, the Cardinal scored wins over No. 13 Arizona (1/8) and No. 10 Washington (4/5).

AROUND THE COURT: Freshman Mitch Johnson dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Washington on Thursday night ... Senior Matt Haryasz is fourth in career blocked shots at Stanford (120) ... Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 378 (7th). He also has 130 career steals ... Haryasz has had 10 20-plus point games and nine double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 win of the season against Oregon State.

BLOCK PARTY: Freshman Lawrence Hill's six blocks against Washington tied a school record for most blocks in a single game ... It also ties the single game high this season in the Pac-10 ... The 10 team blocks vs. the Huskies was a season high for the Cardinal ... The Stanford record for blocked shots in a single game is 13 (vs. Oregon St., 2003-04).

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Stanford leads the league as a team in free throw percentage (.770) ... Matt Haryasz ranks fifth in scoring (17.3) and second in rebounds (9.0) ... He is also fourth in blocked shots at 1.61 per game while third in offensive rebounds (2.87 pg) and second in defensive rebounds (6.09 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 17th in points per game (12.4 ppg) and 13th in rebounds per game (5.2) ... Chris Hernandez is third in 3-pt FG made (2.60) per game and leads the league in free throw percentage (.910) ... He ranks 12th in points per game with 14.0 ... Hernandez is second in 3-pt. FG percentage (.489).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (.770) ... The team is tied for 50th in blocked shots per game (4.4 bpg) ... Chris Hernandez is second in the country in three-point field goal percentage (.489) and is sixth in free throw percentage (.910) ... Matt Haryasz is 44th nationally in rebounds per game (9.0).

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: The Cardinal prepare for the Pac-10 Tournament, held March 8-11, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.

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.

Last Week For USC...
Nick Young scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, leading USC to an 89-84 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night. Lodrick Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans, who had a difficult time against the last-place team in the conference before pulling ahead 76-66 with an 8-0 run capped by Young's two free throws and a layup off an offensive rebound with 3:58 remaining. Malik Hairston scored 16 of his 18 points in the final 12 minutes to help lead Oregon to a 73-61 victory over USC on Thursday night. Ryan Francis scored 18 points for USC (16-10, 7-8). Trojans scoring leader Nick Young finished with 14.

Trojan Notes ...
USC played their last scheduled game at the Sports Arena on Feb. 25 and defeated Oregon State 89-84. Both Nick Young (33 points, 14 rebounds) and Abdoulaye N'diaye (13 points, 10 rebounds) set career highs in points and rebounds. The Sports Arena has been USC's basketball home since the 1959 season. USC scored 89 points vs. Oregon State on Feb. 25, their most in a game this season and most since also scoring 89 at California on Feb. 19, 2005. USC is averaging 69.3 points per game this season, third among Pac-10 teams.

The Stanford-Usc Series...
USC leads the all-time series with Stanford 114-113 ... The Cardinal have won four of hte last five ... USC is 1-5 in their last six games played at Stanford ... The Trojans defeated Stanford 82-71 at Staples Center on Dec. 31 as all five USC starters scored in double figures and the team outrebounded the Cardinal, 39-31 ... Stanford's last home loss to USC came in 2001-02 (L, 77-58).

Coach Tim Floyd...
In his first season at the helm of the Trojans' basketball program, Tim Floyd has guided USC to a 17-10 record. His win total is one of the best ever by a USC men's basketball coach in their first season. Floyd brings 17 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 260-140 record in his 13 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC.