Stanford Men Prepare For Pac-10 Tournament
March 7, 2006
CARDINAL KICK OFF PAC-10 TOURNEY AGAINST ARIZONA: The Stanford men's basketball team (15-12, 11-7 Pac-10) take on Arizona (18-11, 11-7 Pac-10) on Thursday, March 9, at 12:20 p.m .in Staples Center at the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. KQKE (960 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
CARDINAL SPLIT WITH L.A. SCHOOLS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAMES: Arron Afflalo led four players in double figures with 16 points and the 15th-ranked Bruins captured their first conference title in nine years Saturday with a 75-64 victory against Stanford, securing the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament. Dan Grunfeld scored 14 points and Anthony Goods 12 for Stanford. Chris Hernandez sank two free throws with four seconds left to lift Stanford to a 58-56 victory over Southern California on Thursday night. Hernandez finished with 16 points and Dan Grunfeld added 14 as the Cardinal won its second straight. Lodrick Stewart scored 17 points to lead the Trojans, who lost their fifth in seven games. Matt Haryasz blocked three shots to move into sole possession of third place on Stanford's all-time list with 123.
PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: Stanford seniors Matt Haryasz and Chris Hernandez were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference first team today as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Freshman Mitch Johnson was an honorable mention pick on the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team as well. Hernandez is a three-time first-team all-league honoree.
TOURNAMENT ODDS AND ENDS: Stanford is seeded fifth in this year's tournament (Arizona and Stanford finished in a tie for fourth place, but by virtue of the Pac-10's tie breaker, Arizona will hold down the No. 4 seed as it defeated Stanford twice in head-to-head competition this season.) .... The last time Stanford won the Pac-10 Tournament title was in 2003-04 ... The last time the Cardinal entered the tournament as a five-seed was in 2002 when they went 0-1 ... This is the second time Stanford has been the No. 5 seed in the tourney.
LAST YEAR AT PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: Stanford defeated Washington State, 60-58, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament ... Chris Hernandez led the team with 18 points while Matt Haryasz added 15. Four Stanford players scored in double figures, but Washington prevailed with a 66-63 decision in the semifinals of the league tournament. Haryasz scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Cardinal.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (213-480-3232 in Los Angeles), or online at www.pac-10.org or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $285 for premier seating, $235 for lower bowl, and $125 for upper bowl.
THE STANFORD-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday's game is the 71st meeting between the two schools with Arizona holding a 45-25 series advantage. Stanford has won five of the last nine meetings in the series, which dates back to 1937, but Arizona has won the last three, including the last meeting, a 76-72 win in Palo Alto on Feb. 19. All-time,Stanford is 7-24 in series games played in Tucson, 16-18 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 2-3 in neutral-site games.
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.
MR. CLUTCH, PART THREE: If it's a close game, you will probably find the ball in the hands of senior guard Chris Hernandez ... With 0.2 second left on the clock, senior Chris Hernandez was fouled beyond the three-point line with Stanford trailing by three against Washington. The Fresno native stepped to the charity stripe and drained two of the three before the Huskies called a timeout. Hernandez then made the third free throw to send the game into overtime which the Cardinal won 76-67 ... The very next game, Hernandez hit a three-pointer with 11.3 second left on the clock to give Stanford the 57-56 win over Oregon. Saturday night, he scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Cardinal to a 71-64 win over Oregon State, after leading scorer Matt Haryasz left the game with an eye injury in the first half ... Last night against USC, Hernandez sank two free throws with four seconds left to lift Stanford to a 58-56 victory over Trojans, leading the team with 16 points on the night.
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 1,220 after scoring nine against UCLA on Saturday ... Matt Haryasz broke the 1,000 career mark as well and currently has 1,069 ... Keep an eye on Dan Grunfeld as well - he has 957 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 41 blocks this season which ranks ninth 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 77-of-81 (.951) from the line in league play .... He is shooting 348-of-405 (.859) from the charity stripe for his career ... The Stanford record for consecutive free throws made is 49 by Ryan Mendez (2000-01).
HOW GOOD IT IS: Freshman reserve Anthony Goods (Corona, CA) is making the most of his minutes over the past few games ... He tipped in the game-winner against WSU (2/25) ... Goods set career highs in rebounds (7) vs. the Cougars and tallied a career high 12 points and 30 minutes played against UCLA on Saturday.
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 20 times this year ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 15games 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 7-4 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 6-8 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 28 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: Senior Matt Haryasz is third in career blocked shots at Stanford (126) ... Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Michael McDonald (1997-01) who is in fifth overall with 393 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 385 (6th). 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 (.766) ... Matt Haryasz ranks sevenh in scoring (16.6) and second in rebounds (8.9) ... He is also second in blocked shots at 1.72 per game while third in offensive rebounds (2.80 pg) and second in defensive rebounds (6.08 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 16th in points per game (12.5 ppg) and 12th in rebounds per game (5.1) ... Chris Hernandez is third in 3-pt FG made (2.48) per game and second in free throw percentage (.901) ... He ranks 12th in points per game with 13.9 ... Hernandez is second in 3-pt. FG percentage (.482) and 10th in minutes played (32.81).
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.
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.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO: Stanford defeated Washington State, 39-37 ... 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).