Stanford Men Host Virginia In Opening Round Of NIT

March 13, 2006

CARDINAL HOST VIRGINIA IN OPENING ROUND OF NIT: The Stanford men's basketball team (15-13, 11-7 Pac-10) take on Virginia (15-14, 7-9 ACC) on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m .in Maples Pavilion in an opening round match up in the NIT. ESPN will broadcast the game live. KQKE (960 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

2006 NIT: Stanford enters the NIT as the No. 7 seed while Virginia comes in as the No. 8 seed ... The winner of the game between Virginia and Stanford will play at Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) on Friday, March 17.

CARDINAL FALLS TO ARIZONA AT PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: Ivan Radenovic had 21 points and seven rebounds, Mustafa Shakur added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Arizona held off Stanford 73-68 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. Chris Hernandez scored all but five of his 20 points in the second half for the Cardinal. Matt Haryasz added 14 points and Peter Prowitt had 10 before fouling out with 3:26 remaining.

TOURNAMENT ODDS AND ENDS: Stanford is making its fifth NIT appearance in 2006 (1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94) and first since 1994 ... The Cardinal are making their 16th straight postseason appearance dating back to 1988-89 ... Stanford has won the NIT once, in 1990-91 ... In the Cardinal's last appearance in the NIT, Stanford fell to Gonzaga, 80-76, in the first round ... Stanford is one of only 14 schools to have captured both the NIT and NCAA Championships.

CAVALIERS NOTES: The Cavaliers bid to the 2006 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) marks their sixth postseason appearance in the last seven seasons. Virginia is participating in the National Invitation Tournament for the 12th time. The Cavaliers have won the NIT championship twice, in 1980 and in 1992, and have compiled an overall record of 15-9 in their 11 appearances in the tournament.

THE STANFORD-VIRGINIA SERIES: Virginia trails Stanford in the all-time series 3-1. The Cardinal have won the last two games in the series, although the last meeting took place more than 10 years ago. The initial meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1991 at Stanford with the Cardinal winning 74-60. The following season, UVa defeated Stanford 72-48 on Dec. 5, 1992 in University Hall. The series moved back out west in 1993-94 with Stanford winning at home 84-72 on Dec. 22, 1993. In the last meeting, the Cardinal won 64-60 in Charlottesville on Dec. 22, 1994.

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.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Stanford-Virginia game are available at Lower Level Reserved will be $20 and Upper Level General Admission will be $12 ($8 Child/Sr). All Stanford students will be admitted free with student ID.

NABC DISTRICT 14 TEAM ANNOUNCED: Stanford senior Matt Haryasz was a first-team selection while teammate Chris Hernandez was a second-team pick to the NABC District 14 team.

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 1,240 after scoring 20 against Arizona at the Pac-10 Tournament ... Matt Haryasz broke the 1,000 career mark as well and currently has 1,083 ... Keep an eye on Dan Grunfeld as well - he has 962 career points.

NOTABLE: Mitch Johnson tallied a season/career-high seven rebounds vs. Arizona (3/9) ... 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 44 blocks this season which ranks fourth 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 79-of-84 (.940) from the line in league play .... He is shooting 352-of-409 (.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 21 times this year ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 15 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 7-5 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 6-9 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 29 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 (127) ... Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Michael McDonald (1997-01) who is in fifth overall with 393 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 389 (6th). He also has 133 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 (.769) ... Matt Haryasz ranks seventh in scoring (16.5) and second in rebounds (8.7) ... He is also second in blocked shots at 1.69 per game while third in offensive rebounds (2.81 pg) and second in defensive rebounds (5.92 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 18th in points per game (12.2 ppg) and 15th in rebounds per game (5.0) ... Chris Hernandez is third in 3-pt FG made (2.46) per game and first in free throw percentage (.903) ... He ranks 11th in points per game with 14.1 ... Hernandez is second in 3-pt. FG percentage (.473) and 9th in minutes played (33.00).

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 112-100 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 took place at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout Adam Keefe was 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).

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).

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