Hoop Vols open vs. Stanford

The Hawaiian islands will be the setting when Tennessee kicks off its 2004-05 basketball season. The Vols will travel to the island of Maui to meet Stanford in the opening round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Nov. 22 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

One of the nation's most prestigious tournaments, the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features eight of the nations top teams. Seven of the eight teams in this year's field received postseasons bids last season, including five NCAA Tournament invitations. This year five of the eight teams received mention in ESPN.com's Sizzling Summer Top 50. Joining Tennessee and Stanford in the tournament are host Chaminade, Texas, Iowa, Louisville, BYU and North Carolina.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Trent Johnson, Stanford is led by preseason Wooden Award candidate Chris Hernandez. A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, Hernandez averaged 10.0 points per game while leading the Cardinal to a 30-2 overall record and their 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Also a key part of the Stanford lineup is junior guard/forward Dan Grunfeld, the son of two-time Tennessee All-America selection Ernie Grunfeld. A threat to score from anywhere on the court, Dan Grunfeld averaged 3.4 points in limited action on a talented Stanford squad last season. Ernie Grunfeld, who went on to play nine seasons in the NBA and is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Washington Wizards, ranks second all-time at Tennessee and fifth in SEC history with 2,249 career points.

Tennessee's opening round game against Stanford will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. Hawaiian time (11:30 p.m. Eastern) and will be televised by ESPN2. The Vols will meet either North Carolina or BYU in the second round of the tournament.

Remaining All-Day Tickets, as well as Booster Tickets for all eight schools, will go on sale August 17, 2004, at 8 a.m. Hawaii time (2 p.m. Eastern time) via the official tournament web site at www.mauiinvitational.com, and through Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agency, which can be reached at (800) 826-3822.


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