It was Stanford's final game at Maples Pavilion this year, and the Card opened the postseason NIT with their best all-around performance of the year in a 65-49 win over Virginia. Stanford scored, defended and entertained fans in this feel-good game. Revisit the vibes with these photos by Yuji Higaki, capturing good times one last time in 2005-06 at Maples Pavilion.
March 15, 2006
Senior Day is always a day to remember at Maples Pavilion, though the 2006 edition for Stanford Basketball slid downhill quickly after the pre-game festivities. For Dan Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez, Jason Haas and Matt Haryasz, it was a day to honor their four years on The Farm, and the two hours of horrific basketball against UCLA may be best forgotten. Yuji Higaki captures the moments before, during and after the game.
March 7, 2006
Somewhere in the back of the minds of the 7,334 fans this afternoon at Maples Pavilion, there was the idea that today's awful defeat to UCLA would not necessarily be the home finale for the Cardinal's four beloved seniors. Stanford may play their postseason in the NIT, which could offer more home games still this season. The decision has been made, however, to make this Senior Day the final Maples appearance for Stanford's seniors.
The nature of the beast for Stanford Basketball has changed in recent weeks, as opponents have sold out to stop Matt Haryasz and Chris Hernandez. Other Cardinal players have been left more unattended by defenses, and they have been spotty in making opponents pay. Freshman Mitch Johnson in particular has presented a slim scoring threat, and that could have him out of the starting lineup today, according to Trent Johnson.
It is easy to feel for Jason Haas this year. The oft-forgotten Stanford senior has seen his minutes and role diminished in his final season, as freshman Mitch Johnson has taken the driver's seat. But Haas can and should be commended for not complaining this year - instead helping Johnson develop and improve. The senior point guard talked this week about what the year has been like for him, and what emotion Senior Day will hold.
Some Thursday games do not make their way onto television due to the tight schedule crunch of the Pac-10, but contests like the one when USC visited Stanford at Maples Pavilion can hold drama that Cardinal fans cannot stand to miss. Fortunately, Yuji Higaki was on hand Thursday night to capture some of the moments and magic. Here are 20 photos of the tight 58-56 win over the Trojans, including the final infamous foul.
Thursday night's game for Stanford against Arizona State was not as close as the 13-point final margin might indicate. The Cardinal led from opening tip to the finish and several times held leads of 20 or more points. It was bevy of highlights on the offensive and defensive end, with every healthy player on the roster making their mark. Enjoy these three-pointers, drives, dishes, blocks and more from the 82-69 win.
February 19, 2006