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Saturday, November 19, 2005

I Don't Want To Pile On

especially after a loss, but I actually never thought that the Stanford Cardinal men's basketball team was athletic enough to be part of the conversation for the Top Twenty. Today's result might be an aberration or a wake-up call, but I'm not sure that the hoops is as good down at The Farm as Cardinal fans might want you to think.

UC-Irvine 79, Stanford 63. (This after UC-Irvine lost its "heart and soul", Jeff Gloger, to a knee injury in the off-season. Now, the Cardinal was missing one of its top three players, Matt Haryasz, who tweaked an ankle on Friday, and that might explain why Stanford lost. But what I think that Coach Trent Johnson has realized is that the Cardinal must show its more than a three-man team of Haryasz, ace swingman Dan Grunfeld (who had 29 points) and PG Chris Hernandez (who had 13 and was the only other Cardinal player in double figures).

Clearly, the absence of Haryasz explains what happened. I doubt Coach Johnson thinks it's an excuse.

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