Stanford Vs.Oregon: Sanford Fall 78-67 in Eugene

The Cardinal begin their Pac-12 play with a victory over the UCLA Bruins by the score of 60-59. Make sure to check out Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Oregon, Final Score: Cards Fall in Eugene 78-67

The Stanford Cardinal have had it rolling as of late, but ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Oregon Ducks; well, the Ducks’ Devoe Joseph actually. Joseph would drop 30 big ones on the Cardinal, ensuring a 78-67 Ducks wins.

Joseph was 9-15 from the floor, including 5-7 from downtown, leading all scorers in the game this evening. Stanford’s Josh Owens dropped 19, while Aaron Bright added 14, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Ducks proved to be too much tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon had just a two point lead at the half, but exploded in the second for 44 points, blowing past Stanford in the process. The Cardinal also bailed Oregon out by sending them to the line 26 times, compared to the nine free throws taken for the Card.

With the loss the Cardinal move to 12-3 on the year, and 2-1 in Pac-12 play.

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Stanford Vs. USC Final Score: Stanford Cruises To 51-43 Win

The Stanford Cardinal men's basketball team hosted the USC Trojans on Saturday evening at the Maples Pavilion, in the second Pac-12 game for both teams. Stanford was able to pick up the win, 51-43. They are now 2-0 within conference play and hold a 12-2 record overall.

The story of the evening was the inconsistency from USC. The Trojans shot just 34.8% from the field in the game. The fact that the 34.8% is their third best FG% performance in December should tell you a little bit about how mightily USC has been struggling as of late.

The Cardinal trailed by eight points early in the game, but were able to bounce back. They headed to halftime up by a score of 31-25 and never looked back. Stanford guard Aaron Bright led all scorers with a career-high 16 points, seven of which came in the last five minutes of play. Josh Owens finished the night with 12 points, also picking up eight rebounds.

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Stanford Vs. UCLA, Final Score: Aaron Bright, Josh Huestis Ensure 60-59 Cardinal Victory

The Stanford Cardinal got out to a 10-2 start in non-conference play this season. The UCLA Bruins have won their last three games in a row and are looking to regain their previous UCLA glory. And in a tightly contested match from the tip, it was the Cardinal that would eventually prevail thanks to a Josh Huestis' block at the end of regulation to keep the Bruins at bay, taking their first game of conference play 60-59 at Maples Pavilion Thursday night.

Sophomore guard Aaron Bright lead the way for the Cardinal (11-2, 1-0), scoring 16 points in 33 minutes, including going 4-8 from downtown. Chasson Randle had a rough night from the floor, shooting only 3-12 for the game, but still finished with 10 points, while Josh Owens added nine and eight boards. John Gage added 10 off the bench.

The Bruins (7-6, 0-1) were in it all night, finishing the first half the same way the did the game; one point behind. Senior guard Lazeric Jones led all scorers with a career high 26 points, including 4-6 from three point land. Jones unfortunately was the one who got stuffed by Huestis at the end of the game, a bit of a sour note to his highlight night.

Stanford insider Kyle Bonagura also tweeted before the game that guard Gabriel Harris will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Stanford Vs. UCLA Preview: Pac-12 Play Begins As Cardinal Host Bruins

The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team have gotten themselves off to a great start to the season, earning themselves a 10-2 record heading into conference play as the UCLA Bruins head to Maples Pavilion Thursday night.

Stanford is looking for some redemption after falling to Butler in their last game, while UCLA is red hot right now, winners of their last five in a row after a 2-5 start. Can josh Owens keep up his terrific play as of late and start the Card’s Pac-12 play with a win?

Date: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 • 8 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Series History: UCLA leads 135-90
Last Meeting: UCLA 69, Stanford 65 (Feb. 17, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Peter Trudelle, Analyst: Jack Wang)
TV: FSN (PBP: Steve Physioc, Analyst: Marques Johnson)

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Stanford Basketball Falls To Butler 71-66

The Stanford Cardinal had a great opportunity to show to the college basketball nation they were ready to be respected by winning a game against a semi-impressive opponent. But the Butler Bulldogs have been through the rounds before, while Stanford is still learning to win as a team.

Butler isn't the same team they were when they went to two national championship games in a row the previous two seasons, as they were only 5-7 before this contest. But they relied on their always reliable three point shooting, knocking 10 of 23 from downtown to give them a decided advantage from the outside. Ronald Nored put up 18 points thanks to three three-pointers and five of nine shooting, Jackson Aldridge added 15 points on five of seven shooting. That three point shooting, added in with tough Butler defense, helped the Bulldogs overcome an early deficit, and they took a solid lead in the second half and held off a late Stanford rally.

Most of the Cardinal players had strong performances, particularly Josh Owens with 17 points and Chasson Randle with 16 points. But Stanford's three point defense fell apart, and it ended up being the difference in this one.

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Stanford Vs. San Diego Recap: Cardinal Dominate Toreros In 75-55 Win

The Stanford Cardinal hosted the San Diego Toreros on Saturday night. The Stanford men's team remained perfect at home, improving to 6-0 in Stanford and 9-1 overall with a dominating 75-55 win.

Stanford passed the ball around and gave the entire team a chance to contribute in Saturday's game. All players but one who saw floor time in the game recorded a rebound and all players but two scored a point. Josh Owens led scorers with 17 points. Chasson Randle picked up 15 points and Anthony Brown scored nine.

Stanford shot 56.6 percent in the second half. The team is off to its strongest start since 2008-09. If the keep continues playing at this level, it will be difficult to justify excluding them from the Top 25 for much longer.

The Cardinal will hit the road next to take on the South Alabama Jaguars. That game will be on Thursday, December 22.

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2012 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Stanford Cardinal, Cal Bears Projected As Middle Seeds

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Stanford vs. NC State, Final Score: Cardinal Rally in Second Half To Top Wolfpack 76-72

The Stanford Cardinal found themselves down big to the North Carolina State Wolfpack Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, but rallied late to steal the victory by the score of 76-72.

Josh Owens scored 19 points while Chasson Randle added 16 to help rally the Card from a a 12-point deficit in the second half, leading the charge on a 17-1 run in the final six minutes of play that push Stanford (8-1) ahead for the first and final time of the game. Owens scored 10 points during the run, Randle dropped four free throws, and the Card remain perfect at home this season.

C.J. Williams had 18 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-3), while C.J. Leslie added 14, though the Wolfpack blew double-digt leads in both halves of the game. North Carolina State extended their winless streak against Pac-12 opponents on the road, who now haven’t beaten one in the last 18 years.

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Stanford vs. Seattle, NCAA Scores: Cardinal Continue Hot Play, Drop Redhawks 72-49

The Stanford Cardinal are currently on a roll, traveling to the great Northwest to take on the Seattle Redhawks, and dominating them by the score of 72-49 Thursday night. 

Stanford got out to a unholy 40-17 halftime lead against the Redhawks and never looked back thanks to an 11-0 run to end the first half. Anthony Brown lead the way for the Cardinal (7-1) with 15 points while Aaron BrightJohn Gage and Andrew Zimmerman each ten 10 points apiece. Josh Huestis added nine points and nine rebounds.

Stanford still managed the relatively easy win despite a scoreless performance by Josh Owens, the Cardinal's leading scorer entering Thursday's game. He went 0 of 7 from the field. The Cardinal as a whole shot well from downtown, dropping 8 of 17 3-pointers with Brown hitting 3 of them himself.

Eric Wallace had solid double-double for the Redhawks, scoring 12 points and 15 grabbing rebounds, while Prince Obasi added 11 points for Seattle (2-3). The Redhawks shot an abismal 19 of 59 (32 percent) from the field.

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Stanford vs. Pacific Final Score: Cardinal Trounce Tigers in 79-37 Victory at Maples Pavilion

After nearly taking out a top five Syracuse squad in their last time out, the Stanford Cardinal were looking to make a statement against the Pacific Tigers at Maples Pavilion Monday night. From the opening tip Stanford was dominant, eventually leading to a 79-37 blowout victory. 

True Freshman Chasson Randle and Senior Josh Owens each dropped 14 points, while Sophomore Aaron Bright added six assists for the 6-1 Cardinal, notching their largest margin of victory against Pacific in their 36 game history. Randle scored 11 of his points in the first half as Stanford took a relatively meager 38-23 lead into the locker room, though they broke away early in the second half and never looked back. Their defense was spot on as well as Pacific didn't attempt a single free throw the entire night.

Travis Fulton led the way for Pacific (2-3) with 13 points , who have now lost three of their last four games.

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Stanford vs. Pacific Preview: Cardinal Host Tigers In First Of Three Games In Seven Days

Fresh off their impressive showing in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season-Tip Off Tournament in which they nearly knocked off No. 5 Syracuse, the Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) return home to host the Pacific Tigers (2-2, 0-0 Big West) at Maples Pavilion, the start of a three game stretch over the course of the week. 

The Cardinal committed 24 turnovers against the Orange at Madison Square Garden, the most since a 69-57 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers back on Nov. 22, 2004, and will be something they will have to improve on against Pacific if they want to get a win. They're also going to need some more production from their big men as Andrew Zimmerman and Josh Owens had a combined eight points against Syracuse. Luckily, Pacific isn't exactly Jim Boeheim's Orangemen. 

The Tigers are led by Junior Lorenzo McCloud, currently scoring 10.8 points as well as a team-high eight assists per game thus far, Junior Markus Duran (10.5 ppg, 91.7 percent free throws) and Sophomore Khalil Kelley (5.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Pacific finished the 2010-11 season with a 16-15 record overall and 8-8 record in the Big West.

Stanford has a dominating 31-3 lead in the all-time series against Pacific, dating all the way back to the 1913-14 season. These two will be squaring off for the first time since Dec. 19, 1998, a 71-58 Cardinal victory in Stockton. The Tigers last appeared at Maples Pavilion in 1997 and are searching for their first win in the series since a 22-21 victory back in 1933 (yes, that's was the real score).    

Date: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 • 7 p.m.

Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 31-3
Last Meeting: Stanford 71, Pacific 58 (Dec. 19, 1998 at Stockton, CA)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
TV: None
Webcast: (PBP: Tim Swartz)    


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2011 Preseason NIT Championship Game Recap: Syracuse Edges Out Stanford Late, 69-63

The Stanford Cardinal nearly pulled off a major upset over the No. 5 Syracuse Orange, but the Cardinal faded during the final few minutes to lose 69-63. The game went back-and-forth for most of the afternoon, and it was looking as if Stanford would get the win when Aaron Bright gave Stanford an eight-point lead on a three-point shot with 6:47 left in the game. That three-pointer capped a 11-4 run over Syracuse and gave Stanford their biggest lead of the game at eight points.

Stanford even led by six points with just under 4:25 left in the game, but from that point on Syracuse pulled it together and started their own run to end the game. Syracuse went on to score 11 straight points in less than two minutes to go up 64-60 to put the game away. Stanford did make one last attempt to get back in the game when Chasson Randle hit a three-pointer to get within one, but that was the last points that Stanford would have on the night.

Stanford did not shoot the ball well as they shot 42 percent from the field and a paltry 8-of-13 from the free throw line, so they had some chances in this game but they ultimately fell by the the score of 69-63. 

Syracuse's Kris Joseph was one of four Orange players in double-figures and he led all players with 18 points. Stanford was led in scoring by Aaron Bright who had 13 points on the afternoon.

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Stanford Vs. Syracuse Score: Game Heading Down To The Wire

The Stanford Cardinal have been hanging around all game against the No. 5 Syracuse Orange and the game looks to be going to come down to the final buzzer. So far in the game neither team has been shooting the ball well as both teams are shooting under 45 percent and the Cardinal have had some chances to pull ahead in this game as they are only 4-for-10 from the free throw line. Turnovers has been an issue with both teams as Stanford has given the ball up 17 times and 14 for Syracuse.

Which ever team can pick up their shooting down the stretch and not turn the ball over should be the team that will be victorious. Aaron Bright is leading the Cardinal as the only player in double figures for Stanford with 10 points and the leading scorer for Syracuse is Scoop Jardine who has 13 points so far in this game.

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Stanford vs. Syracuse Preview: Cardinal Face No. 5 Orange in Finale of NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament

After the Stanford Cardinal used a big second half push on Wednesday to take out Oklahoma State Cowboys in the semifinal of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off tournament, they now must turn their attention to one of the best teams in the land for the final, taking on Jim Boheim's No. 5 Syracuse Orange at Madison Square Garden Friday night. 

Stanford (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) has the ability to win its first fall tournament in four years with a victory on Friday night, though they will undoubtedly face the toughest competition thus far in the season.

No. 5 Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 Big East) currently owns a 28 point margin of victory in their five games so far in 2011, are averaging roughly 10 more points a contest that Stanford at around 86 a game, and are allowing only 57 points a game. Couple that with their deep, deep bench and an almost home game at the Garden, this young Cardinal team will be facing a big test this evening in New York City against the Orange. 

This will be the first time these two teams have met on the hardwood. The last time Stanford faced a top 5 team was back in 2009 during the Final game of the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico, eventually falling to the then No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats 73-65 in overtime. 

Date: Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 • 2 p.m. PT
Site: Madison Square Garden (19,763) • New York, N.Y.
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
Westwood One Radio (PBP: Dave Sims, Analyst: Alaa Abdelnaby)
TV: ESPN (PBP: Mike Breen, Analyst: Fran Fraschilla)

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NIT Season Tip-Off: Syracuse Basketball Will Face Stanford In Title Game

The Syracuse Orange are back in a tournament right in their home state, at Madison Square Garden. So you'd presume the odds are stacked against you if you have to face them in the championship round.

That didn't stop the Virginia Tech Hokies from really trying to get into the spirit of things. Virginia Tech got off to a hot start and proved they could score on Syracuse, particularly from the outside. But the Orange eventually settled things down and cruised to a double-digit victory int he second half.

The young Stanford Cardinal are in for a real chance to prove themselves as a Pac-12 dark horse candidate. But they have their most difficult test on the schedule now, and they might have to go all-out to win this one. Stanford has the athletes, but do they have the discipline to break down Syracuse's maddening matchup zone defense?

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NIT Season Tip-Off: Stanford Rolls Oklahoma State In Madison Square Garden

The Stanford Cardinal might have put up one of the more impressive non-conference showings for the Pac-12 last night when they went into Madison Square Garden in the first NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal and absolutely took it to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys. The talented youth movement that Johnny Dawkins is trying to bring to Palo Alto put the pressure on OSU early, building up a double digit before halftime and cruising through most of the second half.

Josh Owens was unguardable for Stanford, knocking down 10 of 12 shots from the field and putting up 21 points while also accruing five rebounds and  three steals. Aaron Bright also played well; despite his five turnovers he shot six of nine from the field, dished four assists and knocked down three threes. Chasson Randle also had three threes, plus he compiled five rebounds. Stanford outshot Oklahoma State for most of the game and had little to worry about down the stretch.

The Cardinal will face a much stiffer test when they go back to action Friday night in the title game and take on Syracuse in what amounts to a road game in the Garden.

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Stanford vs. Oklahoma State: Cardinal Take on Cowboys at Madison Square Garden in Preseason NIT

The Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will be spending their Thanksgiving week out in New York City, finishing up play in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at the historic Madison Square Garden against the always dangerous Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0, 0-0 Big 12).

The Cardinal took out Fresno State and Colorado State last week at Maples Pavilion during the opening rounds of the Preseason NIT's West Regional to move on to the semifinals against Okie St. on Wednesday night. Syracuse and Virginia Tech will duke it out in the other semifinal matchup.

The Cowboys has won its first three games by an average of 21.3 a game, with blowouts over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Arkansas-Pine Bluff under the belts already. They're first test of the year came against Texas-San Antonio last game, earning 90-85 overtime win after overcoming an 11-point deficit over the final 2:30 of regulation. Oklahoma State holds the upper hand at 2-0 against the Cardinal all-time, though Stanford is 7-2 in games they've played at Madison Square Garden.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 • 4 p.m. PT

Site: Madison Square Garden (19,763) • New York, N.Y.
Series History: Oklahoma State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Oklahoma State 79, Stanford 68 (Dec. 21, 2010)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
Westwood One Radio (PBP: Dave Sims, Analyst: Alaa Abdelnaby)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Mike Breen, Analyst: Jeff Van Gundy, Analyst: Doris Burke, Sideline: Andy Katz)    


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Stanford vs. UC Davis Final Score: Cardinal Rout Aggies With 70-49 Road Victory

The last time the Stanford Cardinal took on UC Davis at the Pavilion was 2005, and the Aggies managed a stunning upset. That wasn’t in the cards this Friday night as the Cardinal rolled the Aggies in their first road game of the season by the score of 70-49.

Stanford (4-0) got out to a comfortable first half lead, then took off on a second half run and never looked back. It was another team effort as well as sophomore Anthony Brown led the way with 14 points and six rebounds, while Dwight Powell dropped 13 points and three boards. Senior Josh Owens added 10, while Jarret Mann had a team high seven boards along with five points. The Card shot over 50% from the field on the night, as well as a respectable 35% from downtown.

Josh Ritchart scored a team high 19 points and five rebounds for UC Davis (1-4), who became the fourth straight team to be held under 60 points this season by Stanford.

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Stanford vs. UC Davis Preview: Cardinal Hit the Road To Take On Aggies

As the Stanford Cardinal prepare for next week's trip to New York for the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off tourney, they first have to deal with their first road test of the year in the form of the UC Davis Aggies.

UC Davis (1-3, 0-0 Big West) beat Division III UC Santa Cruz 84-78 two nights ago to pick up its first win of the year. The Aggies are currently averaging 74.0 points and 30.8 rebounds per game, though they've struggled with defense as teams average 78.2 points per game MAke sure to keep an eye on: Josh Ritchart (15.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 47.8 percent FG), Ryan Sypkens (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, team-high 14 three-pointers) and Ryan Howley (9.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Stanford colds a large 14-1 advantage in the all time series with the Aggies, including a 85-69 win over the Aggies back on Dec. 13, 2009, the last time these two met. UC Davis came away with its only win (64-58) in the series on Dec. 4, 2005, the only other time they've played at Davis. 

Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 • 7 p.m.

Site: The Pavilion (5,000) • Davis, CA

Series History: Stanford leads 14-1

Last Meeting: Stanford 85, UC Davis 69 (Dec. 13, 2009)

Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)

TV: CSN Bay Area (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: Dan Belluomini, Sideline: Matt Steinmetz)    


Stanford vs. CSU Final Score: Rams Struggle in Second Half, Fall To Cardinal 64-52

Both the Stanford Cardinal and Colorado State Rams were coming off of decisive wins in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament, finding themselves squaring off at Maples Pavilion Tuesday night. The Rams were running on all cylinders in the first half, but slowed down considerably in the second, falling to the Card by the score of 64-52 in the second round of the tip-off tourney. 

As a whole the Cardinal didn't shoot spectacularly, finishing 42% from the field, but did well to keep Colorado State silent offensively in the second half. The Rams took a 33-31 point lead into the locker room at halftime, but only managed 19 total points in the second half, finishing with a 34% field goal percentage on the night. 

Senior Josh Owens led the way for Stanford (3-0), dropping 15 points in 31 minutes on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. Aaron Bright and Gabriel Harris added 12 apiece for the Card as well, while 3 of Harris' points came from a 70 foot buzzer beater at the half. Jarret Mann also added 7 points and 9 boards. As for sophomore Dwight Powell, who missed the first two games of the season with an ankle sprain, he played just five minutes off the bench with no points. 

Stanford now advances to next week's semifinal round at the basketball mecca, Madison Square Garden, out in New York City. The Card will take on the winner of Wednesday's game between Oklahoma State and Texas-San Antonio.

Full box score can be found here.

The Card's next game comes on the road this Friday, Nov. 18 against the UC Davis Aggies at 7 p.m. PT, their first road game of the season. 

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Stanford vs. Fresno State Final Score: Aaron Bright Leads The Charge, Cardinal Drop Bulldogs 75-59

The Stanford Cardinal made a strong statement to start out the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament at Maples Pavillon Monday night as the Card had five players score in double figures, pulling away leading the way to an eventual 75-59 victory in the first round of the 16-team invitational. 

Fresno was keeping up with the Card in the first half, but couldn't keep up with Stanford's fire power in the second, never getting closer to five in the final 20 minutes. Second year guard Aaron Bright lead all scorers after dropping a career-high 21 points on the Bulldogs, finishing 5 for 7 from the field, including a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown and 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. Forward Josh Huestis had himself a great night as well, recording his first double-double with a career-high 10 points along with 11 boards, while Josh Owens, Chasson Randle and Jack Trotter all had double-digit point totals as well for the Cardinal (2-0).

As a whole the Card shot very well, finishing 56% from the field, and improved a lot of their free throw shooting as well, almost doubling their efficiency from their last time out with a 66% mark from the line. It also was helpful to shoot a lot of them, which they did as Fresno State committed 30 fouls, leading to 38 free throws. 

Kevin Olekaibe led the way for the Bulldogs (1-1) with 19, though got out of the gate slowly, shooting only 2-7 in the first half. Jonathan Wills added 11, while Kevin Foster added 8.

The Card will now face the winner of the Colorado v. SMU game in the second round of the NIT season-tip off tourney, set to take place on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion at 8 p.m. PT. 

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Stanford vs. Fresno Preview: Cardinal Hosts Bulldogs in Opener of NIT Season Tip-Off Tourney

The Stanford Cardinal come into the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament with a lopsided win in their pocket, and a West Coast foe on the docket in the form of the Fresno State Bulldogs. 

Mark Rutledge and LaQuentin Miles led the way for the Cardinal this past Friday night, scoring 16 and 14 respectfully, though every player available played some minutes on the floor and all but two of them scored at least two points. Hopefully they can carry this balanced attack into Monday night's meeting with the Bulldogs, who are coming off of a 55-47 victory over Illinois State this past weekend. 

One thing to watch for is Stanford's free throw shooting. They made only 43% of their attempts from the charity stripe on Friday, which isn't going to cut it at any level of play.  Fresno State's defense is much more disciplined than Central Arkansas, holding Illinois State to only 30% shooting in their last game, and I definitely expect them to give up much less than the 91 points the Card put up on Friday. Should be a good one at Maples. 

Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011- - 8 p.m.

Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) - - Stanford, CA

Last Meeting: Stanford 55, Fresno State 48 (Dec. 29, 2007)

Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (Play-By-Play: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)

TV: ESPNU (Play-By-Play: Mark Neely, Analyst: Miles Simon)    


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Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off 2011: Stanford Joins Syracuse, Virginia Tech in 16-Team Tournament

After the Stanford Cardinal made easy work of Central Arkansas on the hardwood Friday night, they now turn their attention to the 27th annual Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off tournament, joining a group of talented teams in a number of venues across the Nation. 

The Cardinal will join the likes of college basketball powerhouses Syracuse and Virginia Tech in this 16 team tourney taking place from Nov. 14-25, at five locations across the country. 

The teams have been split into four, four-team regionals. Each regional will play the first two rounds (Nov. 14-16) at the home arena of that regional's No. 1 seed; the East bracket will play in Blacksburg, VA at Cassell Coliseum, the home of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the North will play at the Orangemen's home at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, the Midwest region will play at Oklahoma State's house at Gallgher-Iba Arena, while the West will play at Stanford's very own Maples Pavilion. The semi-final (Nov. 23) and final round (Nov. 25) will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The tournament will also host an array of teams from a multitude of conferences including Fresno State (WAC), Colorado State (Mountain West), Florida International (Sun Belt), Albany (America East), George Mason (Colonial), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC), Manhattan (MAAC), Monmouth (Northeast), Oral Roberts (Summit), Brown (Ivy), SMU (Conference USA) and Texas-San Antonio (Southland).

Stanford enters the tournament as the No. 3 overall seed, and will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs in the opener Monday, Nov. 14 at Maples Pavillon at 8:00 p.m. PT.  

ESPN will provide complete coverage throughout the event, televising games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, with games on ESPN and ESPN2 also available via

For a bracket of the NIT season-tip off, click here


Stanford Vs. Central Arkansas Recap: Team Effort Leads To Easy Win

The Stanford Cardinal got off to a solid start to 2011-12 as they dominated the Central Arkansas Bears 91-52. The Cardinal received a total team effort with five different players scoring in double digits and six different players dishing out assists. Four different players led the team with six rebounds. Aaron Bright led the way with 16 points and true freshman Chasson Randle added 15 points, six ebounds and four assists. The young freshman had a strong showing during their offseason international trip and looks to carry it over into his first season.

The Cardinal take a step up in competition Monday as they face Fresno State. They'll look to contain Kevin Olekaibe, who scored 18 points in Fresno State's opener against Illinois State. The Bulldogs won their opener 55-47. The game will be featured on ESPNU at 8:00pm pacific as ESPN rings in the 2011-12 college basketball season with a marathon of games to start the week. 


Stanford vs. Central Arkansas: Time, TV Schedule, Radio and More

The 97th season of Stanford men's basketball is finally upon us as the Cardinal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hosts the Central Arkansas Bears (0-0, 0-0 Southland) in their 2011-12 season debuts. Stanford enters the season looking to make some noise in the completely redesigned Pac-12 conference amongst a number of top 25 opponents like the No. 24 Cal Golden Bears, No. 17 UCLA Bruins, and No. 16 Arizona Wildcats, while the Bears are looking to get off to a good start after an abismal 2010-11 campaign. 

This is the first meeting between these schools on the hardwood, though the Cardinal have fared well in their season openers as of late, winners of 21 of its last 23 to start the season. It also marks the second straight season that the Cardinal start the year at home, earning a 64-48 victory over the University of San Diego at Maples Pavilion last year. 

As for Central Arkansas, they will look to improve on their 5-24 season in 2010-11 as they currently sit fifth in most preseason polls for the Southland Conference. They'll have an uphill battle all season starting with the Cardinal, though Stanford shouldn't struggle to mightily against the Bears this Friday. 

Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2011,  7 p.m. PT

Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA

Series History: First Meeting Ever

Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (Play-by-Play: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)

TV: Not Televised

Webcast: (Play-by-Play: Kevin Danna)

For more on Cardinal Basketball, head over to Rule of Tree to get your fix. 


Stanford Basketball 2011-2012: Cardinal Open Campaign Against Central Arkansas

We break down the Stanford Cardinal's return to the basketball court for the 2011-2012 season, including a breakdown of some of their non-conference games and key additions to the roster. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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