Oct. 1, 2001
Stanford, Ca - The Stanford basketball team will embark on another tough and challenging schedule during the 2001-02 season.
In a schedule that was finalized today, the Cardinal will face such notables as Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, Brigham Young and New Mexico during the non-league schedule in addition to the likes of Arizona, UCLA, USC and California in the highly-competitive Pacific-10 Conference.
Stanford opens the 2001-02 season on the road at the University of New Mexico (Nov. 17). The game will be played at The Pit, an 18,000 facility regarded as one of the toughest places for a visiting team to play. The Lobos return three starters from a team that won 21 games last year.
Other top non-league games include a meeting with Big-10 power Purdue at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis (Nov. 24). A week later (Dec. 1), Stanford will face Texas at the Classic 4 Kids at the United Center in Chicago. The Longhorns return several key starters from a team that won 25 games last year.
Stanford's travels will also lead to the Las Vegas Showdown (Dec. 22) where they will face Brigham Young, a team that collected 24 wins last year.
Last year, Stanford scored one of its biggest wins in school history with a dramatic 84-83 victory over NCAA champion Duke at the Pete Newell Challenge. This year, the Cardinal will return to the Newell Challenge in Oakland (Dec. 29) to face Big-10 power Michigan State. The Spartans have won four straight league titles, and have advanced to the NCAA Final Four the last three seasons, including winning the national title during the 1999-00 season.
The Cardinal opens the home season at Maples Pavilion against Southern Utah (Nov. 20), a team that won 25 games last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Other home non-league games include Big West contender Long Beach State (Dec. 15) and a possible meeting against neighbor rival Santa Clara at the Stanford Invitational (Dec. 18-19).
Pac-10 play opens Jan. 4 against California at Maples Pavilion.
For the first time since the 1989-90 season, the Pacific-10 Tournament will be held. The three-day tournament (Mar. 7-9) will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Stanford returns eight lettermen from a team that chalked up a 31-3 record last year, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. All-American Casey Jacobsen will lead the team this year. The two-time All Pac-10 player and first team All-American, averaged more than 18 points.
Stanford Basketball continues to be a popular sport on television. Twenty-three of Stanford's 27 games will be televised nationally or locally. Twelve games will be on national television (Fox Sports Net, ABC, CBS, ESPN) and another eleven games will be televised locally on KRON, Channel 4.