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It's Stanford, No. 5/5 Syracuse In Preseason NIT Championship
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/24/2011

Nov. 24, 2011

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Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
No. 5/5 Syracuse Orangemen (5-0, 0-0 Big East)

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)

The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) has an opportunity to capture its first fall tournament crown in four years with a victory on Friday evening in the championship game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal swept all three of its home games in the 2007 Basketball Travelers Classic, defeating Harvard, Northwestern State and UC Santa Barbara. However, Friday's challenge is arguably the toughest on this year's schedule: a matchup against No. 5 Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 Big East) to be played in New York City.

Media Memo
Friday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website,, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). The contest will also be televised nationally on ESPN, with Mike Breen (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) on the call. Westwood One Radio has the national feed, with Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Alaa Abdelnaby (analyst).

Scouting No. 5/5 Syracuse
Syracuse (5-0, 0-0 Big East) is outscoring its opponents by a margin of +28.2. In addition to averaging 85.8 points per game, the Orangemen are allowing only 57.6 ... 19 different players have appeared in a game so far. The actual rotation is essentially 10 players deep, with those players all averaging at least 12.0 minutes of court time ... Ranked No. 5 in both national polls for the third straight week, Syracuse joined Connecticut as co-favorites to win the Big East in this year's Preseason Coaches' poll ... Syracuse is coming off a 69-58 win over Virginia Tech in Wednesday's NIT semifinals. The Orangemen knocked off Manhattan and Albany in the opening rounds ... Syracuse has scored 214 points in the first half and 215 in the second period ... The Orangemen will not play a true road game until Dec. 17, with a contest at NC State ... Keep an eye on: Kris Joseph (14.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 16-21 free throws), Dion Waiters (13.2 ppg, 18 assists, 10 steals) and James Southerland (11.0 ppg, 64.7 percent FG).

Stanford All-Time vs. Syracuse
Stanford and Syracuse will be hooking up for the first time on the hardwood.

Rankings Tidbits For Friday
NOTE: Opponents rankings are always listed Associated Press poll first, ESPN/USA Today second.

  • Last time faced a top-5 team: Nov. 25, 2009 at Cancun, Mexico - Cancun Challenge Final
    (No. 5/5 Kentucky 73, Stanford 65 - OT)
  • Most recent win over a top-5 team: Jan. 28, 2007 at Stanford, CA
    (Stanford 75, No. 3/2 UCLA 68)
  • Most recent win over a top-10 team: Feb. 2, 2008 at Pullman, WA
    (No. 14/14 Stanford 67, No. 9/9 Washington State 65 - OT)

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