Stanford Cardinal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Bucknell Bison (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Stanford, CA • Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Shawn Tuteja, Analysts: Kyle Palmer, Vihan Lakshman)
TV: P12NET (PBP: JB Long, Analyst: Jarron Collins)
The Opening Tip
The 99th season of Stanford basketball gets underway on Friday, Nov. 8, when the Cardinal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hosts Bucknell (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League). It’s the first of a three-game homestand, with BYU (Nov. 11) and Northwestern (Nov. 14) also visiting The Farm. Meanwhile, Stanford returns all but two players from last year’s team and every member of its starting lineup over the final 17 games aside from Andy Brown (torn ACL).
Friday’s game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful tandem of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). The game will also be televised on Pac-12 Network, as JB Long (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (analyst) call the action.
Quick Look Back At 2012-13
Stanford (19-15, 9-9 Pac-12) advanced to the postseason for the second straight year in 2013, reaching the second round of the NIT after winning the event two years ago. Stanford finished non-conference play at 10-5, including wins over Northern Iowa and Northwestern. In Pac-12 action, Stanford swept the season series against California for the first time since 2008 and upset No. 10/12 Oregon 76-52 at Maples Pavilion.
Sophomore Christian Sanders is out for the season with a hip injury and underwent surgery earlier in the week. Sophomore Rosco Allen is unavailable for the next 4-6 weeks due to a stress fracture.
Bucknell is coming off a record-setting 28-6 campaign that included an NCAA Tournament appearance behind program scoring leader Mike Muscala, who averaged 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds in his final season … The Bison captured the Patriot League regular season title at 12-2 and proceeded to beat Lafayette for the conference tournament crown … Bucknell was picked fourth in the Patriot League preseason poll while Cameron Ayers has been named to the Preseason All-Patriot Team. Ayers is the team’s leading returning scorer, pouring in 12.4 points per game last year on 46.7 percent shooting overall … It’s the first meeting between Stanford and Bucknell, which is facing a Pac-12 opponent for the first time since upsetting Arizona in the first round of the 2012 Postseason NIT.
Stanford In Season Openers
In its 98-year history, the Cardinal sports a 80-18 record in season openers. Stanford has won 23 of its last 25 lid-lifters, with the only exceptions coming three years ago at San Diego and in 2005 against UC Irvine. Stanford is opening at home for the third time in four years. The Cardinal is 4-1 in openers under head coach Johnny Dawkins.
Cardinal Picked Sixth In Pac-12
Stanford has been picked to finish sixth in the 2013-14 Pac-12 men’s basketball preseason media poll. The Cardinal was projected to finish fourth last year but tied for sixth at 9-9.
Randle’s 37 Sparks Exhibition Win
Fueled by Chasson Randle’s 37 points, Stanford coasted past Seattle Pacific 89-61 last Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game at Maples Pavilion. Stanford shot a blistering 63.5 percent overall, with Randle anchoring the offense. The junior guard was 13-16 from the field, 5-7 from beyond the arc and 6-7 from the foul line. He also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes. Fellow starters Anthony Brown (14 points, 4-6 FG, 5-6 FT) and Stefan Nastic (12 points, 6-8 FG, 3 blocks) also provided a boost for the Cardinal, which broke open a one-possession game at the 15:53 mark of the second half. Stanford, which owned a 35-22 rebounding edge, finished 7-12 from three-point territory and 16-25 from the foul line. Seattle Pacific, picked No. 1 in the Sporting News preseason DII national poll and No. 2 in the coaches poll, finished 27-4 last season.
Cardinal Debuts Google Glass Technology
Prior to its annual Cardinal-White scrimmage on Oct. 24, Stanford became the first team to debut the revolutionary Google Glass product in real-time action during warm-ups. In conjunction with the CrowdOptic platform technology, season ticket holders attending the event were able to view the action through the athletes’ perspective simply by pointing their mobile device in the direction of the court. In addition, they were also able to join a Google+ hangout or view through their own Google Glass.
Non-Conference Schedule Is Stacked
This year’s loaded schedule- one of the best in recent memory- features 17 home games at Maples Pavilion, nine contests against NCAA Tournament teams from last season and a pair of trips to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The challenging non-conference slate includes a neutral-site matchup against 2013 NCAA runner-up Michigan and the start of a home-and-home series against Connecticut. Home games against BYU and Bucknell, along with a potential tournament matchup against Pittsburgh in the Progressive Legends Classic, will provide the Cardinal with an opportunity to quickly establish a high RPI before Pac-12 competition gets underway during the first week of January.