The first weekend of 2014 holds plenty of action for Stanford squads, headlined by the start of the men's and women's basketball Pac-12 slates at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal men tip off their conference schedule Thursday night, hosting cross-bay rivals the California Golden Bears at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. The women, 13-time defending Pac-12 champions, begin defense of their crown against Oregon Friday night at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. against Oregon State. Both contests will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.
Two programs open up their 2014 seasons as well. Fifth-ranked men's volleyball travels to Santa Barbara for the 50th edition of the ASICS UCSB Tournament this weekend, with pool play commencing Friday and action concluding with Saturday's placement matches.
Ninth-ranked women's gymnastics opens its campaign in the state capital, heading east on I-80 for the Nor Cal Quad against Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State.
No. 3 women's swimming and diving faces a strong challenge Saturday as it visits eighth-ranked Texas. Sailing takes part in the Rose Bowl Regatta in Long Beach and squash hosts Hamilton and Drexel beginning Monday.
GoStanford.com has all the information for fans to follow to keep tabs on their favorite Cardinal teams. Live stats will be available for all Stanford home matches, and can be accessed through the competing team's schedule page. The live stats link will go live once the match has gotten underway.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (9-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
No. 4/4 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (11-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
NO. 5 MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (0-0)
ASICS UCSB Tournament - Jan. 3-4 - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Friday, Jan. 3 (Thunderdome)
vs. Harvard (Court 2) - 10 a.m.
vs. Pacific (Court 1)
vs. UC Santa Barbara (Court 1)
vs. Cal Baptist (Court 2)
Saturday, Jan. 4 (Rob Gym)
vs. TBD - Time TBD (placement game based on Friday's results)
NO. 3 WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
vs. No. 8 Texas - Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. PT
Where - Austin, Texas
LIVE RESULTS - A live results link will be posted on www.texassports.com prior to the start of the meet.
NO. 9 WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Nor Cal Quad
vs. Sacramento State, UC Davis, San Jose State - Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m.
Where - Sacramento, Calif.
Rose Bowl Regatta - Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 4-5
Where - Long Beach, Calif.
vs. Hamilton, Drexel - Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 6-8 - Time TBD
Where - Stanford, Calif.