STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford’s Dec. 18 game at Connecticut will be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PT, representing the latest non-conference scheduling update for the upcoming season.
The game marks the start of a grueling road swing, which wraps up three days later when Stanford faces 2013 NCAA Tournament runner-up Michigan in the second annual Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational presented by adidas at the Barclays Center. It’s also the first contest of a home-and-home series that brings Connecticut to Maples Pavilion in 2014.
Shifting to the newly-formed American Athletic Conference, Connecticut finished last year 20-10 overall and tied for sixth place in the BIG EAST at 10-8. Stanford is looking for its first win in five attempts against Connecticut, with the Huskies collecting an 85-74 victory back on March 22, 2003 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the previous meeting.
Meanwhile, Stanford’s Feb. 22 contest against UCLA has been identified as one of two options on ESPN’s College GameDay schedule. Also in consideration on that Saturday is Arizona at Colorado, with the decision to be finalized two weeks prior to the game. If selected for College GameDay, Stanford will host UCLA at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. If not selected , the Cardinal and Bruins will square off at 3 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Stanford’s Nov. 11 home game against BYU would tip at 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and kick off ESPN’s 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon. The Cougars are coming of a 24-12 campaign in which they reached the semifinals of the Postseason NIT, falling to eventual champion Baylor at Madison Square Garden. A postseason fixture with 38 total appearances (27 NCAA, 11 NIT), BYU placed third in the WCC last year at 10-6. BYU will be playing its first game at Maples Pavilion since Jan. 4, 1969, one night after the Cougars defeated the Cardinal 95-89 in the first game ever played at the facility.
A third ESPN2 appearance is scheduled for Nov. 25, when Stanford faces Houston at 6:30 p.m. PT in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. Houston finished 20-13 last year, posting its first 20-win season since the 2008-09 campaign and reaching the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Cougars have been to 19 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours. Stanford is 1-2 all-time against Houston, with its only victory coming in the form of a 93-86 decision to ignite the 1991 NIT championship run.
The winner faces either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech in the championship.
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