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Another Strong Schedule
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/24/2014

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford’s Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball Johnny Dawkins has announced the 2014-15 schedule, which features 16 regular-season home games, 11 NCAA Tournament opponents from last season and the program’s third appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. since last November.

Highlighting the challenging non-conference slate is a matchup against defending NCAA champion Connecticut, which is scheduled to visit Maples Pavilion on Jan. 17. Stanford’s 53-51 upset of then-No. 10/10 Connecticut last December in Hartford represented a signature victory for the Cardinal, which was the only non-conference opponent to defeat the Huskies on their way to winning the national title. Connecticut had won 54 straight home games against non-conference foes dating back to 2007.

Stanford finished 5-2 against top-25 competition last year while 19 of its 36 games came against NCAA Tournament competition. This year’s schedule is once again extremely competitive, as road games against BYU and Texas, along with a potential tournament matchup against Duke, should provide the Cardinal with an opportunity to quickly establish a high RPI before Pac-12 competition gets underway in January.

Tip times for all games will be announced in early September. While the sequence of the Pac-12 schedule has been released, it should be noted that exact dates, times and order of opponents are tentative and likely to change due to television agreements.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the schedule, with last year’s records in parentheses.

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Nov. 14 (Fri.) vs. Wofford
Nov. 16 (Sun.) vs. South Dakota
Both games are part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, a preseason tournament that will send campus hosts Stanford, UNLV, Duke and Temple to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the following weekend. The Nov. 14 contest against Wofford represents the lone doubleheader on the schedule, with the women’s team opening up against Boston College. Wofford (20-13, 11-5 Southern) lost to Michigan last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and returns leading scorer Karl Cochran (15.7 ppg). South Dakota (12-18, 6-8 Summit) became an NCAA Division I member prior to the 2008-09 season. Stanford will be facing both opponents for the first time on the hardwood.

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Nov. 21 (Fri.) vs. UNLV
Nov. 22 (Sat.) vs. Duke or Temple
Only the Brooklyn Nets might be more familiar with the Barclays Center than Stanford, which last year visited the arena for the Progressive Legends Classic in November and the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational one month later. Now the Cardinal is back for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, drawing UNLV (20-13, 10-8 MWC) in the opener. The Runnin’ Rebels have won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons and its 2014 recruiting class is ranked only behind Duke, Kentucky and Arizona. Stanford’s opponent the following day would be either Temple (9-22, 4-14 American Athletic) or Duke (26-9, 13-5 ACC). The Cardinal last faced Temple, which had made six straight NCAA Tournaments prior to last year, in 1999. Stanford has won both previous meetings against Duke, most recently back in 2000 at the Pete Newell Challenge when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1. All four games of the tournament will be televised on TruTV.

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Nov. 25 (Tue.) vs. Delaware
Nov. 30 (Sun.) at DePaul
Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion for a pre-Thanksgiving contest against Delaware (25-10, 14-2 Colonial), which qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year before losing to Michigan State. It’s the first meeting between Stanford and Delaware. Five days later, the Cardinal plays its first true road game of the year in a visit to DePaul (12-21, 3-15 Big East). Led by head coach Oliver Purnell, DePaul is opening the season with five straight home games and seeking its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. Stanford’s six games in November are its fewest since also playing six in the season’s first month back in 2010.

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Dec. 13 (Sat.) vs. Denver
Dec. 17 (Wed.) vs. Loyola Marymount
Following its extended finals break, Stanford hosts Denver (16-15, 8-6 Summit) and Loyola Marymount (13-19, 4-14 WCC). The Cardinal will be squaring off against the Pioneers for a third straight season, winning 66-57 in Denver last year and 71-58 at Maples Pavilion in 2012. There hasn’t been as much recent history against Loyola Marymount – it’s the first meeting in nearly 30 years as the Cardinal owns a 5-0 edge in the series, including a 67-59 victory back on Dec. 21, 1984. Led by first-year head coach Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount has made five NCAA Tournaments but none since 1990.

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Dec. 20 (Sat.) at BYU
Dec. 23 (Tue.) at Texas
Assembling a tough non-conference schedule was a key factor in Stanford earning an at-large NCAA Tournament berth last year and the 2014-15 campaign is no different. BYU (23-12, 13-5 WCC) should be a force, as the Cougars return leading scorer Tyler Haws (23.2 ppg) and a supporting cast of Kyle Collinsworth, Matt Carlino and Eric Mika. BYU, which outlasted Stanford 112-103 in last year’s game at Maples Pavilion, has made 28 NCAA Tournaments and seven of the last eight overall. Coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, Texas (24-11, 11-7 Big 12) returns its top four scorers along with highly-touted rookie Myles Turner. Stanford and Texas have not met since 2008, when the Longhorns ended the Cardinal’s season in the NCAA Sweet 16. It will be Stanford’s first-ever visit to Austin.

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Dec. 29 (Mon.) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Stanford’s final tune-up before Pac-12 play is a matchup against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13-18, 11-7 SWAC), which returns its top three scorers in Marcel Mosley (13.6 ppg), Tevin Hammond (13.1 ppg) and DaVon Haynes (12.8 ppg) competing in their senior seasons. The Golden Lions have made only one prior NCAA Tournament appearance, overcoming a 0-11 start to finish 18-16 overall and capture their conference tournament title in 2010. The only previous meeting resulted in a 92-49 Stanford rout four years ago at Maples.

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Jan. 2-4 (Fri.-Sun.) vs. Washington/Washington State
Stanford has dropped seven of its last 10 conference lid-lifters and will look to get back on track against Washington (17-15, 9-9 Pac-12) and Washington State (10-21, 3-15 Pac-12). Stanford’s most recent victory in a conference opener was a 60-59 win over UCLA at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29, 2011. Since the 1978-79 campaign, Stanford is 18-18 in conference openers (13-7 home, 5-11 away).

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Jan. 7-11 (Wed.-Sun.) at UCLA/USC
The Southern California road swing comes up early in Pac-12 play this year. Stanford split last year’s trip, falling to UCLA (28-9, 12-6 Pac-12) and rebounding with a win over USC (11-21, 2-16 Pac-12). The Cardinal has not swept the SoCal trip since 2005, defeating UCLA 75-64 before taking down USC 78-70.

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Jan. 14-15 (Wed.-Thu.) at California
Stanford has won four of the last six meetings against California (21-14, 10-8 Pac-12) and two in a row at Haas Pavilion, including last year’s 80-69 victory sparked by Dwight Powell’s double-double. It’s the first time Stanford is visiting Berkeley in January since 2012. Despite the fact Stanford is playing its travel partner, it shapes up to be busy week for the Cardinal.

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Jan. 17 (Sat.) vs. Connecticut
One of the most high-profile non-conference home games in recent memory takes place five games into the Pac-12 season. Connecticut (32-8, 12-6 American Athletic) is riding high after capturing last year’s national championship, its second NCAA title over the last four seasons. It’s the back end of a home-and-home series and the Huskies will be looking for revenge after Stanford’s 53-51 upset in Hartford last December. Trailing 43-30 four minutes into the second half, Stanford limited Connecticut to just 5-31 (16.1 percent) shooting over the final 20 minutes. Chasson Randle scored a game-high 22 points while Dwight Powell posted a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.

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Jan. 21-25 (Wed.-Sun.) vs. Arizona/Arizona State
In front of an electric sellout crowd, Stanford gave No. 1/1 Arizona (33-5, 15-3 Pac-12) all it could handle last year in its visit to Maples, but the Wildcats escaped with a 60-57 victory. Arizona figures to be equally stacked again this year and this will be a hot ticket once again. Stanford won two of its three tilts against Arizona State (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) last year, most notably a 79-58 triumph in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament that helped secure the Cardinal’s NCAA Tournament hopes.

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Jan. 28-31 (Wed.-Sat.) at Washington/Washington State
Stanford closes out January with a trip to the Pacific Northwest, meaning the Cardinal will be completely done with the Washington schools (both home and away series) after the first month of the conference season. That’s never happened during Pac-8, Pac-10 or Pac-12 play.

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Feb. 4-8 (Wed.-Sun.) vs. UCLA/USC
Back at Maples Pavilion to open February, Stanford hosts the Southern California schools. The Cardinal swept this homestand last year, beginning with an 80-59 rout of USC in which Josh Huestis established the school’s career blocks record. Two days later, Stanford knocked off UCLA 83-74 in one of its most complete performances of the year. Against the Bruins, Stanford shot 62.2 percent, knocked down 11 three-pointers and received 26 points from Chasson Randle.

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Feb. 11-15 (Wed.-Sun.) at Colorado/Utah
Stanford travels to Colorado (23-12, 10-8 Pac-12) and Utah (21-12, 9-9 Pac-12) for its only road games during the month of February. There won’t be a return trip to Maples Pavilion this year for the Buffaloes and Utes, as the Cardinal missed last year’s mountain road swing. Facing both opponents on the road should only increase the RPI, as Colorado and Utah are projected by many to finish in the top half of the league.

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Feb. 18-22 (Wed.-Sun.) vs. California
The rematch for the Bay Area rivals is set for mid-February. The Golden Bears edged the Cardinal 69-62 last year at Maples Pavilion in the Pac-12 opener, representing California’s first road win in the series since 2010. First-year head coach Cuonzo Martin will be making his first appearance on The Farm.

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Feb. 25-28 (Wed.-Sat.) vs. Oregon/Oregon State
If you want to check out the Oregon schools, your only chance is the final week of February. Oregon (24-10, 10-8 Pac-12) and Oregon State (16-16, 8-10 Pac-12) missed the Bay Area trip last year so Stanford will not be traveling to Eugene and Corvallis this time around. Stanford swept its homestand against the Oregon schools two years ago, highlighted by a 76-52 rout of the Ducks, who were ranked No. 10/12 at the time.

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March 4-7 (Wed.-Sat.) at Arizona/Arizona State
Stanford’s regular season concludes with a March visit to the desert. It’s the first time the Cardinal will be entering the conference tournament coming off a two-game road swing since 2009, which also occurred after an Arizona trip. Seeding for the Pac-12 Tournament usually comes down to the final weekend, making these matchups even more exciting.

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March 11-14 (Wed.-Sat.) Pac-12 Tournament
Las Vegas is once again the destination for the Pac-12 Tournament, which gets underway March 11 with first-round contests. This will be the third go-around at the MGM Grand since the conference’s final event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2012. Stanford advanced to the semifinals of last year’s conference tournament for the first time since 2010, defeating Washington State and Arizona State before three games in three days caught up with the Cardinal.


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