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The Farm Report: Madison Square Garden Memories
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/16/2011

This week's live Stanford TV, radio and webcast schedule listed below

Nov. 16, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - Following its victory Tuesday night, the Stanford men's basketball team returns to New York City, a place where program history was made.

With its 64-52 victory over Colorado State at Maples Pavilion, Stanford advanced to the Preseason NIT semifinals against Oklahoma State or Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 23. This will be Stanford's sixth foray into the Big Apple and specifically Madison Square Garden. This will be Stanford's third Preseason NIT (1998 and 2002) appearance there. Stanford also played in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (1999) and won the postseason National Invitation Tournament in 1991. Altogether, Stanford is 7-2 at the Garden, including one of its predecessors.

On Dec. 30, 1936, at the third of four versions of The Garden, Stanford and Hank Luisetti beat Long Island, 45-31, in perhaps Stanford's most famous game. Luisetti and his innovative one-handed shot - and 15 points - helped the Indians end Long Island's 44-game winning streak and enlightened the establishment in a new brand of basketball.

"Hank Luisetti ... is perhaps the best college player ever to set foot on the Garden court," the New York Daily Mirror reported. "His sharpshooting on a strange floor was astounding, but it was his general floor play that electrified the crowd. The fans gave him and each of the Stanford regulars an ovation as they left the floor."

Here are Stanford's all-time scores from New York City and Madison Square Garden:

1936-37: Dec. 30: Stanford 45, Long Island 31
1990-91: NIT (postseason)
March 25: Stanford 73, Massachusetts 71
March 27: Stanford 78, Oklahoma 72
1998-99: Preseason NIT
Nov. 25: Stanford 55, St. John's 53
Nov. 27: North Carolina 57, Stanford 49
1999-2000: Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Nov. 11: Stanford 80, Duke 79 (OT)
Nov. 12: Stanford 72, Iowa 58
2002-03: Preseason NIT
Nov. 27: Stanford 69, Florida 65
Nov. 29: North Carolina 74, Stanford 57
Total Garden record: 7-2

2011-12 Ranking: unranked. Record: 3-0 overall.

Women's Basketball
Old Dominion is off to an 0-2 start, but its game on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion marks the resumption of a series between two of women's basketball traditional powers. The teams have split their six all-time meetings. Stanford has captured the past two, most recently an 89-56 victory in the 2008-09 season opener in Norfolk. Their most famous game was at the 1997 Final Four in Cincinnati, where the Cardinal fell to the Lady Monarchs, 83-82, in overtime. Ranking: No. 5 (AP, ESPN/USA Today). Record: 2-0 overall.

Men's Cross Country
Chris Derrick will attempt to become the first from Stanford to win an individual title in cross country. Derrick who has placed seventh, third, and fifth, in his three seasons on The Farm is among the favorites. Lawi Lelang of Arizona, a freshman who is undefeated, is the favorite entering the meet. Ranking: No. 5 (USTFCCCA).

Women's Cross Country
Stanford earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships after finishing third at the West Regional meet at Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal has not finished higher than eighth at the NCAA Championships since 2007, when it won the last of three consecutive NCAA titles. Stephanie Marcy will be competing in her final race for Stanford. The fifth-year senior does not have any eligibility remaining for track and field. Ranking: No. 13 (USTFCCCA).

Field Hockey
Stanford's 5-0 loss to Duke in the first round meant that the Cardinal fell to 0-11 all-time in NCAA tournament play. However, Stanford beat six top-20 teams during the season and its 17 victories equaled a school season record, and the Cardinal reached a school-record tying No. 6 in the national rankings, making 2011 one of the most memorable in program history. Ranking: No. 10 (NFHCA). Final Records: 17-3 overall, 6-3 NorPac.

Football
Saturday's Big Game is slated for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff, which will be latest start time in Big Game history. Stanford and Cal have split its last four meetings, with the Cardinal winning in 2007 (20-13) and 2010 (48-14) sandwiched in between Bear triumphs in 2008 (37-16) and 2009 (34-28).

Andrew Luck enters Saturday's Big Game needing three touchdown passes to tie his own single-season record of 32 set last season. Luck is also three TD passes shy of tying John Elway's career record of 77.

Numerous Stanford players are candidates for some of college football's most prestigious year-end awards. Luck is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He is also expected to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award. Left tackle Jonathan Martin is finalist for the Lombardi Award, honoring the top lineman in college football, while Coby Fleener is a strong candidate for the Mackey Award, which is presented to the nation's top tight end. Griff Whalen is under consideration for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the top player in college football who began his career as a walk-on. Jordan Williamson was also a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the top kicker in the nation. Rankings: No. 8 (AP), No. 9 (USA Today), No. 9 (BCS). Records: 9-1 overall, 7-1 Pac-12.

Sailing
Stanford cruised to the Pacific Coast Conference's fall championship outpacing host UC Santa Barbara by 21 points by finishing in the top three in 21 of 24 races. Stanford got victories by Kevin Laube and Kelly Ortel in six of eight races to help the team tally 59 points to UCSB's 80. The A Division team skippered by Mateo Vargas had 19 points, finishing sixth or better. Kieran Chung-Wolf had 30 points, rebounding from 16th place finish to start.

Three of the sailors for the winning Big Sail team on Tuesday will be at the national match-race championships this weekend, back at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Nick Dugdale, Laube and McKenzie Wilson all will compete over the three days. Coed ranking: No. 10 (Sailing World); Men's Ranking: No. 8 (Sailing World).

Men's Soccer
Tuesday marked the resignation of head coach Bret Simon. Simon finished his Stanford career with a record of 94-89-30. He was just one victory shy of Bobby Clark for second on the all-time wins list at Stanford. Fred Priddle holds the Stanford record with 133 wins during his 22-year tenure from 1954-1975. Ranking: unranked. Final records: 6-10-2 overall, 3-6-1 Pac-12.

Women's Soccer
The Stanford defense is having a superb season. The Cardinal heads into the second round of the NCAA tournament - at home vs. South Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m. - with a three-match shutout streak and has allowed only two goals in the run of play over its past 15 matches. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver leads the nation with a goals-against average of 0.24. Stanford has 14 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.38, the second-best in the country. Oliver has allowed only four goals in 1,488 minutes and has eight shutouts. If the season was over, Oliver would rank second in GAA on Stanford's all-time single-season list. Rankings: No. 1 (NSCAA, Soccer America). Record: 20-0-1 overall.

Men's Swimming
Stanford won its combined events against Cal last week in the annual Tri-Distance showdown. Chad La Tourette won for the third straight year in the long distance events, joining butterflier Bobby Bollier and individual medley freshman David Nolan. Both teams will be at the Arena Invite this weekend in Long Beach, which is similar to this spring's NCAA Championships in regard to the number of events and the meet's time table.

Women's Volleyball
Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 in conference-only matches in hitting percentage (.393) and blocks per set (1.54). Her 1.57 blocks per set average this season ranks fifth nationally. As a team, Stanford is second in the nation with 3.23 blocks per set. Ranking: No. 5 (AVCA). Records: 20-5 overall, 14-5 Pac-12.

Men's Water Polo
Stanford completes the regular-season with a home game against Cal in the Big Splash on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center. The game should end in time for fans to continue on to the other Stanford-Cal game, the football version at Stanford Stadium at 7:15 p.m. Ranking: No. 4 (CWPA). Records: 18-4 overall, 5-2 MPSF.

Wrestling
Senior Nick Amuchastegui registered his 98th and 99th career victories Sunday at home. They moved him to seventh on the all-time career list at Stanford. He will have the opportunity on Sunday, Nov. 20, to become just the seventh wrestler in school history to record 100 career victories. Ranking: No. 12 (InterMat). Record: 4-1.

This week's media listings for live Cardinal sports:

Sport Matchup Time TV Webcast Radio
Thursday
Women's Basketball Old Dominion at Stanford 7 p.m. All-Access KZSU-FM 90.1
Friday
Men's Basketball Stanford at UC Davis 7 p.m. CSNBA KNBR-AM 1050; KZSU-2 (online)
Women's Volleyball Oregon at Stanford 7 p.m. All-Access KZSU-FM 90.1
Saturday
Football California at Stanford 7:15 p.m. ESPN KNBR-AM 1050; KZSU-FM 90.1
Sunday
Women's Volleyball Oregon State at Stanford 1 p.m. All-Access KZSU-2 (online)
Monday
Women's Basketball Stanford at Connecticut 4:30 p.m. ESPNU KZSU-FM 90.1

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