Nov. 14, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Alcorn State Braves (1-1, 0-0 SWAC)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 6 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Stanford 69, Alcorn State 57 (March 11, 1999)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Roxy Bernstein, Analyst: Brevin Knight)
Gametracker | Live Audio
The Opening Tip
Stanford (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) continues its three-game, seven-day homestand on Thursday night, hosting Alcorn State (1-1, 0-0 SWAC). The Cardinal has won its first two games, most recently defeating Cal State Fullerton 81-68. This game is part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney, however the outcome has no bearing on next week's Bahamas field.
Thursday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the witty duo of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Brevin Knight (analyst).
Scouting Alcorn State
Alcorn State finished last year 10-22 overall and 6-12 in SWAC play. The Braves' season ended with a 60-55 loss to Texas Southern in the conference tournament semifinals ... Alcorn State, which plays four of its first six games away from home, is not part of the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis field. However, the Braves will advance to play three games on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast later this month ... The Braves returns two players who averaged double-figure scoring last year: Marquiz Baker (11.0 ppg) and Twann Oakley (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg) ... Head coach Luther Riley enters his second season at the helm of the Braves.
Stanford All-Time vs. Alcorn State
The only previous meeting between the two programs resulted in a 69-57 Stanford victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 11, 1999, in Seattle, Wash.
Pick Your Poison
Stanford's first two games have showcased some terrific inside-out play, with several players elevating their game when needed. With the backcourt struggling in the season opener, the Cardinal's frontcourt duo of Dwight Powell (27 pts.) and Josh Huestis (11 pts., 9 reb.) provided the bulk of the scoring. On Monday night, it was the guards who stepped up, with Chasson Randle (24 pts.) and Aaron Bright (16 pts.) repeatedly getting to the foul line and distributing to open teammates.
Stanford is 44-12 against non-conference opponents under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal wrapped up non-conference play last year with a 15-2 mark.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 69-19 over its last 88 home games dating back to the start of the 2007-08 campaign that ended in an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The Cardinal's 84-56 rout of Nevada in last year's Postseason NIT quarterfinals represented its school-record 17th home win of the year. The previous best win total at Maples Pavilion (16) was achieved five years ago.