Nov. 17, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Belmont Bruins (2-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 6 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: Stanford leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Stanford 97, Belmont 63 (Dec. 18, 2001)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Andrew Santana, Analyst: Lucas Prokopiak)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
Gametracker | Live Audio
The Opening Tip
Stanford (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) concludes its three-game, seven-day homestand on Sunday night, hosting Belmont (2-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley) at 6 p.m. The Cardinal has opened the year with three straight double-digit victories, but the challenge will be much tougher against the Bruins, who are one of the country's most recognizable mid-major programs.
Cardinal Owns Nation's Longest Win Streak
Stanford owns the country's longest active winning streak, having won eight in a row dating back to last year's NIT title run. The Cardinal had been tied with 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament champion Mercer at seven consecutive wins until Friday afternoon, when the Bears were defeated by Old Dominion 52-49 in the opening round of the Paradise Jam.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the clever 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 Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst).
Belmont (2-0) has experienced little trouble through its first two games, easily routing Lipscomb (89-60) and Maryville-Mo. (88-49) ... Belmont returns 11 players from an NCAA Tournament squad that finished 27-8 overall last season ... The Bruins continued their dominance of the Atlantic Sun Conference, earning their fourth title over the last five years in 2011-12 ... One of the country's most recognizable mid-major programs, Belmont is making the move to the Ohio Valley Conference this year ... Key returnees to keep an eye on include: Kerron Johnson (13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 51.8 percent FG, 177 assists) and Ian Clark (12.7 ppg, 45.1 percent FG, 92 three-pointers) ... Head coach Rick Byrd enters his 32nd year in the coaching profession, and has compiled a 547-284 record in 27 seasons at Belmont.
Stanford All-Time vs. Belmont
In the only other meeting, Stanford routed Belmont 97-63 back on Dec. 18, 2001 in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.
Takeaways From The Alcorn State Game
Josh Huestis scored a career-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds in Stanford's 69-51 win. Chasson Randle added 10 points while Dwight Powell grabbed 10 boards ... Stanford shot 34.4 percent overall and was just 4-18 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc ... However, the Cardinal made 21-30 (70.0 percent) from the charity stripe ... The most glaring difference came on the glass, where Stanford held a 51-29 rebounding advantage. The 51 rebounds were the most since last year's NIT semifinal, when the Cardinal pulled down 54 against Massachusetts ... Stefan Nastic made his first career start, finishing with three points and four rebounds ... Andy Brown missed the game after suffering a sprained ankle in practice on Wednesday. Brown is expected to play on Sunday ... Rosco Allen broke into the scoring column for the first time in his career, finishing with six points and four boards in 12 key minutes off the bench ... Stanford's first-half point totals through three games are as follows: San Francisco (32), Cal State Fullerton (31) and Alcorn State (33) ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 358 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.
Bright Contributing In Other Ways
After shooting 43.6 percent from three-point territory last year, Aaron Bright is 0-8 through his first three games in 2012. On Thursday against Alcorn State, Bright was 0-3 from beyond the arc and just 1-7 from the field overall. However, he made up for it with a 7-8 clip from the foul line, igniting the Cardinal offense with his ability to outrace defenders and drive the lane. Bright is 16-19 (84.2 percent) from the foul line overall, and he's doing a solid job of distributing the basketball (13 assists, six turnovers).