Men's Basketball Announces 2009-10 Schedule
July 21, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- Head coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the 2009-10 Stanford men's basketball schedule, which features 14 opponents who qualified for the postseason last year, 16 regular season home games and a trip to Mexico just before Thanksgiving.
Stanford closed out the 2008-09 campaign at 20-14 overall and 6-12 in Pac-10 play, advancing to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). For the 20th time in school history, the Cardinal reached the 20-win plateau. Stanford secured a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and notched at least 18 victories for the third year in a row.
The Cardinal was especially successful against non-conference opponents last year, compiling a 13-0 mark. The only other Division I teams to post an undefeated non-conference record in 2008-09 were NCAA champion North Carolina (20-0) and NCAA Final Four participant Pittsburgh (16-0). Stanford will aim to build on that success once again this year against a challenging group that includes Oklahoma State, Northwestern and potential date with Kentucky.
Stanford begins the season at San Diego on Nov. 13, representing the second consecutive year the Cardinal has opened the year on the road. The Cardinal picked up a 75-67 win at Yale in last year's season opener, at the time signaling the first time since 2001 that Stanford had opened its season away from home.
In a quick two-day turnaround, Stanford hosts Cal Poly in its home opener with the two squads squaring off for the first time in four years.
Participating in its first preseason tournament since hosting the Basketball Travelers Classic two years ago, Stanford is slated to compete in the Cancun Challenge over the next two weeks. Stanford will be playing regular season games outside the United States for the first time since 2000, when the Cardinal defeated Old Dominion, Memphis and Georgia en route to capturing the Puerto Rico Shootout. Grouped in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge, Stanford will play home games against Oral Roberts (Nov. 18) and Florida A&M (Nov. 21) before facing Virginia (Nov. 24) in its first game at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Stanford's second game in Cancun will feature a matchup against either Kentucky, led by first-year head coach John Calipari, or Cleveland State, a 26-win club that upset No. 4 seed Wake Forest in last year's NCAA Tournament first round.
Up next is a home game on Nov. 29 against Portland State, one of nine NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago to appear on this year's ledger. The Vikings were crowned Big Sky champions for the second straight season in 2008-09.
Following a home game versus UC Davis on Dec. 13, Stanford hosts Oklahoma State three days later in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series matchup. The Cowboys finished 22-12 last year while advancing to the NCAA Tournament and are expected to be a fixture in the national rankings throughout the season.
Stanford then embarks on a challenging road trip that includes stops at Northwestern (Dec. 19) and Texas Tech (Dec. 22). The Cardinal has faced both schools three times each over the last three seasons, winning all six meetings.
The non-conference slate wraps up on Dec. 29 when James Madison pays a visit to Maples Pavilion in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Stanford faces California in Berkeley on Jan. 2 in the Pac-10 lid-lifter for both clubs. The rematch doesn't come around until Mar. 6, when the Cardinal hosts the Golden Bears on Senior Day in the regular season finale for both teams.
Stanford's Pac-10 home opener comes against USC on Jan. 6 in a Wednesday night league contest. The homestand concludes against UCLA on Jan. 9.
For the second straight year, the Cardinal's first two-game conference road swing will be to the Pacific Northwest, as Stanford tangles with Washington (Jan. 14) and Washington State (Jan. 16).
After squaring off against each other four times in 2008-09, Stanford plays the first of two games against Oregon State on Jan. 21 when the Beavers visit Maples Pavilion. Oregon State swept last year's regular season series for the first time since 1992-93 before the Cardinal knocked off the Beavers in the play-in round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Oregon State then posted a 65-62 overtime victory in the semifinal round of the CBI in a rare fourth meeting.
The Cardinal plays four consecutive Pac-10 road games spanning the end of January and beginning of February, starting at Arizona on Jan. 28 and concluding at USC on Feb. 6.
Stanford wraps up the year with five of its final seven league games at home, including homestands against the Washington and Arizona schools.
Stanford will compete in the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles from Mar. 10-13. The bottom four seeds in the conference standings will open the tournament with first round games on March 10. The quarterfinals are set for March 11, semifinals will be played on March 12 and the championship game is slated for March 13.
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