Men's Hoops Faces Florida A&M In Saturday Matinee
Nov. 20, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10)
Florida A&M Rattlers (0-3, 0-0 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 1 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: Dave Flemming, Color: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kevin Danna, Color: Frederick Alexander)
|With Stanford basketball hosting Florida A&M at 1 p.m. and Stanford football hosting California at 4:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to arrive early and plan accordingly. The Maples Pavilion parking lot will be open to those displaying a disability placard or Buck Cardinal men's parking permit. The Maples Pavilion lot will be staffed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and will be used for general admission parking after 1 p.m. Should the Maples Pavilion lot become full, it is recommended that fans park in Lot #9 (normally reserved for football general admission parking). The football parking lots will open at 10 a.m., and will be available to those displaying the proper parking permits.|
The Opening Tip
Stanford (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10) aims to even its record in the final contest of a three-game homestand against Florida A&M (0-3, 0-0 MEAC). The teams are playing their second game of the 2009 Cancun Challenge, which continues next week in Mexico.
Saturday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Kevin Danna (play-by-play) and Frederick Alexander (analyst).
About The 2009 Cancun Challenge
The Cancun Challenge features eight teams and includes eight games played in the U.S., along with eight games played at the all-inclusive Moon Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico. In addition to Stanford, the field includes Kentucky, Cleveland State, Florida A&M, Oral Roberts, Rider, Sam Houston State and Virginia. One of four schools selected to host games in the U.S., Stanford opened tourney play against Oral Roberts on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion. Grouped in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge, Stanford will face Virginia (Nov. 24) and either Kentucky or Cleveland State (Nov. 25) next week in Cancun. CBS College Sports will provide television coverage of the games played in Cancun.
Stanford will be playing regular season games outside the continental United States for the first time since 2000, when the Cardinal defeated Old Dominion (84-60), Memphis (83-60) and Georgia (71-58) on the way to capturing the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Scouting Florida A&M
Florida A&M closed out the 2008-09 campaign with a 10-21 overall record and a 6-10 mark, good for eighth in the 11-team MEAC.
The Rattlers are still searching for their first win, having lost their first three contests by an average of 26.7 points per game.
Florida A&M does not play a home game until a Dec. 3 matchup against Florida International. The Rattlers open with eight consecutive road contests.
Only three players are shooting at least 40 percent from the field. Leading scorer Brandon Bryant, averaging 11.0 points per game, is shooting 37 percent.
Stanford All-Time vs. Florida A&M
Stanford and Florida A&M will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. The Cardinal is 2-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC: Howard (1-0) and South Carolina State (1-0).
Recruiting Class Ranked Among Nation's Top-10
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the signing of five incoming student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010-11 campaign. The class is recognized as one of the best in the country, currently ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.com. According to Rivals.com, Stanford's recruiting class ranks as the best in the Pac-10. The class includes: Aaron Bright (5-11, 175, guard, Bellevue, Wash.), Anthony Brown (6-7, 190, guard/forward, Huntington Beach, Calif.), John Gage (6-10, 210, forward/center, Vashon Island, Wash.), Josh Huestis (6-8, 210, Great Falls, Mont.) and Dwight Powell (6-10, 215, forward, Bradenton, Fla.).
Shooting For 20
With another 20-point effort on Saturday against Florida A&M, Landry Fields will have opened the year with four consecutive 20-point games. The last Cardinal player to score at least 20 points in four straight games was Brook Lopez during the 2006-07 campaign. Lopez scored 20 points against Oregon State on Feb. 15, poured in 26 points against Oregon on Feb. 17, tallied 23 points versus USC on Feb. 22 and added 23 points against UCLA on Feb. 24.
Getting Their Start
After losing seniors Kenny Brown, Anthony Goods, Mitch Johnson and Lawrence Hill to graduation, it was a given this year's club would look considerably different. Through the first three games, head coach Johnny Dawkins has experimented with his starting lineup. Five players have made their first start in a Stanford uniform: Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann started the opener at San Diego while Drew Shiller has earned a starting nod in the last two games. It marked the first career start for all five players with the exception of Zimmermann, who started one game as a freshman at Santa Clara.
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