Men's Basketball Announces 2008-09 Schedule
Aug. 4, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Head coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the 2008-09 Stanford men's basketball schedule, which features 17 regular-season home games in addition to the usually challenging Pac-10 slate.
One year after establishing a program record for home victories (16) in a single season, Stanford once again will play 17 games at home in addition to opening the year with a pair of exhibition contests (Nov. 4, 8). In fact, the Cardinal will play seven of its first 10 contests at home before kicking off league play against Arizona State on Jan. 2.
Four of those home games will include visits from Air Force (Nov. 26), Colorado (Nov. 29), Northwestern (Dec. 20) and Texas Tech (Dec. 28)- signaling the first time in program history that at least one team from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West will play at Maples Pavilion in the same season.
After two months of non-conference play, Stanford will once again face a difficult Pac-10 schedule, as the league placed nine teams in the postseason last year.
'Our non-conference opponents will prepare us for the variety of styles we will see in conference play,' said Dawkins, entering his first year at the helm. 'Playing teams from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West at home in the same year will give our fans an opportunity to watch us play against quality competition.'
Stanford begins the year at Yale on Nov. 14, representing the first time the Cardinal has opened the season on the road since an 81-66 victory at New Mexico back on Nov. 17, 2001.
Four days later in the home opener, Stanford hosts Cal State Northridge with the two squads squaring off for the first time in 15 years. The Matadors are coming off a 20-10 campaign that included a share of the first Big West regular-season title in school history and should be preseason favorites to repeat in conference play.
After battling Air Force on Nov. 26, Stanford faces Colorado in the first of two Big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series matchups as the Cardinal also opposes Texas Tech on Dec. 28. Stanford picked up victories over Colorado and Texas Tech last year in the inaugural season of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Following a road game at Colorado State on Dec. 14, Stanford welcomes Northern Arizona (Dec. 17) and Northwestern (Dec. 20) to The Farm. It will be the first trip to Maples Pavilion for the Lumberjacks, who tied a school record with 21 victories last year and advanced to the Big Sky Tournament championship game for the third consecutive season. Stanford is 3-1 all-time against the Wildcats, who are making their second visit to Maples Pavilion in three years.
Stanford plays at Santa Clara on Dec. 23, with assistant coach Dick Davey returning to the Leavey Center for the first time since his final season as the Broncos' head coach in 2006-07.
After hosting Hartford on Dec. 30, Stanford welcomes Arizona State to The Farm for the Pac-10 lid-lifter for both teams on Jan. 2. The homestand concludes two days later against Arizona, an opponent Stanford defeated three times last year.
Stanford's first conference road trip will be to the Pacific Northwest, as the Cardinal battles Washington (Jan. 8) and Washington State (Jan. 10).
The Cardinal hosts rival California on Jan. 17 and travels to Berkeley on Feb. 14.
Stanford closes out its non-conference schedule with a Feb. 10 matchup against Cal State Bakersfield.
After wrapping up the regular season at Arizona State (Mar. 5) and Arizona (Mar. 7), Stanford will compete in the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles the following week. The bottom four seeds in the conference standings will open the tournament with first round games on March 11. The quarterfinals are set for March 12, semifinals will be played on March 13 and the championship game is slated for March 14.
Stanford posted a 28-8 record in 2007-08 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall. The 28 victories ranked third-best in school history, matching the 1941-42 squad that finished 28-4 en route to capturing the NCAA championship.
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