Stanford Hosts James Madison Tuesday To Close Out Non-Conference Slate
Dec. 28, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (5-6, 0-0 Pac-10)
James Madison Dukes (6-4, 0-1 CAA)
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: XTRA Sports 860 AM (PBP: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Mark Friese, Analyst: Kevin Danna)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (5-6, 0-0 Pac-10) aims to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts James Madison (6-4, 0-1 CAA) on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion to close out non-conference play. The Cardinal has been challenged during its three-game losing skid, dropping close games to a pair of opponents (Oklahoma State, Northwestern) receiving votes in both national polls, and another to No. 23 Texas Tech on the road.
Tuesday's game can be heard live on XTRA Sports 860 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with John Platz calling the action. KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Mark Friese (play-by-play) and Kevin Danna (analyst).
Stanford will play its Pac-10 opener at California on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off at Haas Pavilion is set for 4 p.m. and the contest will be televised on Comcast SportsNet California. Stanford's first Pac-10 homestand takes place the following week, when the LA schools visit Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal hosts USC on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (7 p.m.) and UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 9 (3 p.m.).
Scouting James Madison
Picked to finish fifth in this year's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) preseason poll, James Madison checks in at 6-4 overall and riding a two-game winning streak.
The Colonials defeated Fordham 85-73 back on Dec. 23 in their most recent action, winning their fourth game this year by double-digits.
James Madison has already played one conference game, falling to Georgia State 49-44 back on Dec. 5. The Colonials resume league play on Saturday at Northeastern.
Denzel Bowles is averaging 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game to lead the Colonials. Bowles has played in only three games since being ruled eligible to compete following the completion of James Madison's fall semester.
Julius Wells (13.7 ppg) and Darren White (12.1 ppg) also average double-figure scoring.
James Madison is shooting 42.2 percent from the field while surrendering only 38.2 percent. The Dukes are connecting at only a 26.5 percent rate from three-point territory.
Stanford All-Time vs. James Madison
Stanford and James Madison will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. Tuesday's contest also marks the first time Stanford will be facing an opponent whose name begins with the letter 'J'.
Closing Out Non-Conference Play
Stanford's final non-conference hurdle is a matchup against James Madison on Tuesday night. A victory would end the Cardinal's current three-game losing skid, as Stanford has not dropped four straight non-conference games since December of the 1979 campaign. During that month, Stanford was defeated in succession by San Jose State (Dec. 15), Seton Hall (Dec. 18), Providence (Dec. 21) and Boston College (Dec. 22).
Four of Stanford's six losses have come by eights points or less. Among those close calls were an 83-81 home decision to Oral Roberts on a buzzer-beater and a 71-70 home setback to Oklahoma State despite having an opportunity to win the contest on its final possession. Conversely, four of Stanford's five wins have come by double-digits in addition to a 57-52 victory over Virginia at the Cancun Challenge back on Nov. 24.