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Stanford men's hoops hosts North Carolina A&T

 

Taking the court for just the second time in the past 17 days, the Stanford men's basketball team (5-2) will play host to North Carolina A&T (5-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Cardinal is aiming for its second three-game winning streak of the season and looking to remain undefeated through five games at Maples Pavilion.

North Carolina A&T has won four of its past five games after starting the year 1-3. The Aggies dropped a 74-58 decision at Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon to kick off a five-game road stretch.

A&T is led by Thomas Coleman, who has posted team-high marks in points (15.6 ppg), rebounds (11.3 rpg) and field-goal percentage (63.6). The 6-foot-9 Coleman is the school recordholder for blocked shots and has recorded 28 swats this season.

North Carolina A&T is averaging 74.3 points per game but also is giving up 79.9. The Aggies have been outrebounded by a 7.1 margin, but have tallied 54 blocks and 69 steals.

Stanford is 3-0 all-time against schools from the MEAC.

The Cardinal is coming off a 55-48 victory over UC Riverside on Sunday after returning from its traditional 14-day break for finals. That was just the seventh game of the year for Stanford, and as of Sunday night, there were only four other NCAA Division I schools that had played fewer games: Alabama A&M (3-3), New Orleans (4-2), Northern Illinois (2-4) and Northwestern (5-0).

Stanford has posted a 24-8 overall record against non-conference opponents under head coach Johnny Dawkins. During the 2008-09 campaign, the Cardinal finished 13-0 against nonleague foes and joined North Carolina (20-0) and Pittsburgh (16-0) as the only programs in NCAA Division I competition to own an undefeated record in nonconference action.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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