It's unlikely the Stanford men's basketball team can take any consolation from its 83-50 nonconference loss at Butler on Saturday other than to call it yet another learning experience.
If it does, though, there's the two firsts in which the Cardinal can say it took part. It was the first time CBS televised a game from Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Stanford became the first team since USC in 1965 to visit Butler, which reached last year's national championship game against Duke, from where Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins played, graduated and coached.
Stanford (6-3) moves on to Oklahoma State for a contest Tuesday at 6 p.m. as part of the Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Jeremy Green scored 16 points for the Cardinal, which fell to 1-3 in games played away from Maples Pavilion. Josh Owens added 13 points and Jack Trotter led the team with seven rebounds.
Butler took control with a 20-4 run midway through the first half, led by 19 at halftime and put it away when Matt Howard opened the second half with 10 straight points en route to a game-high 27. That made it 51-22 with 17:15 left. Howard also collected 10 rebounds.