Hoops on the loose in Spain


The Stanford men's basketball team arrived in Madrid at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning local time, marking the start of a six-game, 11-day road trip.

The Cardinal trip began with a 4 a.m. wake-up call Saturday, included a four-hour delay in New York and a guided tour of the Spanish city.

The exhibition schedule includes stops in Alicante, Barcelona and Madrid.

Highlighting the tour are games against Real Madrid, which has won a record 30 Spanish League championships and eight Euroleague Championships, and powerhouse FC Barcelona Regal, which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition game last October. Making the contest even more memorable, FC Barcelona Regal will be playing its first-ever game against a college team.

Stanford's opponents for the Spain trip are members of the ACB League (or Liga ACB, The Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto), which is considered to be the top professional league in Europe and recognized by many as the best in the world after the NBA.

The Cardinal practiced together for a week on the Stanford campus prior to departing for Spain.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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