By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
It's time for the Stanford men's basketball players to wipe the sleep from their eyes, stretch out those tired muscles and shake all those nasty exam-cramming facts from their head. It's time for a little basketball.
The Cardinal (8-1) entertains San Diego on Saturday at 5 p.m., breaking the fast of a long winter's library visit. It's the first of three games over a six-day span that also includes Monday night's game against Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. and Thursday's tipoff against Butler at 6 p.m.
The women's basketball team also re-engages the court with three games over six days. Princeton visits Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest and then Tennessee visits Maples Pavilion for a 7 p.m. televised contest Tuesday. Cal State Bakersfield comes in Thursday for a 2 p.m. game.
The next three games are the lead into the Pac-12 openers for both teams, which arrives a few days after all the Christmas cheer has been soaked up and the New Year is staring at us in the face.
The Stanford men won their last time on the court, beating North Carolina State, 76-72, after trailing by as much as 12 points.
The Cardinal is receiving votes in the AP poll with its hot start and quality loss, a six-point setback to now top-ranked Syracuse in the finals of the NIT Preseason Tipoff.
After nine games, 10 different Stanford players already have reached double-digits in scoring, matching last year's total. Freshman guard Chasson Randle has made 15 consecutive free throws dating to the second half of Stanford's game against Oklahoma State on Nov. 23.
The fourth-ranked Cardinal women (6-1) match wits with the Tigers (and Stanford grad Milena Flores, a member of the Princeton coaching staff) before their big matchup with the sixth-ranked Lady Vols on Tuesday night.
Stanford has won its first game back following the exam period in each of the past nine seasons. The last Cardinal loss was a 68-62 setback at home to No. 2 Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.
Stanford will be seeking to extend its program best 66-game home winning streak, which dates to March of 2007, over the next week. Among the more significant victories along the way were against then-No. 1 Tennessee in 2007, then-No. 3 Rutgers and No. 3 California in 2008-09, then-No. 7 Duke and No. 3 Tennessee in 2009-10 and then-No. 4 Xavier and No. 1 Connecticut last season.
Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen heads to Nashville for the Winter National Championships that begin Saturday. The Cardinal present will be joined by Cardinal past Dwight Dumais and Cassidy Krug and Cardinal future Kelly Markle and Lillian Hinrichs.
Ipsen will compete in the 3-meter synchro on Saturday and 3-meter springboard on Sunday. Dumais will also compete in both events, while Krug competes in the 3-meter on Tuesday.
In the individual 3-meter and platform, the top 18 will advance to semifinals and top 12 will head to finals. For 3-meter synchro, 12 will advance to finals, with no semifinals.
Ipsen has competed in two collegiate meets this fall, winning both the 1- and 3-meter dual meets with Utah and Hawaii. Ipsen and Troy Dumais (Dwight's brother) were fourth at the world championships in July prior to the start of his collegiate career.
Ipsen, Krug, Dumais and Markle were also all at the National Championships in August.
Ipsen and Krug both won titles at Nationals. Ipsen placed first in the senior 3-meter and with Troy Dumais were first in the 3-meter synchro. Krug won the 3-meter and was part of the winning 3-meter synchro team with partner Kassidy Cook.
Also at Nationals, Dwight Dumais was third in the 3-meter synchro with his brother Justin, sixth in the 1-meter, 10th in the 3-meter and. Markle finished 12th in the 3-meter.
This Winter National meet will set teams in motion for the World Cup in London in February as well as several Grand Prix events. The World Cup team will be made up of a maximum of 16 divers. The Olympic Trials, which all five have already qualified for, is in Federal Way, Wash. in June.
Stanford will be taking part in the Reno Tournament of Champions at the Reno Events Center in Nevada on Sunday.
The TOC gets rolling at 9 a.m. The championship consolation round follows at 2:45 p.m. and the championship finals beginning at 6 p.m.
Two-time All-American Nick Amuchastegui leads a bevy of Cardinal athletes into the fray. Amuchastegui, top-ranked at 174 pounds, has won his first 11 matches this season. He has recorded four major decisions, three falls and a technical fall. He is the reigning tournament champion at 174 pounds.
Others making the official trip include 125-pound junior Matt Sencenbaugh (1-7), 141-pound sophomore Donovan Halpin (1-6), 141-pound freshman Alex Manley (0-3), 149-pound freshman Josh Lauderdale (2-5), 157-pound sophomore Garrett Schaner (2-2), 157-pound redshirt freshman Matt Schneider (1-5), 165-pound redshirt sophomore Bret Baumbach (0-3), 165-pound junior Kyler Hasson (0-0), 184-pound junior Spence Patrick (5-5), 197-pound redshirt sophomore Richard Kessler (0-1), 197-pound sophomore Alan Yen (6-4) and heavyweight sophomore Dan Scherer (8-4).
The Cardinal also will be unofficially represented by wrestlers who make the trip on their own to compete unattached.