Stanford men's basketball schedule is quite a challenge


The Stanford men's basketball season will open at home on Nov. 14 with a late, 9 p.m., start against Wofford as part of the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and only gets better from there.

The schedule features 16 regular-season home games, 11 NCAA Tournament opponents from last season and the program's third appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since November.

Stanford's six games in November are its fewest since playing six in the season's first month in 2010.

Highlighting the television schedule are 12 appearances on the ESPN family of networks, in addition to 11 games broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, four on Fox Sports 1, two on TruTV and one on CBS.

Stanford is scheduled to play games in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles markets, along with a trip to Texas and its usual home slate in the Bay Area.

The challenging non-conference slate is highlighted by a game with defending NCAA champion Connecticut, scheduled for Maples Pavilion on Jan. 17.

Stanford's 53-51 upset of then-No. 10 Connecticut last December in Hartford represented a signature victory for the Cardinal, which was the only non-conference opponent to defeat the Huskies on their way to winning the national title. Connecticut had won 54 straight home games against non-conference foes dating back to 2007.

Stanford finished 5-2 against top-25 competition last year while 19 of its 36 games came against NCAA Tournament competition.

This year's schedule, which also includes road games against BYU and Texas, along with a potential tournament match-up against Duke, should provide the Cardinal with an opportunity to quickly establish a high RPI before Pac-12 competition gets underway in January.

Men's soccer

Enrique Ortiz recorded his first collegiate multi-goal game but it wasn't enough as Menlo could not overcome a deficit and dropped a 3-2 nonconference contest to visiting The Master's College on Monday.

It was a tale of two halves as the Mustangs dominated the first half of play, scoring on three different occasions. The Oaks (1-2-2) rallied in the second half but could not find the equalizer.

Menlo returns to action Thursday with a 4 p.m. contest against visiting La Sierra in the Cal Pac conference opener.

After creating multiple scoring opportunities early in the second half, Menlo found the net when Ortiz converted a Bosch assist and snuck it past the keeper in the 56th minute.

Just over six minutes later, Ortiz scored again, this time with help from David Beary, to being the Oaks within a goal with nearly 30 minutes remaining on the clock.

Menlo outshot The Master's, 6-2, in the second half but was outshot, 9-2, in the first period. Menlo put five shots on goal compared to eight for the Mustangs.

At Stanford, John Smith -- in his third year on Jeremy Gunn's staff -- has been promoted to the position of associate head coach of the Cardinal men's soccer program.

"John has been a massive part of building the program that we're trying to create," Gunn said. "He's done an incredible job with the recruitment of some wonderful young men and he's an integral part of having a happy, enjoyable, hard-working and successful environment. This promotion is very well-deserved."

Since his arrival on The Farm, Smith has helped assemble significant talent and translated it into some impressive play on the pitch. The Cardinal's most recent recruiting haul was ranked sixth in the country by College Soccer News, high praise which came on the heels of the nation's 11th-ranked recruiting class in 2013.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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