Tough home basketball schedule awaits Cardinal men


The Stanford men's basketball schedule, released Wednesday, features 17 regular-season home games, 11 contests against NCAA Tournament opponents from last season and the program's fourth visit in three years to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Highlighting the challenging nonconference slate are home games against SMU, DePaul and Texas and the start of a home-and-home series against Saint Mary's that will begin in Moraga.

The Cardinal will also compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which is shifting from Madison Square Garden to Barclays Center.

Stanford, making its seventh trip overall to New York since 2011, opens against Villanova and squares off against Arkansas or Georgia Tech the following day.

Stanford (24-13, 9-9 Pac-12 last year) concluded its 100th season by capturing its second NIT championship in four years and third overall in school history.

Qualifying for its fourth straight postseason appearance, the Cardinal narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament but bounced back by winning its final five games. Despite several injuries to key players throughout the season, Stanford finished ranked No. 34 in the RPI.

One of four Pac-12 programs to have appeared in four consecutive postseasons, Stanford is coming off its fourth 20-win campaign in seven seasons under coach Johnny Dawkins.

Tip times for all games will be announced in early September. While the sequence of the Pac-12 schedule has been released, it should be noted that exact dates, times and order of opponents are tentative and likely to change due to television agreements.

— Stanford Athletics

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