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Stanford men's basketball is back from break to face Dartmouth

 

After playing three straight games on the road and breaking for final exams, Stanford plays its first game at Maples Pavilion in 23 days when the Cardinal hosts Dartmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Stanford, which does not play a game during the school's final exam period, last played on Nov. 27 with a 69-66 come-from-behind victory over Arkansas more than 3,000 miles away from campus in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Cardinal's seven-game homestand lasts into the new calendar year, with its Pac-12 Conference opening weekend at home against Utah on Jan. 1 and Colorado on Jan. 3.

Saturday's matchup with Dartmouth is Stanford's first game in 15 days. The Cardinal has won its last eight "first-game-back" contests from the extended break dating to 2006.

Stanford is 5-1 all-time against Dartmouth. The two schools squared off in the 1942 NCAA Championship game, with the Cardinal earning a 53-38 victory on March 28, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo. to win the NCAA title.

The two schools most recently squared off on Dec. 22, 2004 at Maples Pavilion, a 71-54 victory for the Cardinal. Dartmouth recorded a 39-38 victory over Stanford in 1938 for its lone win in the series. Stanford owns a 30-8 all-time record against members of the Ivy League.

Coming off a career-high 25 points against Arkansas, Rosco Allen is averaging 12.8 ppg this season. Eleven of his 25 field goals have been from three-point range. He is shooting a team-leading 45.8 percent on three-point field goals this season, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12. The senior ranks 10th in the conference, averaging 1.8 three-pointers per game.

Baseball

Eighteen Stanford games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Bay Area in 2016, including a pair of home games against national runner-up Vanderbilt and all five contests with Cal.

Of the 18 televised contests, 11 will feature the newly renovated Klein Field at Sunken Diamond and and 14 will be Pac-12 matchups. Only USC and Arizona State will have more televised games on the conference network (19) than the Cardinal this year.

Stanford returns six everyday starters and nearly all of its pitching. Offensively, the Cardinal will have more than 75 percent of its at-bats, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, extra-base hits back for 2016. The pitching staff returns more than 70 percent of its starts, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts as well as Cal Quantrill and John Hochstatter, each of whom missed the majority of last season.

Season and single-game tickets for 2016 will be available in January as Klein Field at Sunken Diamond completes several enhancements, including a new playing surface, entrance and clubhouse.

Men's volleyball

Stanford has been chosen by the conference coaches to finish eighth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season, the league announced Thursday.

Included among Stanford's returners are All-Americans James Shaw and Conrad Kaminski.

BYU, which garnered eight first-place votes and totaled 112 points overall, was picked to win the MPSF. UC Irvine (106) collected two first-place votes, while UCLA (95) had one to make up the top 3. Long Beach State (89) was fourth, while UC Santa Barbara (86) picked up the final first-place vote and came in at No. 5. Hawai'I (75) completed the first half of the poll at No. 6.

Teams coming in No. 7 through No. 12 were Pepperdine (63), Stanford (53), USC (50), CSUN (30), Cal Baptist (21) and UC San Diego (12).

Stanford went 10-18 in 2015 and missed the postseason for the first time in seven years under head coach John Kosty, now in his 10th season at the helm of the program. The Cardinal, which took home a No. 14 final national ranking in 2015, has held a spot in the final AVCA poll for eight straight years.

Stanford enters the 2016 season ranked 13th in the preseason AVCA poll. On Dec. 8, Off the Block announced that it will present in 2016 the inaugural Erik Shoji Award, which will be awarded to the best libero in NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball during the regular season. Named after the Cardinal great, it will be the first national position-based award in collegiate men's volleyball specifically for a libero.

The Cardinal will play two matches at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29-30 against the University of Saskatchewan. Stanford officially opens the 2016 campaign on Friday, Jan. 8 in Muncie, Ind., as it takes on No. 14 Ball State.

Women's volleyball

Stanford senior Jordan Burgess has been named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The Fort Myers, Fla., ative was recognized as one of the top players in the nation for her efforts both on the court and in the classroom. Burgess is a two-time honoree earning second team accolades in 2014 as well.

Burgess is a human biology major with a 3.62 GPA. She has also been named a top-10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award this season. A two-time CoSIDA All-District VIII first team member, she is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection.

A two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac-12 Conference pick, Burgess averaged 2.70 kills, 2.84 digs and 3.09 points per set for her career. In 2014, she became just the ninth Cardinal player to record 1,000 career kills and digs. She finishes sixth all-time on Stanford's career digs list with 1,320.

Burgess becomes the program's 11th Academic All-American last season and brings the Cardinal's total award count to 18.

— Stanford Athletics

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