Cardinal men look to snare the Vandals in basketball


The Stanford men's basketball team completes nonconference play Thursday as the Cardinal welcomes Idaho to Maples Pavilion for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Coming off a setback to SMU on Monday in Dallas, Stanford (7-4) begins a three-game homestand with Thursday's contest. The Cardinal also welcome Arizona State on Dec. 30 and Arizona on Jan. 1 for its Pac-12 conference opening weekend.

Michael Humphrey
Stanford has lost three of its past four games after opening the season with wins in six of seven. The Vandals (5-5) have lost two of three coming in.

The Cardinal will spend the next 14 days at home, its longest stretch of the season, after completing a whirlwind 25,598-mile journey across the globe during its first 11 games.

Reid Travis is one of seven individuals in the top six conferences (Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big East) to rank in the top five of his league in scoring and rebounding.

Travis ranks seventh in the nation in free throws attempted (94) and 23rd in the country in free throws made (65).

At Kansas, he set Stanford single-game records for free throws made (19) and attempted (22), while also breaking the same free throw marks by a Kansas opponent.

Stanford and Idaho have faced each other nine times, with the Cardinal owning a 6-3 edge in the all-time series, 5-0 at home. The two teams have not played since the 1958-59 season.

Junior Dorian Pickens has posted at least one three-pointer in nine of Stanford's 11 games, with multiple three-pointers in five contests. He is shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range (14th in Pac-12), with a team-best 17 three-pointers on the year.

Pickens also excels from the free throw line, where he ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a free throw percentage of 85.3 (29-of-34). He converted 14 straight free throws, from Nov. 25 through Dec. 19.

Stanford's group of Reid Travis, Michael Humphrey and Grant Verhoeven have provided a strong presence in the paint through the season's first 11 games. The trio has combined to score 335 points (30.5 ppg) and collect 193 rebounds (17.5 rpg) this season.

— Stanford Athletics

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