It's still a little early in the men's college basketball season and eight games may be a small sample size but it's easy to see Stanford freshman Tyrell Terry is built for the big stage.
Terry scored 21 points but couldn't get off a potential game-winning shot as the game clock expired and Stanford dropped a 68-67 decision to Butler in the championship of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Tuesday.
There was plenty of good things to discuss and playing well away from home is one of them. Those trips to Arizona and Arizona State or USC and UCLA could be in play. Just a minimal improvement on last year's 5-12 road mark could mean the difference of making the NCAA tournament.
Junior Oscar da Silva added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, which included making his lone 3-point attempt. Sophomore Bryce Wills had 12 points and four assists and freshman Spencer Jones scored 11 for Stanford, which hosts UNC-Wilmington at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Junior Daejon Davis may not have shot the ball well but he certainly had his other skills in fine form. He produced six assists, a pair of steals, a blocked short and three rebounds.
His rebounds are worth mentioning because it appears the Cardinal (7-1) will work the boards by committee. He was one of five players with at least three rebounds and Terry led the team with four.
Terry leads the team in scoring (16.5) and could set a freshman record if he continues at the same pace. Todd Lichti, who was in Kansas City as one of the inductees to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, scored 516 points in 1985-86. Terry is currently on pace to match Chasson Randle's 512 points in 2011-12.