Stanford unveils men’s basketball schedule

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By: Ana Kieu

Nine home games, including a December 29 matchup with Kansas at Maples Pavilion, highlight Stanford’s 13-game nonconference men’s basketball schedule for the 2019-20 season. The Cardinal will play 11 games in the Bay Area, including a game at the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

The challenging slate includes six matchups with teams who appeared in the postseason last year, highlighted by the Dec. 29 date with Kansas. The Jayhawks, who won 26 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, will make their second ever appearance on The Farm.

Stanford will play in the inaugural Al Attles Classic at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Cardinal will face San Diego as part of a quadruple header, scheduled for December 21 at the new home of the Golden State Warriors.

For the first time in 36 years, Stanford will play nine nonconference games at Maples Pavilion during the regular season. After playing more road games than home contests in one of the nation’s toughest nonconference schedules a year ago, the Cardinal will leave the Bay Area for just two of its 12 nonconference games. Stanford will be at home the first five weekends of the season (including Friday evening), including a season-opening six-game homestand.

The 2019-20 campaign begins Wednesday, Nov. 6 against defending Big Sky Champion Montana. The season-opening homestand also includes Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, Maryland Eastern Shore and William & Mary.

Stanford’s only trip outside the Bay Area during nonconference play is a trip to Kansas City to compete in the Hall of Fame Classic. The Thanksgiving-week tournament (November 25-26) also features Oklahoma, Butler and Missouri, with specific matchups to be announced at a later date. The evening prior to the games, Cardinal great Todd Lichti (1985-89) will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

The December slate includes four games, all in the Bay Area. The Cardinal will host UNC Wilmington December 1, matching head coach Jerod Haase with his college teammate at Kansas in UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath. Stanford earned a 72-59 victory against UNCW in Wilmington last season.

The lone true road contest of the nonconference schedule is a December 14 matchup in the South Bay against San Jose State. The Cardinal defeated the Spartans 78-73 at home last season.

Continuing the Bay Area theme, Stanford will host San Francisco December 17, completing a three-game series with the Dons.

The nonconference slate concludes with Kansas, completing a four-game series with the Jayhawks. Stanford dropped a 90-84 overtime thriller at Allen Field House last season. The December 29 matchup marks Kansas’ first trip to Stanford in 56 years. The Cardinal earned a 69-64 victory over the Jayhawks on December 23, 1963 in their only other visit to The Farm.

The Pac-12 portion of the schedule, along with game times for all games will be announced in September, once television agreements are finalized.

Season ticket membership renewals begin in mid-July, the only opportunity for season ticket members to guarantee their seats for the full home schedule, receive loyalty pricing (9-10% off the regular price), early access to discounted tickets for all regular season home events and enjoy a growing list of other membership benefits. To learn more about 2019-20 memberships, including placing a deposit to secure seats as a new season ticket member, call (800)-STANFORD (option 2).

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