Stanford men’s basketball is scheduled to play in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic next season in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cardinal will be joined by Butler, Missouri and Oklahoma for the two-day tournament at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Nov. 25-26.
Bob Murphy, the legendary and passionate Stanford broadcaster, died Tuesday at the age of 86 in his Santa Cruz home. Murphy had suffered from Alzheimer’s.
It’s Wednesday of Dead Week, and though there’s a two-week break in the schedule for final exams, the men’s basketball team is warming up for practice like any other day. “Today, the first thing we’re going to do at practice is show a clip yesterday of three guys diving on the floor,” booms a mellifluous,…
The most important thing to note is that Stanford is different from what it was in the late ‘90s and so, too, is college basketball.
Success in college basketball is a strange thing. There are so many things to play for — the NCAA championship, Final Four “regional titles,” conference tournament championships, conference regular season championships, even the National Invitation Tournament. In fact, as I write, Stanford men’s basketball is preparing for the NIT semifinals. But while only two games…
Some call it “The Miracle at Maples”; others, simply “The Shot.” But when Nick Robinson ’04 M.A. ’05 sunk a 35-foot runner as time expired to give No. 2 Stanford an 80-77 win against No. 12 Arizona — sending Musburger and Vitale into hysterics, the Sixth Man Club onto the Maples Pavilion hardwood and the Cardinal to a 20-0 record — there were, in truth, no words to describe what had just happened. Ten years to the day after Robinson’s iconic shot, that has changed.
There are some games where records just don’t matter. Tournament seeding, March Madness implications, momentum swings—you name it, but none of it matters. These are rivalry games, and when the Stanford Cardinal rolls into Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears, all bets are off.
As a superfan of the double, double toil and trouble that Stanford’s Pac-12 opponents get themselves into, few things have pleased me more in life than the Trojan turmoil of 2006 and the to-be-resolved Oregon “oops!” of 2011. But there’s nothing like the good ‘ol Cal chuckle: that warm, giggly feeling I get in my heart when I find out that the Golden Bears have done something else wrong.