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‘Heels defeat hoopsters: Stanford men’s basketball falls to UNC

Stanford men’s basketball (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) faced a nearly impossible challenge on Monday night, when they were asked to step into the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and take on the No. 7 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0). After a first half in which the Cardinal were manhandled, solid adjustments let Stanford remain competitive in the second period, and cut into the UNC lead. Ultimately, the effort was not enough, and Stanford fell, 90-72.

Men’s basketball preview: Schedule overview

The Stanford men’s basketball team had a brutal schedule last year and didn’t fare too well against some of college basketball’s top programs. The good news? The Cardinal should be better this season, thanks to a highly-touted freshman class and the return of four starters from last year’s team. The bad news? Their schedule this year may be even tougher than last year’s, including a visit to the Farm from the defending national champions. Other nonconference matchups against highly-ranked opponents also loom large for a Cardinal team that has big expectations, but also many obstacles standing in their way of going dancing in March.