Stanford’s non-conference schedule is strong

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Stanford released their non-conference schedule on Thursday, and it’s better than what you are going to see out of a lot of power conference programs:

Nov. 14: vs. Wofford
Nov. 16: vs. South Dakota
Nov. 21: vs. UNLV (Coaches vs. Cancer at Barclays)
Nov. 22: vs. Duke or Temple (Coaches vs. Cancer final)
Nov. 25: vs. Delaware
Nov. 30: at DePaul
Dec. 13: vs. Denver
Dec. 17: vs. Loyola Marymount
Dec. 20: at BYU
Dec. 23: at Texas
Dec. 29: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Jan. 17: vs. Connecticut

Wofford should be the favorite to win the Southern Conference this season, while Denver has a chance to win the Summit League and Delaware is coming off of a trip to the NCAA tournament. UNLV is always an NCAA tournament contender while Connecticut is coming off of a run to the NCAA title, although without Shabazz Napier they will be closer to a borderline top 25 team. That’s a return game from a visit the Cardinal paid to the Nutmeg State a season ago.

There are two keys to their schedule:

  • For starters, Stanford has three true road games: at DePaul, at BYU and at Texas. Texas is a top ten team that has a chance to win the Big 12 this season. BYU will have a WCC Player of the Year contender in Tyler Haws and plays in front of some 20,000 fans at the Marriott Center. DePaul is DePaul, but that’s still a post-Thanksgiving trip to Chicago.
  • Get Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer final. The Blue Devils are a potential top five team, and getting a win against them is the kind of thing that can turn a No. 5 seed into a No. 3 seed.

No. 25 Texas A&M outlasts No. 10 Gonzaga

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No. 25 Texas A&M made a statement on Turkey Day, as they knocked off No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Danuel House led the way with 19 points for the Aggies while Tony Trocha-Morales finished with 14 points as Texas A&M picked up the win despite the fact that they did not score for the final eight minutes of the game.

Billy Kennedy’s club looked the part of an SEC contender, playing tough defense and keeping Gonzaga’s massive and talented front line in check. Perhaps most impressive was that they were able to hang on despite blowing a lead late in the second half, and that they did it with their defense. Gonzaga can score. They have big bodies inside and shooters to surround them, but Domantas Sabonis struggled with foul struggle throughout the game while Kyle Wiltjer did not score in the final 12 minutes.

Kentucky, at this point, is the clear-cut favorite in the SEC, and while Vanderbilt looked really good in Maui this week, A&M looks like they’re going to end up giving the Commodores a run for their money for second-best in the league.

On the other hand, this loss wasn’t a total disaster for the Zags. They had the final possession with a chance to be a good team on a day when Domantas Sabonis was rendered completely ineffective. And, more importantly, point guard Josh Perkins was terrific. He did have a late turnover, but he scored all 15 of his points in the second half as he helped keep the Zags within striking distance.

Texas A&M will play the winner of Syracuse and No. 18 UConn for the title.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.