Caribbean has been kind to Stanford

U.S. Presswire File PhotoStanford Cardinal forward Josh Huestis

Not since their opening round win in the Puerto Rico Shootout a dozen years ago, has the Stanford men’s basketball team won a game on Thanksgiving Day. They handled Old Dominion 84-60 that day.  

And today, the Cardinal return to the Caribbean. But No. 13 Missouri isn’t Old Dominion.

Stanford will tip-off the first round of the second annual Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament from Paradise Islands in the Bahamas against the 3-0 Tigers. The winner of the game will face the winner between No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa. If the Cardinal prevail beyond the semis, they’ll encounter either No. 19 Memphis, No. 5 Duke, VCU or Minnesota.

The Cardinal enter the eight-team, three-day lavish tourney sporting a 3-1 record, last losing to Belmont 70-62 on Sunday. They and VCU are the only teams in the tourney who have losses.

Former Blue Devils All-American Johnny Dawkins, entering his fifth coaching season with Stanford, led the Cardinal to an NIT title last season against Minnesota.

But if the Cardinal are to have such lofty hopes of beating some of the best teams in the college game this week, they’ll likely have to improve from beyond the arc. Thus far, Stanford is hitting on just 23.1 percent of its 3-point attempts. On the contrary, Missouri is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

Today’s game will be Stanford’s first Thanksgiving Day contest since 2010, and their last preseason tournament title came in 2007 at the Basketball Travelers Classic.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

What to watch for as the San Francisco 49ers take on Green Bay

The presence of the George Halas Trophy in Santa Clara means that the NFC Championship game is here.

Mulan, Law & Order actor BD Wong asks to record Muni bus stop announcements

SFMTA director Tumlin embraces celebrity voice concept with invitations to SF stars

Fireside Bar: From dive to cozy hangout

“We felt the neighborhood could use a bar that wasn’t a dive bar that could appeal to a younger crowd.”

SF supervisor pushes for a reparations plan for black residents

Supervisor Shamann Walton announced Friday he wants The City to come up… Continue reading

1 killed, another injured in avalanche near Lake Tahoe, officials say

One person was killed and another was seriously injured when an avalanche… Continue reading

Most Read