Stanford Basketball Preview Show


Stanford Basketball Preview Show

It wasnt so long ago that Stanford was a March Madnessfixture. Despite its current three-yeardry spell, the Cardinal has still been to 14 of the last 20 NCAA Tournaments with four Sweet 16s and a Final Four along the way.So as we lookahead to the new season and wonder whether it will include a return to theMadness, it seems only fitting that we also look back and appreciate the recent and incredible - run of success.That said, we ask

What is the greatest Stanfordbasketball moment of the last 20 years? - Mark Madsen late bucket to send Stanford to the FinalFour in 1998
With Stanford trailing 74-73, Rhode Island's Cuttino Mobley had the ball stripped by Cardinal guard Arthur Lee. The ball ricocheted to Madsen who dunked and was fouled. The sophomore converted the free throw to give Stanford a lead it would not relinquish.
- Brevin Knight scores 27, forces OT in NCAA Tourney in1997
The superstar guard scored 25 of his 27 points after half in the West Region Semifinal against Utah, with the signature play a leaning 3-pointer from the corner with 7.1 seconds left to force overtime.- Nick Robinson buzzer beater vs. Arizona in 2004
Robinson hit a running 3-pointer from about 35 feet at the buzzer, and No. 2 Stanford held off No. 12 Arizona 80-77 to remain one of the nation's two undefeated Division I teams.
- Brook Lopez's late OT bucket to send Stanford to the Sweet16 in 2008
Following the ejection of Cardinal coach Trent Johnson, Lopez -- one of the team's twin 7-footers -- made a baseline leaner with 1.3 seconds left, part of his OT effort (scoring 8 of Stanford's 11 points in extra time).
Well re-live them all and reveal the winner on the StanfordBasketball Preview, which debuts November 8th at 9 p.m. on Comcast SportsNetBay Area.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe


Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.