By Matt Johnson @mattytheole on October 4, 2014
Coming off a 23-win season and an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014, the Stanford Cardinal head into the new campaign with high hopes. Coach Johnny Dawkins and the Cardinal return three starters and welcome a heralded recruiting class, only increasing the expectations at Maples Pavilion this season. Here are five can’t-miss games for Stanford in 2014-15.
The Cardinal take on the Runnin’ Rebels in Brooklyn as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. With UNLV expected to make a serious push in the MWC this season, Stanford figures to receive a stern test from coach Dave Rice’s team in this early-season contest.
Stanford gets their toughest non-conference road test of the season when they head to Austin for a contest with coach Rick Barnes’ Longhorns. Texas is coming off a breakthrough campaign that yielded 24 wins, and with the Longhorns bringing back four starters from 2013-2014, the Cardinal will have their hands full in what should be an entertaining matchup.
After years of inconsistency, coach Tad Boyle has elevated the Buffaloes into one of the Pac-12’s more consistent programs. Colorado has qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and is predicted to make their fourth-straight showing in 2014-15 -- add in the electric atmosphere at Coors Events Center and their Feb. 15 meeting could be memorable.
Coach Kevin Ollie and the defending national champions invade Maples Pavilion for a key contest midway through January. If Stanford can pick up a victory over the Huskies, it would give the Cardinal big-time momentum heading into their game with Pac-12 favorites Arizona just five days later.
Arizona is considered amongst a handful of teams that could claim a national title in 2014-15. The Wildcats are also considered favorites in the Pac-12, which means Stanford will have their home date with Arizona circled on their calendars. Count on the Cardinal and Wildcats to provide the most memorable game of Stanford’s season.
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