Cardinal corner: preseason hoops, free kids soccer clinic

Stanford hosts North Carolina on Nov. 20 as part of an ambitious nonconference schedule. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Highlighted by a visit from defending NCAA champion North Carolina, a match-up with Kansas in Sacramento, and the PK80 Invitational, the Stanford men's basketball program officially unveiled an ambitious nonconference schedule for 2017-18.

The Cardinal will host eight games, including a Nov. 20 date with the Tar Heels at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford scheduled 13 nonconference games, with as many as five against teams that reached at least the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

Along with the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels, Stanford will play neutral site contests against 2017 NCAA elite eight squads Kansas and Florida.

The Cardinal is in its second year of a four-game series with Kansas. The two teams will meet at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Dec. 21 in Stanford's nonconference finale.

The previously announced PK80 Invitational in Portland has Stanford meeting Florida in the opening round. NCAA participants from last season, Gonzaga, Butler and Duke, are in Stanford's bracket along with Ohio State, Texas and Portland State.

The Cardinal season-opener is Friday, Nov. 10, as The Farm will play host to a rare men's basketball-football doubleheader. The action begins in Maples Pavilion as Stanford hosts Cal Poly, prior to the football team's matchup with Washington at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford's first five games are at home. Following the Mustangs, Stanford hosts Pacific (Nov. 12), Eastern Washington (Nov. 14), Northeastern (Nov. 17) and the Tar Heels (Nov. 20).

The Cardinal also hosts Montana (Nov. 29) at the end of November and welcome Denver (Dec. 15) and USF (Dec. 17) in December.

Stanford's lone true road game during the nonconference slate will be at Long Beach State on Dec. 3, its first trip to the 49ers' campus since Dec. 2, 2000.

Men's soccer

Preseason top-ranked Stanford, the two-time defending NCAA champions, will host a free youth clinic before its exhibition against Pacific on Saturday evening along with tours of its locker room at Cagan Stadium.

The free clinic will be run by Cardinal coaches and players from 5-6 p.m. on Maloney Field, directly behind the east side of Cagan Stadium adjacent to El Camino Real and is for youth ages 5-12.

Those interested in participating should email so the program can prepare stations and drills for the correct number of individuals.

Prior to the clinic, fans can tour the Cardinal locker room at Cagan Stadium between 4:30-5 p.m. The entrance will be off Maloney Field behind the east stands at Cagan Stadium.

The festivities precede Stanford's exhibition against Pacific, which begins at 7 p.m. Admission to the match is free. The Cardinal beat Portland 3-0 on Sunday in its first tune-up of 2017.

Stanford's regular-season home opener is on Friday, Sept. 1 against No. 14 Creighton at 7 p.m.

The match against the Bluejays is Cardinal Kids Day and fans can receive up to two free youth tickets with the purchase of a paid adult ticket.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance that evening will also receive a t-shirt celebrating the program's back-to-back national championships.

— Stanford Athletics

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