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Stanford Basketball Preview Show

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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.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.