Long before he ever put on a Stanford basketball uniform, Christian Sanders was just a kid in Allen Fieldhouse trying to out-play his fellow campers.
Saturday, Sanders returned to the venue where his father, Brad, played for Kansas in the late 1970s. As the Cardinal’s starting point guard, though, this trip to Lawrence had a much different feel. In Stanford’s first true road game of the season, Sanders and his teammates aspired to knock off the No. 4 Jayhawks. Instead, the program he grew up studying and cheering for prevailed, 89-74.
“It was a learning experience,” Sanders said. “We’ve now played two back-to-back top-15 teams (losing to St. Mary’s on Wednesday). Both shot the ball really well against us (KU hit 52 percent from the field). And we felt like we could’ve done more. We could’ve played better.”
Stanford coach Jerod Haase knew that Saturday would be an emotional day.
Returning to a city and an arena in which he was beloved as one of the most popular Jayhawks of the 1990s, Haase brought his strong-but-unspectacular Stanford squad to KU’s campus on Saturday afternoon and went home with something he never had experienced before — a loss in Allen Fieldhouse.
“It was certainly an emotional day,” Haase admitted after the 89-74 victory by No. 4 Kansas. “My emotions right now are more frustrated that we didn’t perform at a higher level, but I am also very proud of the way our guys performed.”
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