The conference schedule begins Thursday . . .
AROUND THE PAC-10
– Stanford (6-6) tuned up for Cal on Saturday by beating James Madison 80-76 at Maples Pavilion. Landry Fields had 24 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists, and Jeremy Green scored 15 points, all in the second half. Andrew Zimmerman equaled his career-high with 14 points. Stanford shot just 40 percent, but forced 26 JMU turnovers.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
Freshman guard John Wall set a Kentucky single-game record with 16 assists and the No. 3 Wildcats (14-0) scored a 104-61 victory over Hartford. Wall, who also had nine points, broke the 16-year-old record held by Travis Ford. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 12 rebounds . . . No. 1 Kansas (12-0) got 14 points from Marcus Morris in an 81-51 win over Belmont . . . Wesley Johnson scored 20 points and No. 5 Syracuse (13-0) rallied to beat Seton Hall 80-73 in Big East play . . . Damion James had 14 points and 13 rebounds — his 43rd career double-double — and No. 2 Texas (12-0) trounced Gardner-Webb 95-63 . . . . No. 4 Purdue (12-0) won its Big Ten opener, beating Uowa 67-56 behind 21 points from E’Twaun Moore . . . Da’Sean Butler made a 20-foot shot with 2 seconds left and No. 6 West Virginia (11-0) survived Marquette 63-62. The Mountaineers are off to their best start since Jerry West led them to a 14-0 record in 1957-58 . . . Guards Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for 41 points and 14 assists and No. 7 Duke (10-1) beat Long Beach State 84-63 . . . Darington Hobson had 23 points and 12 rebounds and No. 19 New Mexico (13-1) beat Texas Tech 90-75.
Cory Higgins (Monte Vista HS) scored 23 points and Colorado beat Yale 70-59 . . . Omar Samham (San Ramon Valley HS) had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in Saint Mary’s 85-57 rout of Binghamton.