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Pressure is on for Stanford to reach NCAA tourney

STANFORD — Dwight Powell is playing for his future. Johnny Dawkins is coaching for his.

While Powell put off turning pro to stick around Stanford for his senior season on a veteran team, Dawkins realizes the pressure to win now with his job depending on it.

Athletic director Bernard Muir has made it clear he expects the Cardinal to reach the NCAA tournament, something that hasn't happened during Dawkins' first five years on the job.

It's a make-or-break year for Dawkins, who scheduled a tough preseason that features consecutive games next month at Connecticut, plus Michigan three days later in Brooklyn, N.Y.

And Stanford certainly believes it will be playing in the top-tier tournament come March, with its top four scorers returning and all but two players from last season's team that reached the second round of the NIT.


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