After pulling out a tough five-set win against Oregon and taking care of business in three sets against Oregon State, the Cardinal extended its winning streak to 11 games and remained undefeated in conference play. USC and UCLA visit the Farm this week.
After finishing seventh in the Pac-12 during the regular season, Stanford found itself in the postseason for the first time since 2009, competing in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The Cardinal would end up cruising through the bracket and securing the second NIT title in school history, finishing a once-disappointing season with an impressive 26-11 record.
Andrew Zimmermann was not going to end his Stanford career quietly. The senior forward, who averaged less than four points and 13 minutes per game during the regular season, played the game of his life in Thursday night’s quarterfinals matchup against the California Golden Bears, but ultimately it wasn’t enough, as the Cardinal fell to the Bears 77-71 to end its rollercoaster season in a disappointing fashion.
It’s finally March, which, in the world of college basketball, can only mean one thing: it’s tournament time.
When California rolls into town, everything that happened earlier in the season ceases to matter. Past matchups, current records, Pac-12 rankings and tournament positioning will be irrelevant. The two teams met up for the first time on Jan. 29 in Berkeley, where Stanford put up a disappointing road effort. Despite being down just three points with 8:36 remaining, the Card could not overcome the deficit, as Cal went on to beat Stanford by a final score of 69-59.
For the first time ever in conference play, the Stanford basketball team (18-9, 8-7 Pac-12) is heading to the Rocky Mountains, where it will take on the Pac-12’s two newest additions: the Colorado Buffaloes (18-8, 10-4) and the Utah Utes (5-21, 2-12)