With the Cardinal currently projected to be somewhere between an 8 seed and a 10 seed in the NCAA tournament, it is crucial that Stanford does not give the tournament committee a reason to bump it out of the field of 68. Holding serve this week at home in the final games of the regular season against Colorado (20-9, 9-7) and Utah (19-9, 8-8) would pretty much guarantee the Cardinal a spot in the Big Dance.
Recent performances by the Stanford men’s basketball team have provided a basis for cautious optimism amongst Cardinal faithful and a possible winning blueprint moving forward. Was the near-miss performance against No. 1 Arizona a sign of good things to come? Does dispatching Arizona State, another hungry bubble team, mean the Cardinal has turned the corner? Is the stingy defense and physical rebounding sustainable?
With little room for error left on the schedule following Stanford’s near-miss loss to Arizona on Thursday, the Cardinal men’s basketball team’s two best players came up big when needed most, as the Cardinal defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 76-70 on Saturday afternoon. After a slow start to the game that saw Stanford (14-7, 5-4 Pac-12) trail the Sun Devils (16-6, 5-4) by as much as 6 points, senior forward Dwight Powell and junior guard Chasson Randle dominated the second half to help Stanford come away with the victory.
No. 4 Stanford women’s basketball (19-1, 8-0 Pac-12) recently faced what some were expecting to be two difficult tests when it took on No. 15 Arizona State last week and played USC on Monday to determine which team would sit atop the Pac-12.
Heading into Arizona for another road trip after two road wins last weekend, the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12) boasts two players that are receiving lots of recognition for their prowess on the court. Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the sixth time this season, while junior guard Amber Orrange was named to the watch list for the Lieberman Award, awarded to the best point guard in the nation.
The Pac-12 released Stanford football’s full 2014 schedule on Wednesday afternoon, featuring nine conference matchups and six home games. As was the case in 2012, Stanford will have three consecutive home games to open the season before most of the student body arrives on campus for the new school year.
On Saturday night, there was no doubting that No. 7 Stanford (11-2, 8-2 Pac-12) played a complete game on the conference’s biggest stage to defeat No. 11 Arizona State (10-3, 8-2) 38-14 at Sun Devil Stadium and defend its Pac-12 title. The Cardinal booked its return trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Game — the 100th Rose Bowl Game, no less — and will be going to its fourth BCS bowl game in just as many seasons.