Call it a night of missed opportunities. The Stanford men’s basketball team struggled from the outset in its matchup against UCLA (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) on Thursday, falling to the Bruins 91-74 in a disappointing performance that snapped a three-game conference win streak. It marked Stanford’s 16th loss in its last 17 games in Los Angeles against either UCLA or USC.
Despite an outstanding offensive performance by junior guard Chasson Randle, the Stanford men’s basketball team suffered its most disappointing loss of the season on Thursday night, falling to the Oregon State Beavers 81-72 in Corvallis, Ore. The loss drops Stanford (9-5) to 0-2 in the Pac-12, while the Beavers (9-6) move to 1-2 in the conference.
Any optimism brought about by the Stanford men’s basketball team’s recent East Coast road trip will have to temporarily be put on hold, as the Cardinal (9-4, 0-1 Pac-12) dropped its Pac-12 opener to Cal (10-4, 1-0) 69-62 at home on Thursday night.
The Cardinal (3-1) will host Texas Southern (2-3) tonight at Maples Pavilion before traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., next week for the final two games of the event. There, Stanford will play Houston and then either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech, depending on the results of semifinal games.
The Stanford men’s basketball team will open its season tonight at home against the Bucknell Bison of the Patriot League, as the Cardinal looks for its fourth consecutive win in season openers.
There are some games where records just don’t matter. Tournament seeding, March Madness implications, momentum swings—you name it, but none of it matters. These are rivalry games, and when the Stanford Cardinal rolls into Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears, all bets are off.
Dwight Powell’s game-tying dunk attempt came a split-second too late as Stanford men’s basketball dropped a close Pac-12 matchup at home against Colorado, 63-65.
After dropping a pair of close home games to UCLA and USC, the Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team desperately needs to finish conference play on a high note. With March Madness just around the corner and the possibility of earning an at-large bid appearing increasingly unrealistic, Stanford must focus on picking up a couple of conference wins on the road this week in order to improve its seed for the Pac-12 tournament.