For the Stanford men’s basketball team, the 2013-14 season was supposed to mark a definitive moment in the direction of the program. Athletic director Bernard Muir placed the onus on head coach Johnny Dawkins and his staff at the end of last season, making it publicly known that the Cardinal want to be “playing for a conference championship” and should “play well into March on the grand stage of March Madness.” Or else.
No. 10 seed Stanford was overcome by No. 11 seed Dayton’s superior depth and quickness, falling 82-72 in a game in which the Cardinal just could never put it all together.
The Stanford men’s basketball team learned that it had earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since the 2007-08 season when the official 2014 bracket was released as part of Selection Sunday on CBS. The Cardinal (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) received a No. 10 seed in the South Region and are slated to play the seventh-seeded New Mexico Lobos (27-6, 15-3 Mountain West) in St. Louis this Friday, March 21, in the teams’ tournament opener. The winner will advance to play on March 23 against the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Kansas and No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky.
For as well as the Stanford men’s basketball team played on Thursday night in dominating Arizona State in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, the Cardinal failed to remotely resemble that same squad on Friday. The second-seeded UCLA Bruins (26-8, 12-6 Pac-12) outplayed Stanford (21-12, 10-8) from the outset in Friday night’s Pac-12 semifinal, defeating the Cardinal 84-59 in a one-sided rout.
The Stanford men’s basketball team, in all likelihood, can finally punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. With an emphatic 79-58 blowout victory over Arizona State (21-11, 10-8 Pac-12) in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night, the Cardinal (21-11, 10-8) appear to be secure in their bid for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. It was the Cardinal’s second victory over the Sun Devils in three tries this season, and the victory now sets up a showdown with UCLA in the semifinals of the conference tournament on Friday.
Head coach Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford men’s basketball team lived to see another day on Wednesday night, as the Card defeated the Washington State Cougars 74-63 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. With the win, the Cardinal (20-11, 10-8 Pac-12) advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, where they will face the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night. The win not only moved Stanford closer to a Pac-12 tournament title, but also was crucial in ensuring that the Cardinal avoided the type of disastrous loss that would swing the NCAA Tournament committee in favor of keeping Stanford out of the Big Dance.
With the win on Saturday against Utah, the Stanford men’s basketball team avoided ending the regular season on a sour note and, in the process, prevented further doubt from creeping into its NCAA tournament profile. The Cardinal (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12) escaped the Utes (20-10, 9-9) with a 61-60 victory on a late free throw by senior Dwight Powell, thus ensuring that the Cardinal would register their second winning conference season of the Johnny Dawkins era, and as a result, finish in a five-way tie for third place in the Pac-12.
It didn’t play its best game, but the Stanford men’s basketball team did just enough on Senior Day to escape the Utah Utes on Saturday, and in the process, put its quest to the NCAA Tournament back on track. A Dwight Powell free throw with 36 seconds left gave Stanford (19-11, 10-8 Pac-12) a 61-60 lead, and a strong defensive possession that saw Chasson Randle force a turnover with less than two seconds remaining sealed the Cardinal victory. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and clinched Stanford’s second winning conference season in the last three years.
With one regular season game left to play, the 2013-14 rendition of the Stanford men’s basketball team finds itself in an unfamiliar position, as it tries to secure the program’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2008.
Even with NFL luminaries Andrew Luck and Richard Sherman in attendance, a back-and-forth affair didn’t go Stanford’s way on Wednesday night, as the Cardinal men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker at home to the Colorado Buffaloes, 59-56. For the second time this season, a Chasson Randle 3-point attempt to tie the game bounced off the…
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.
The Stanford men’s basketball team (18-10, 9-7 Pac-12) knew that if it was going to come away with a victory on the road against No. 3 Arizona, it was going to have to play its best basketball of the season. Unfortunately, Stanford could not muster its best effort, particularly early on, resulting in a 79-66 loss to the Wildcats (27-2, 14-2) on Sunday night.
After a strong stretch of performances that saw the Cardinal win five of its previous six games, including an upset victory over No. 23 UCLA on Saturday, the Stanford men’s basketball team (18-9, 9-6 Pac-12) put forth a forgettable performance in a dreadful road defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils (20-8, 9-6) on Wednesday night, falling 76-64.
Having won five of its last six games, the Stanford men’s basketball team heads to the desert this week with a lot of momentum and even bigger plans. The Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) hopes to become the first team this season to gain a sweep of the Arizona schools — home or away — during…
According to junior guard Chasson Randle, backcourt mate Anthony Brown has a motto: “It only takes one to get hot.” Randle took the slogan to heart and then some on Saturday afternoon, connecting on a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to scoring 26 points, leading the Stanford men’s basketball team to an 83-74 upset victory…
Six games. That’s all that’s left in the regular season for the Stanford men’s basketball team to make its case as a worthy NCAA tournament participant. At 16-8 overall and 7-5 in Pac-12 play, the Cardinal would probably sit on the right side of the bubble if the season ended today. ESPN and CBS currently…
Anthony Brown turned the ball over on Stanford’s first possession of the game. After that, the senior guard couldn’t do much wrong.
On Wednesday night, victory slipped through the fingers of the Stanford men’s basketball team. A disastrous second half resulted in a 4-point loss to a Washington team that the Cardinal (15-8, 6-5 Pac-12) had already beaten by 12 earlier this season, precisely the type of loss this team cannot afford if it hopes to make a run to the NCAA Tournament.
For the Stanford men’s basketball team, the nightmares in Seattle just keep on coming. The Cardinal (15-8, 6-5 Pac-12) blew a 7-point halftime lead on Wednesday night, falling to the Washington Huskies (14-11, 6-6) 64-60, marking Stanford’s fifth consecutive loss on the Huskies’ home court. The defeat dropped Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins’ career record…
The Stanford men’s basketball team will attempt to accomplish something tonight it has never done under head coach Johnny Dawkins: defeat the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Even including a 79-67 home victory against the Huskies on Jan. 18, Stanford (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) owns just a 2-9 record against Washington (13-11, 5-6) with Dawkins as head coach. The losing streak in Seattle spans four games, with the Cardinal’s last win coming back on Jan. 31, 2008, when Brook Lopez’s monster 31-point, 13-rebound performance powered Stanford to a 65-51 victory.
In the words of the great Bill Walton: “Every time the Bears tried to climb back up, the tree just shook off another layer.” From start to finish, the Stanford men’s basketball team dominated the archrival California Golden Bears (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12), picking up a pivotal 80-69 road victory to start the second half of…
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.
So close, yet so far. The Stanford men’s basketball team battled wire-to-wire with the best team in the country, the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), on Wednesday night, but fell just short, 60-57. With the win, Arizona extended its school-record winning streak to 21 games.