Though the COVID-19 pandemic cut the 2020 NCAA basketball season short in early March, the abrupt end did little to halt the accolades rolling in for Stanford men's hoops. Junior guard Bryce Wills was just one Cardinal athlete to make headlines, dubbed the nation's best defender after recording a national-low 0.613 points allowed per possession.
After adding consensus five-star prospect Ziaire Williams to its program earlier this year, Stanford men's basketball has now snagged another with the commitment of Harrison Ingram last week. Ingram, the first five-star to commit to Stanford's 2021 recruiting class, announced his decision to join the Cardinal in a post on his personal Instagram page on Friday.
Stanford student-athletes are given a platform. What they choose to do with that platform, however, is up to them. Some choose to inspire the next generation of athletes through impressive performances in competition. Some aim to be academic and athletic role models by connecting with young fans. Others, however, have done both, as in the case of Ousseni Bouda, Kyla Bryant, DiJonai Carrington and Madison Haley and their involvement with The Big Homie Project in East Palo Alto.
After having already compiled the highest-ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12, Stanford men's basketball added another guard to its repertoire with the signing of Michael O'Connell.
Four-star junior point guard Isa Silva became the second commit in two weeks and first of the 2021 recruiting class for Stanford men's basketball after announcing on Tuesday his plans to continue his academic and athletic career on the Farm. In a post on his personal social media, Silva revealed his decision to join the Cardinal over several other Division I programs, including Pac-12 foe Arizona.
Just days after standout freshman guard Tyrell Terry announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NBA draft and potentially leave Stanford, Cardinal men's basketball welcomed a new star to its recruiting class.
Men's basketball's freshman Tyrell Terry officially announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NBA draft on Monday morning, confirming the suspicions of many basketball fans following a season of numerous attention-grabbing performances by the 6'2" guard. If drafted, Terry would be the second Stanford player in two years to aspire to the NBA after then-sophomore forward Kezie "KZ" Okpala joined the league as the 32nd overall pick last June.
It took Cal (14-18, 7-11 Pac-12) just 20 seconds to secure a layup and an early lead over Stanford (20-12, 9-10 Pac-12) on Wednesday night.
With the regular season in the books, men's basketball (20-11, 9-9 Pac-12) will tip off its postseason against Cal (13-18, 7-11 Pac-12) on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament. The Cardinal enters the weekend in Las Vegas as the conference's No. 7 seed, while its Bay-Area rival is seeded No. 10.
Battling No. 13 Oregon (24-7, 13-5 Pac-12) is a challenge, but Stanford men's basketball (20-11, 9-9 Pac-12) handled the Ducks in Maples on Feb. 1. Battling Oregon on its home court in front of a packed Matthew Knight Arena on Senior Night is another story.
Having four players in double figures lifted Stanford men's basketball (20-10, 9-8 Pac-12) over Colorado at home last week, but failed to produce the same outcome against Oregon State (12-13, 6-11 Pac-12) on Thursday. Snapping a four-game win streak--and marking the first time the Cardinal has been swept by the Beavers in over a decade--Stanford fell 68-65.
Only two games remain on the regular-season agenda for Stanford men's basketball (20-9, 9-7), both of which come as part of this week's road trip north. Oregon State will be the first stop on Thursday, with No. 13 Oregon (22-7, 11-5 Pac-12) closing out the trip on Saturday.
With Stanford men's basketball (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) leading Colorado (21-9, 10-7) by just three and over three minutes of play remaining, whether or not the Cardinal would secure a victory on Senior Day remained undetermined. A 7-2 run by the home team in the final moments helped Stanford stretch the gap again and celebrate the final career home stand of three team members-- Trevor Stanback, Kodye Pugh and Rodney Herenton--with a 72-64 win.
Big contributions from Stanford men's basketball's Tyrell Terry and Oscar da Silva are anything but uncommon. Twenty-point nights from the freshman guard or junior forward are a slightly more rare. Twenty points apiece from the duo in the same game was unheard of. That is, until Wednesday when their combined 47 points helped the Cardinal (19-9, 8-7 Pac-12) stretch its win streak to three with a 70-62 home victory over Utah (15-13, 6-10 Pac-12).
Two games this week mean one chance for Stanford men's basketball (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12) to stretch its win streak to four for the first time since opening conference play 4-0. Utah (15-12, 6-9 Pac-12) and Colorado (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12) visit the Farm on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, for the Cardinal's final home game of the 2019-20 regular season.
Thanks to big offensive numbers coming from juniors Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis, Stanford men's basketball (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12) coasted to an 18-point victory--its largest since Jan.15--over Washington State (14-14, 5-10 Pac-12) on Sunday. With the win, the Cardinal concluded a road sweep of the Washington teams and picked up consecutive victories for the first time since opening conference play 4-0 in early January.
Stanford men's basketball (17-9, 6-7 Pac-12) was swept at home last week by Arizona State and Arizona, but a trip to Seattle was just what the team needed to snap its four-game losing streak. Junior forward Oscar da Silva led Stanford's offensive efforts as the Cardinal handled the Huskies on their home court and secured a 72-64 victory.
With just six games remaining on the regular-season slate, Stanford men's basketball (16-9, 5-7 Pac-12) heads north for two tests in Washington: the Huskies (12-14, 2-11 Pac-12) on Thursday and the Cougars (14-12, 5-8 Pac-12) following on Sunday. Both Washington and Washington State are amongst the four teams the Cardinal defeated in early January en route to a 4-0 start to Pac-12 play.
A chance to add to a six-game win streak, Stanford softball (11-2, 0-0 Pac-12) prepares for a three-game home series with Nevada (1-8, 0-0 WAC). The matchups are part of a 15-game home stand by the Cardinal, which opened with a 4-5 loss to Seattle University on Thursday and will conclude with an afternoon battle versus Rhode Island on Mar. 1.
A career-high 25-point effort from sophomore guard Bryce Wills stunned fans in Maples Pavilion on Saturday night but was not quite enough to propel the struggling Cardinal (16-9, 5-7 Pac-12) past visiting Arizona (18-7, 8-4 Pac-12).
Of the six games remaining on the regular-season agenda for No. 8 Stanford women's basketball (21-3, 10-2 Pac-12), four take place on the road, including this week's challenges: Utah (12-11, 5-7 Pac-12) and Colorado (14-9, 3-9 Pac-12). The Utes will be the Stanford's first foe of the trip on Friday evening, while Cardinal versus Buffalo is set to follow on Sunday.
Though its recent road trip to the mountains brought two losses to Stanford men's hoops (16-7, 5-5 Pac-12), chances for the Cardinal to bounce back from the defeats come Thursday and Saturday, when the teams from Arizona visit the Farm. ASU (15-8, 6-4 Pac-12) is first on the agenda, and the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Pac-12) will close out the weekend action at Maples Pavilion.
After opening the 2020 season at the GCU Kickoff tournament in Arizona last weekend, Stanford softball (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) now prepares for its first home game of the year: a Thursday doubleheader versus Seattle (0-5, 0-0 WAC). The first game of the evening is set for 4 p.m. PT and commences a 15-game home stand for the Cardinal.
Unable to bounce back from 64-56 overtime defeat by Utah (13-9, 4-6 Pac-12) on Thursday, men's basketball crumbled in Colorado on Saturday.