Men’s basketball’s sophomore forward Kezie “KZ” Okpala officially declared his eligibility for the NBA draft on Wednesday night, submitting his name to the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Okpala, whose name has been tossed around in lottery-pick mock drafts all season, has the chance to be the first Stanford player drafted in the lottery since Robin and Brook Lopez in 2008.
In the final game of the 2018-2019 regular season, Stanford men’s basketball (15-15, 8-10 Pac-12) took a hard fought loss to the Cal Golden Bears (8-22, 3-15) in Maples Pavilion, ending the year with a 1-1 split of the Bay Area rivalry in one of the strangest games of the season. The Cardinal missed 21 straight three-point shots and trailed by as many as 21 points before making four consecutive deep balls to cut the lead to three. Stanford fought impossibly hard down the stretch only to have the win elude them in the very guts of the game, as Berkeley won 64-59.
Stanford, Cal and a winning record are on the line — not all three will make it out of Maples on Senior Night Thursday, as the Cardinal (15-14, 8-9 Pac-12) look to rebound from Sunday’s rare, one-point home loss at the paws of the conference-leading Washington Huskies (23-6, 14-2 Pac-12).
There’s only one game left in the regular season for the Stanford basketball teams, when the men take on Berkeley this Thursday in Maples Pavilion. With postseason play kicking off, the nationally ranked No. 7 women have a spot in the NCAA tournament locked down, while the men head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament with a hope and a prayer. With the women kicking off play this weekend, and the men starting up next week, The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams, Mark Lu, and King Jemison take a look at the Pac-12 chances of both teams, and the possible tournament MVPs from the coming weekends.
As rain poured outside Maples Sunday afternoon, thunder roared within the stadium. In a game that came down to the very last play, the Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team (15-14, 8-9 Pac-12) ultimately fell 62-61 to the No. 25 ranked Washington Huskies (22-7, 13-3).
Reeling from back-to-back losses of more than 15 points each, Stanford men’s basketball (14-13, 7-8 Pac-12) will look to bounce back against conference bottom-feeder Washington State (11-16, 4-10 Pac-12) when the Cougars come to Maples at 6 p.m. Thursday for the first game in Stanford’s season-closing, three-game home stand.
Stanford men’s basketball (14-13, 7-8 Pac-12) came up short once again, falling 70-54 to Arizona (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12) and dashing any hopes of postseason berths. It was the Cardinal’s nineteenth straight defeat at the hands of the Wildcats.
With just four games remaining in conference play this season, the Stanford men’s basketball team (14-12, 7-7 Pac-12) heads to Tucson, AZ, this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. to take on the Arizona Wildcats (14-12, 5-8 Pac-12).