Two-seed No. 7 Stanford left Las Vegas with hardware and a net after a 64-57 victory over one seed No. 6 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.
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.
Closing out the regular season, Stanford women’s basketball (25-4, 15-3 Pac-12) demolished Washington (9-20, 2-15 Pac-12) at Alaska Airlines Arena yesterday. To a silent crowd of 2760, the 72-53 result marked Stanford’s sixth consecutive win after losing horribly to the apparently indomitable No. 3 Oregon (27-3, 16-2 Pac-12). As the Cardinal head into the quarterfinals, this recent flurry of wins has placed the squad back at a desired tempo.
As quickly as it began, the end of college basketball is nearly upon us, as the Stanford teams make the final turn into their final five (four for the women) games of the season and gear up for whatever tournaments they wind up in come March. The Stanford teams went a combined total of 4-0 against the Southern California teams this weekend, with the women rebounding from some rough patches and the men continuing to improve. But what does the future truly hold for both of these teams? The Daily’s King Jemison, Daniel Martinez-Krams and Asia Zhang pull out their crystal balls and weigh in on the men’s recent successes, the women’s performances against top national talent and the slim, slim chances for the men to make March Madness.
In a weekend of highs and lows, the Stanford women’s basketball team (19-4, 9-3 Pac-12) dominated the No. 7 ranked Oregon State Beavers (20-4, 10-2) in an upset victory on Friday night before being dissected by the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (23-1, 12-0) on Sunday. The Cardinal walked all over the Beavers, winning 61-44, but were obliterated by the Ducks, falling 84-44. This loss marked the first time the team has been beaten by 40 points since 1985.
It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Stanford basketball. Despite a 2-1 record overall, the teams showed inconsistency against their rivals, the Berkeley Golden Bears. The men went to the last second against Cal, winning on a reversed call by the Pac-12 refs. This would ordinarily be cause to celebrate, except that they almost gave Cal their first win in the Pac-12 this year, and allowed them to break a nine game losing streak. The women went a step farther and dropped a game to unranked Cal on the road, causing their ranking to fall out of the NCAA’s top ten. As the schedules reach a particularly difficult curve for both teams, it’s time for both groups to tighten the screws and clean up their gameplay. The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams and Stephen Ren share their thoughts on the Oregon teams visiting the Farm, the men’s big men woes, and the women’s recent shift out of utter dominance.
Stanford women’s basketball is having its best season in years, only dropping two games and dominating opponents at all levels of the game. Stanford men’s basketball has been far more up and down, but still has a .500 record on the year, and continues to show promise on the floor. But both teams still have large questions looming over their seasons, questions that will need to be answered before the year is over. The Daily’s Sally Egan, Bobby Pragada, and Andrew Tan take a stab at answering some of those questions, weighing in on the men’s chemistry with and without KZ Okpala, the women’s quickly vanishing bench depth, and the way each of the Cardinal seasons seem to be playing out.
For just the second time this season, the No. 6 ranked Stanford women’s basketball team (17-2, 7-1 PAC-12) failed to look like an unstoppable force of nature, escaping Colorado 80-69 on Friday before falling to No. 21 Utah on Sunday by a score of 68-75. This was Stanford’s first loss in 11 games and their first loss to a Pac-12 foe.