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Basketball round table: Tightening the screws

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.

Men’s basketball out-muscles the Portland State Vikings

Last night, in their first home contest since their season opener against Seattle, the Stanford men’s basketball team (4-3) claimed a hard-fought victory against Portland State (3-3) by a score of 79-67. A close contest characterized by turnovers and personal fouls, Stanford finally pulled away with eight minutes remaining in the second half, thanks to strong performances from the entire team.

Basketball breakdown: Big players, even bigger nicknames

“Pluto is not a planet, but I am”  -Shaquille ‘The Big Shamrock’ O’Neal

Despite the layers of Stanford issued sweats, fancy backpacks, and motorized bikes, athletes on the Farm are, for the most part, no different from anyone else. We all take the same mind-bending classes. We all devour (or suffer) the same dining hall food. We all wish we could sleep just a little bit longer in the mornings.