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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.

Basketball round table: Asking the tough questions

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.

Men’s basketball delivers second-half explosion to overcome Buffaloes

A massive second half by Stanford (10-10, 3-5 Pac-12) stopped Colorado (11-8, 2-5 Pac-12) in their tracks as the Cardinal left Maples with a 75-62 victory. With sophomore forward KZ Okpala held scoreless in the first half, it was a big night for sophomore forward Oscar da Silva, who went scoreless in Thursday’s loss to Utah, that kept the Cardinal in the game.

Men’s basketball drops one, wins one on Washington road trip

In their quest for a set of conference wins on the road, the Cardinal set out this past weekend to the Pacific Northwest for their first pair of showdowns against the Washington schools. After a disappointing performance against the Washington Huskies (14-4, 5-0) on Thursday, Stanford men’s basketball (9-9, 2-4 Pac-12) rebounded against the Washington State Cougars (8-10, 1-4) on Saturday for their second Pac-12 victory.

Men’s basketball round table: Progressing in the Pac-12

Stanford men’s basketball grabbed their first Pac-12 victory of the year on Saturday, with a dominant performance against Arizona State. After the game, sophomore forward KZ Okpala said the following: “We’re ready now. We know what we can do, we know we can beat any team. We’re ready.” Prepared to go on a run, the Cardinal will visit Seattle on Thursday to take on Washington. The Daily’s Michael Espinosa, Stephen Ren, and Bobby Pragada share their thoughts on the statement win, the next man up for the Cardinal, and what needs to be done against the Huskies.

Cardinal notch first Pac-12 win over Arizona State

Coming off a close, disappointing loss to the Arizona Wildcats at home last Wednesday, Stanford men’s basketball (8-8, 1-3 Pac-12) had their backs against the wall, staring down the barrel of losing four straight in the Pac-12. In a must-win contest, the Cardinal took on the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-5, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon, and powered through to claim a 85-71 upset victory. With their first win in the Pac-12 coming in such a dominant fashion, the Cardinal men proved that despite their slow start, they are a legitimate force in the conference.