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Men’s basketball roundtable: Can the Cardinal turn around slow start?

Stanford, right now, has no shot at beating UNC. The Cardinal just lost to an Eastern Washington team that hadn’t beaten a Pac-12 school in 15 years. They cannot break the zone defenses that every team has trotted out to counter their offense. Reid Travis and Robert Cartwright have played well but the perimeter offense and defense has been trouble once again for the Cardinal. Opposing guards are able to penetrate off the bounce and draw fouls or kick it to the open man for an open three point shot.

Men’s basketball stunned by Eastern Washington

Maybe it was the impending matchup with North Carolina next Monday. Maybe it was the absence of injured leaders Dorian Pickens and Marcus Sheffield. Or perhaps it was the quick turnaround after Sunday’s victory. Whatever the reason, the Stanford men’s basketball team (2-1) looked lethargic and sloppy in an ugly 67-61 loss to Eastern Washington (2-1) at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday.

Men’s basketball preview: Frontcourt

Last year, Stanford leaned heavily on the frontcourt for offensive production, and though the offense will look different this year, the forwards and centers will still be a critical part of Stanford’s game plan on both ends of the court. The Cardinal return preseason All-Pac-12 First Team selection Reid Travis and a host of other veteran contributors, while also introducing a talented group of newcomers.