With an important Arizona road trip looming for Stanford men’s basketball this week, Stanford head coach Jerod Haase addressed the media on Tuesday to discuss the status of the team and the game against Arizona on Thursday.
Ten seconds left. Cardinal up two. Washington State Cougars Sophomore Malachi Flynn, who has torched Stanford with 14 second-half points, brings the ball across the timeline as freshman Kezie Okpala tightly reacts to his every move. 4, 3, 2, yells the crowd. Flynn dances, and Okpala prematurely retreats into the paint. The guard steps back and fires. Short. Card take down Cougars, 86-84.
Senior forward Reid Travis had been a bit dormant for a few games, but on Thursday against Washington (18-10, 8-7), Travis erupted for a career-high 33 points to elevate Stanford men’s basketball (15-13, 9-6) to a dominant 94-78 victory in Maples Pavilion.
Rivalry games are always weird. Both teams want that “W” just a little more, and there’s an added degree of scrutiny from inside and outside the program. The result is that the favorite ends up playing with a lot more pressure. They’re playing not to lose. Meanwhile, the underdog has nothing to lose. Yes, Stanford has struggled with Cal this season.
Stanford men’s basketball (14-13, 8-6 Pac-12) can get a step closer to that goal Thursday, when it battles the Washington Huskies (18-9, 8-6 Pac-12) for sole possession of fifth place in the conference. The top-four Pac-12 teams will receive a bye in the conference tournament.
Rivalries seem to bring the best out of their competitors. Games that on paper shouldn’t be close are much more competitive than they would be otherwise. Unfortunately for the Cardinal this means that Cal (8-19, 2-12), the worst team in the Pac-12, plays its best games against its Bay Area neighbor, including a victory against the Cardinal in Maples back in December.
After starting conference play with a 5-1 record, Stanford men’s basketball has lost five out of the last seven games to slip to sixth in the Pac-12. What have been the reasons for the Cardinal’s slump?
Another loss on the road, another subpar offensive performance for the Cardinal.
Stanford men’s basketball (13-13, 7-6 Pac-12) has now lost five of its last seven games with its 64-56 defeat to Colorado (15-10, 7-6) in Boulder on Sunday afternoon.