After suffering a disappointing 61-67 loss to Eastern Washington last Tuesday, the Stanford Cardinal (3-1) may have hoped for a few weaker opponents as they try to regain their footing. Instead, next Monday they host No. 9 North Carolina (2-0), the defending national champions and one of the most talented teams in the country.
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.
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.
It wasn’t always pretty but Stanford men’s basketball (2-0) started its season with a 78-62 victory over Cal Poly (0-2) and a 89-80 win over Pacific (0-1) at home over the weekend.
On his way to the Stanford media room for the first time, Daejon Davis is all smiles. He waves to every staff member he walks past. He pokes his head into the sports trainer’s office. “Get ready for what’s coming!” he says, laughing. Allegedly, the friendly players-versus-staff wiffle ball matches can get pretty intense. To…
Reid Travis led Stanford in both scoring and rebounding last season, and is widely considered one of the best big men in the conference. Although he has already gotten much attention from Pac-12 coaches, players and fans, will Travis find more of the national spotlight this season?
The Stanford men’s basketball team had a brutal schedule last year and didn’t fare too well against some of college basketball’s top programs. The good news? The Cardinal should be better this season, thanks to a highly-touted freshman class and the return of four starters from last year’s team. The bad news? Their schedule this year may be even tougher than last year’s, including a visit to the Farm from the defending national champions. Other nonconference matchups against highly-ranked opponents also loom large for a Cardinal team that has big expectations, but also many obstacles standing in their way of going dancing in March.
The backcourt, unlike the frontcourt, has an air of uncertainty on who will start or how the rotations will look like. Senior guard Dorian Pickens appears to be the mainstay unless head coach Jerod Haase decides to put him at the small forward position but his main position will be at shooting guard.