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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: Schedule overview

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.