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.
Even with all the pre-season hype surrounding Stanford basketball’s highly-touted freshman class, this is still Reid Travis’ team. The senior forward reminded everyone just how good he was last year, kicking off his senior season with a 24-point performance as Stanford was able to fight off a scrappy Chico State team in its 91-81 exhibition victory…
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.
Stanford men’s basketball certainly did not have the season it wanted to when head coach Jerod Haase first stepped on the Farm last year. The Cardinal ended up 10th in the Pac-12 with a 14-17 overall record and a 6-12 conference record.
As the college basketball season approaches, two Stanford men’s basketball players were named to preseason watchlists by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Senior forward Reid Travis was honored with being named one of the 20 players on the watchlist for the Karl Malone award, given to the best power forward in college basketball, while senior forward Michael Humphrey was chosen for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar watch list, which honors the nation’s top center each year.
Stanford Men’s Basketball (14-16, 6-12 Pac-12) will look to improve their case for any semblance of a postseason tournament bid when kicking off the Pac-12 men’s basketball championship tournament against the Arizona State Sun Devils (14-17, 7-11 Pac-12) on Wednesday in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Six Colorado players scored in double figures and the Buffaloes, behind effective ball movement and a strong shooting performance, managed to run away from Stanford in the second half after outscoring them 16-5 run in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the half.