As quickly as it began, the end of college basketball is nearly upon us, as the Stanford teams make the final turn into their final five (four for the women) games of the season and gear up for whatever tournaments they wind up in come March. The Stanford teams went a combined total of 4-0 against the Southern California teams this weekend, with the women rebounding from some rough patches and the men continuing to improve. But what does the future truly hold for both of these teams? The Daily’s King Jemison, Daniel Martinez-Krams and Asia Zhang pull out their crystal balls and weigh in on the men’s recent successes, the women’s performances against top national talent and the slim, slim chances for the men to make March Madness.
After taking on the Oregon teams this past weekend, Stanford men’s and women’s basketball move on to a slate of USC and UCLA, as the two squads attempt to maintain their positions in the Pac-12.
In a heartbreaking loss to No. 5 Georgia (6-0) on Monday morning in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the No. 1 Stanford women’s tennis team’s 25-match winning streak dating back to February 24, 2018 was finally broken. The Cardinal now has a season record of 5-1, and had taken down No. 18 LSU (4-0) and No. 6 Texas (4-3) on Friday and Sunday in the first round and quarterfinals before falling to Georgia in the semifinals on Monday.
No. 9 Stanford men’s volleyball (7-4, 0-1 MPSF) dropped a five set decision in their conference opener against No. 4 UCLA (9-2, 1-0) last night, extending the Cardinal slide to three losses in a row.
The Stanford men’s and women’s tennis teams take on top opponents this weekend after a week of preparation back on campus.
Tonight No. 9 Stanford men’s volleyball (7-3, 0-0 MPSF) travels to Los Angeles to take on No. 4 University of California, Los Angeles (8-2, 0-0 MPSF) for both team’s first conference game of the season. The Cardinal enter the game on a two-game losing-streak after dropping a double-header in Hawaii and must bounce back quickly to remain relevant this season.
The No. 9 ranked Cardinal men’s tennis team (4-1) took its first loss of the season this past Saturday to the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) in a crushing 1-6 rout. The loss represented Stanford’s largest margin of loss since April 2016’s hammering by USC.
Despite their third consecutive loss to Pac-12 competition in Friday’s Pink Night — a meet intended to raise awareness for breast cancer — No. 24 women’s gymnastics showed improvement on the beam and floor, two events head coach Tabitha Yim said the team fell short on in last week’s meet against No. 3 UCLA.