The task is straightforward but not simple: The Stanford men’s basketball team has to win two games in the Pac-12 Tournament in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal put themselves in this position by losing seven of their last 10 games.
We’re just days from Selection Sunday and it’s looking more and more like the Wildcats and Badgers will be in the same region in the NCAA Tournament. We discuss that plus Murray State’s heartbreaking loss, Davidson’s rise, in addition to a visit from Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.
For the San Diego State Aztecs, one of their key components to another winning campaign has been the play of senior forward JJ O’Brien. Even though you won’t find the California native leading the team in points per game, his contributions have shown up in a number of other key stats and displays on the hardwood.
It’s the most exciting time of year for college basketball fans. Some of the smaller conferences have wrapped up their tournaments, while the bigger leagues’ are set to begin.
The Stanford University women’s basketball team improved to 38-3 in the Pac-10/Pac-12 conference tournament all time, as the Cardinal defeated Bay Area rivals California in the final of the league championship event. The Golden Bears led at halftime, but they couldn’t hold off Stanford in the second half.
Both the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal lost their second matchup in three days with Arizona schools in Pac-12 play, and now it’s unlikely either team will make the NCAA Tournament—barring a miraculous run in the upcoming Pac-12 conference tournament.
It was a rough day for the three Bay Area schools in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament: St. Mary’s College, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco all lost in the quarterfinals—with both SCU and USF putting up valiant efforts against top teams.
The University of San Francisco men’s basketball team won its opening-round game of the West Coast Conference Tournament, and now the Dons will face top-seeded Gonzaga in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in both major media polls this year with their 29-2 record. It would be a major upset if USF managed to beat Gonzaga.
Santa Clara joined San Francisco as the two winners in the first-round West Coast Conference tournament, and now both Bay Area teams get to take on giants Saturday in Las Vegas. The Broncos get to face the Brigham Young Cougars, while the Dons play the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Both local teams will be big underdogs, but that’s why they play the games. After all, anything can—and often does—happen in college basketball and March Madness.
Alec Peters is not just a scorer. The 6’9” forward proved that in the first half of Valparaiso’s regular season finale against Cleveland State, passing out of double teams and attempting just two shots.