Some of the entries on this list may surprise readers, but those who have followed the game won’t be shocked at which squad is No. 1 on this list. And who knew that the local universities have won a combined four NCAA tournament titles? Only the diehard fans in the Bay Area!
Perhaps success has spoiled the longtime fans of the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team, but it’s a surprise to see the team ranked just 19th in the Associated Press poll and 20th in the Coaches Poll at this point in the season. What chance do the Cardinal have in the women’s NCAA Tournament?
Bay Area residents generally don’t think of St. Mary’s College in Moraga as being a basketball powerhouse, but the Gaels basketball team is on the verge of making the NCAA Championship Tournament for the fifth time in eight seasons if they can make a good showing this week in the West Coast Conference tournament.
It’s a down year for the Pac-12 in men’s basketball, as the conference is the “worst” of the Big Five this year, and when you throw in the basketball-only Big East Conference, the Pac-12 looks even worse in league comparisons. That hurts a borderline NCAA Tournament team like Stanford and absolutely pains a long-shot squad like Cal.
The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team lost to the Oregon Ducks at home Sunday night by a score of 73-70, and that leaves the team with an 18-10 record this year—including just 9-7 in Pac-12 play with a road trip to Arizona looming at the end of the week. The Cardinal will need at least one win in their final two conference games to secure a winning league record, a key mark for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 9 UCLA’s hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory Friday.
Amber Orrange made a go-ahead jumper with 1:38 left in overtime and the tying 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, sending No. 6 Stanford to an 88-86 victory against top-ranked Connecticut to snap the Huskies’ 47-game winning streak Monday night.
Travis Wilson ended the defensive stalemate with a brief burst of offense in the second overtime, throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Scott to send No. 25 Utah to a 20-17 win over Stanford on Saturday night.
Kevin Hogan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and No. 25 Stanford slowed down Connor Halliday and the Air Raid offense in a 34-17 victory over Washington State on Friday night.
Andre Heidari kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining, J.R. Tavai forced a fumble to end Stanford’s comeback bid and No. 14 Southern California held off the No. 13 Cardinal 13-10 Saturday.