**We could use some help covering Stanford Men’s and Women’s Basketball.**
I attended the entirety of both games this week and came away with two losses. Maybe, I’m bad luck for Stanford, but I doubt it. In both games, the Cardinal fought hard without their best player, Reid Travis, but were ultimately outmatched. Stanford never really stood a chance against USC and UCLA.
On Thursday night, I was driving over to the Galen Center expecting a close game, but on the way over, I got the news that Reid Travis was out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. I then texted my USC buddy going to the game, “Stanford has no chance.” Without Reid Travis, Stanford played well in the first half and even led at one point, but in the second half, USC ran away with the game. Stanford gave it their all and locked down on defense by holding USC to 72 points, but the Cardinal struggled to knock down shots without Reid Travis controlling the paint. In the game, Stanford was constantly playing catch up, and they lost 72-56.
Stanford beat UCLA 45-41...in the second half; unfortunately, their first half put themselves into a deep hole. Against UCLA, I was pleasantly surprised by how Stanford played. UCLA is a legit team that could potentially win in March, and I was worried Stanford would be embarrassed. Early in the game, Lonzo Ball and UCLA went up big, and Stanford looked like they had a long game ahead. Michael Humphrey and Robert Cartwright would not let that happen; both players stepped up. Humphrey scored 27 points and collected 14 rebounds. Cartwright scored 18 points and had nine assists. Still, their efforts were not enough, and Stanford lost 89-75.
Not many people expected Stanford to win this week since USC and UCLA are both top teams. Moving forward, if Stanford can play like they did against UCLA, they might start winning again. Stanford looks to snap their four game losing streak next week at home versus Washington State.
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