All eyes will be on the Stanford Cardinal basketball teams as the month winds down and March Madness heats up. Thanks to our good friend Grant Avalon, we’ve been in touch with what it’s going to take to see the men’s team make the 2020 NCAA Tournament and after a promising win against Colorado, the men have two games against the Oregons to show their worth before the Pac-12 Championships.
With basketball on the forefront, we take a look at what’s Currently Cardinal in the news for March 3, 2020:
The Cardinal were well represented on the Pac-12 All-Conference honors announced on Tuesday, placing six different women’s basketball players across each honor. Lexie Hull and Kiana Williams, the guard duo who started all 30 games for Stanford this season, each earned All Pac-12 honors as Hull also earned All-Defensive first-team. Guard Lacie Hull and forward Nadia Fingall were selected to the all-defensive honorable mention as was Williams and freshman Francesca Belibi and Ashten Prechtel earned honorable mention on the all-freshman team.
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Now that we’re two days past the guide being released and have some data on certain aspects listed — you should still check it out because the Bubble Guide has incredible depth — we take a look at the bubble competitors results from the last time we checked in: Cincinnati: lost to Houston; Georgetown: lost to Xavier; Indiana: lost to Illinois; Minnesota: lost to Wisconsin; Rhode Island: lost to Saint Louis; NC State: lost to Duke; Wichita State: won vs SMU; Xavier: won vs Georgetown. As the guide stated, there were roughly nine spots for 22 bubble teams and with Stanford defeating Colorado and six of those teams taking a loss, the arrow is still trending up for the Cardinal.
In what shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve followed Stanford at all for what feels like the past three decades, you know the women’s swim & dive team is incredible. In fact, no other team has pulled off a four-peat since the Cardinal won 13 (!!) straight titles from 87-99. What stood out this season was just how dominant they were over the rest of the conference.
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Stanford finds themselves squarely involved in some of the conference’s finest action to watch for the remainder of the winter sports season. From women’s basketball assuredly securing a No. 2 seed in the tournament to the men’s gymnastics team on their way to a likely repeat as national champions, the Cardinal are featured heavily in the sports to watch through March and into April.
It hasn’t been pretty to start the young baseball season but the Cardinal took their series against Grand Canyon with an 8-2 victory on Sunday. They’ll have to hope for more outings like this from pitcher Alex Williams, who allowed just three hits and had five strikeouts in five innings pitched, as well as their bats who came alive early with three runs in the first that all but sealed the third game, and the series.
For the second time this year, Tyrell Terry was nabbed as the conference’s freshman basketball player of the week for his efforts. In helping the Cardinal reach 20 wins, Terry averaged 19.5 points per game and did so with an incredible 50% shooting from the field. The future is very bright for Terry and if he keeps it up, the Cardinal are going to make some waves in the tournament.
The Stanford women’s track team is currently ranked No. 8 in the country and they put on a show at the distance events, most notably the mile where Ella Donaghu, Jessica Lawson and Jordan Oakes finished first, second and third, respectively, in the women’s mile. The Stanford runners finished with times of 4:34.85 for Donaghu, 4:36.06 for Lawson and 4:37.69 for Oakes.
The campus of Stanford University will once again hold the Nike Track & Field Camp of Champions and the Nike Cross Country Camp of Champions as they announced the dates for this year’s events to be June 29-July 3.