The line of demarcation between ranked teams and unranked teams was further crystallized for Stanford today in Eugene. Stanford put up the game’s first five points in 1:28, and then the Ducks proceeded to demolish the Cardinal the rest of the way with an MO that has proven consistently successful vs. Stanford. An avalanche of first-half three pointers buried a Stanford team playing without Reid Travis and ended in a 69-52 Duck victory, the 16th consecutive for Dana Altman’s team.
Without Travis, Stanford was gonna need a monstrous performance from Michael Humphrey and instead it got one of his least impactful. Humphrey fouled out in 18 minutes after scoring four points on 2-7 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. Fellow big man Josh Sharma fouled out as well, leaving Grant Verhoeven and Trevor Stanback to combat the likes of Oregon’s Chris Boucher, and that went about as well as you’d predict.
Nevertheless, it was the perimeter were Oregon settled the game decisively. The Ducks hit six of their first eight three point attempts, on their way to 11-25 for the game. Stanford made some late threes to make the margin in this category closer, but the Ducks’ +15 from beyond the arc pretty much tells the story of this game. Stanford finished 6-20 from the three-point line.
Junior Robert Cartwright has hit a bid of a skid from distance. After going 5-7 against Washington State, Cartwright has missed his last 10 threes over the past three games. Dorian Pickens and Marcus Sheffield combined to go 4-8 from behind the line, but it just wasn’t enough against Oregon.
Marcus Allen led Stanford with 13 points on 6-12 shooting, as his recent uptick in play continued. The aforementioned Chris Boucher had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Ducks, along Dylan Ennis who had 15. Oregon didn’t miss Dillon Brooks, who like Travis also missed the game.
Stanford comes home for a week of practice before going to Berkeley to take on Cal in what now clearly stands as a swing game for the Cardinal’s prospects this season. Debate all you want about this team’s ceiling, but a win in Berkeley would really set Stanford up for the best possible season (presuming Travis returns), while a loss could set the team back into a tailspin.
There are better days ahead for Stanford, but those better days are still a ways away, a fact the Ducks hammered home today in Eugene.