Stanford struggled at times Thursday against an undersized #16 seed and were forced to play stretches of "small" minutes in their lineup. You would like to see your size advantage inside instead dominate and dictate play, forcing the opponent to make adjustments. Given some upcoming opponents with similarly small rosters, it is time to explore the question of what happens to Stanford's inside game when they face smaller opposition...
March 19, 2004
For the 10th straight year, Stanford has won its opening round game of the NCAA Tournament, and the 71-45 final score might bring a smile to your face. But players and coaches have no grins on their collective visage after the dominant defensive performance against UT-San Antonio, given a slew of turnovers, aligator-arm rebounding and unbalanced offense. Josh Childress carried the scoring load with 26...
March 18, 2004
All year there has been talk from Mike Montgomery and his players about winning a Pac-10 Championship. That goal was secured weeks ago, with an unprecedented advantage over conference competitors. But when Stanford went to L.A. this weekend, there was a very real and serious focus on winning the Pac-10 tourney title. The Card did just that in impressive fashion Saturday, in all facets of the game with a 77-66 win over Washington...
March 14, 2004
Chris Hernandez did not have the offensive surge this evening, and he turned his ankle to make matters worse. The three-point shots did not fall in the first half, while lay-ups routinely rimmed out. Josh Childress was hot, then cold, and Rob Little went to the bench with quick fouls. Justin Davis was in a funk. It looked bad. Then a 47-point second half surge turned the ship around for Stanford for a tough 70-63 semifinal win over Oregon.
March 13, 2004
The Pac-10 Tournament has been like a four-letter word to Stanford fans, with first round slappings by USC each of the last two years. Unmotivated and disgruntled about the money-grubbing event, the Card have not fared well at the Staples Center - until today. The #1 seed Cardinal handled #8 seed Washington State in a smooth 68-47 win that featured the highly anticipated return of Justin Davis...
March 11, 2004
We reported to you earlier today via <i>Hot News</i> that Stanford fifth-year senior power forward Justin Davis is back in practices this week, and that this afternoon's workout would be a critical test for him. Upon speaking with the team trainer immediately after the practice concluded, we now believe that Davis will take the floor Thursday for Stanford's opening game of the Pac-10 Tournament...
March 9, 2004