Cardinal men fade quickly from Pac-12 hoops spotlight


Washington scored the first 10 points and were ahead by 19 before Stanford made its first field goal of the contest, making for a long opening game at the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The Cardinal suffered a nearly nine-minute drought from the field and it never really got much better in a 91-68 loss to the Huskies, ending Stanford's regular season. Whether the Cardinal is able to defend its NIT title is not yet known.

Dorian Pickens
No matter what happens, Stanford can look at a roller coaster of a season that had as many peaks as valleys, leading to frustration as well as encouragement, disappointment as well as satisfaction.

Hindered by season-ending injuries to its starting point guard and power forward, Stanford muddled through the season the best it could and probably did well to finish at .500.

There's certainly an element of hope for the future. The Cardinal returns the entire roster, except for senior walk-on Ian Proulx, the Menlo-Atherton grad who appeared briefly in one game before enduring a season-ending injury of his own.

Rosco Allen is clearly the team's MVP, though he and several others could be in the running for Most Improved. Dorian Pickens probably showed the most growth from last year, but Marcus Allen, Michael Humphrey, Marcus Sheffield, Cameron Walker, Grant Verhoeven and others also had their moments during the year.

Stanford needs to expect nothing less than a good run into the NCAA tournament next season. Sophomores Robert Cartwright and Reid Travis should be completely healthy by the start of the next go-around and players like Christian Sanders, Malcolm Allen and Josh Sharma return with a valuable year of experience.

Humphrey hit a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half to break the field goal drought. Stanford was limited to five made free throws and was down, 24-5, before sinking a field goal.

Rosco Allen recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pickens led the way with 17 points and Marcus Allen had 13.

Stanford ended the regular season with five players averaging double-digits in scoring, including Travis, who averaged 12.8 through the first eight games. Rosco Allen recorded 194 rebounds, three more than Humphrey.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by DawkinsDone
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

Please tell me this is enough to get Dawkins fired???!! And I don't want to hear about the injuries this year. He gets outcoached every season in the 2nd half. His teams get worse while others get better. I don't care about finishing 65th best (aka the NIT champion). Stanford has a higher standard and Dawkins isn't cutting it. Seems like a really nice guy, but that's not enough.

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Posted by DawkinsNotDone
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on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Not just season ending injuries (of his top 2 players) but also a suspension of his starting point guard (for the past 3 games). And Dawkins' teams do not get worse in the 2nd half. In his last five P12 seasons (including this year) Dawkins has finished with a worse W-L record in the 2nd half of conference play only once (last season). And he capped that year off with 5 straight wins in the NIT.

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Posted by DawkinsISDone
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Same old song and dance from a delusional Dawkins supporter. Let's look at this season.
Jan 1 - beat Utah in OT 70-68, Jan 30 - lose at Utah 96-74
Jan 3 - lose a close one to Colorado 56-55, Jan 27 - get blown out 91-75
Jan 6 - beat Oregon St 78-72, Feb 11 - lose 62-50
Jan 14 - beat Cal 77-71 (always nice to beat Cal), Feb 6 - blown out 76-61
Jan 21 - play well and kept the game tight until midway thru 2nd half against Arizona, but lose 71-57, March 5 - embarrassing rout 94-62
Jan 23 - beat Ariz St 75-73, March 3 - lose 74-64

Yes, they did have a nice win over Oregon in the 2nd half. And the win over USC was quality. I'm not going to say the UCLA win in the 2nd half was all that great since UCLA faded off the map.
But during yesterday's trouncing at the hands of Washington clearly showed what good coaches can do with their teams. So you think his teams don't fade in the 2nd half? I can paint the same picture in many other recent seasons... facts are facts.

Stanford will continue to lose recruits who don't want to be part of a mediocre system. It's time for a change.

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