Stanford men hope to cage the Cougars in Pac-12 hoops


The Stanford men's basketball team could use a victory right about now. After opening the season 8-4, the Cardinal has lost four straight. Even worse, those are conference losses.

Stanford (8-8, 0-4 in the Pac-12) gets that chance Thursday night when Washington State (9-4, 2-1) visits for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Dorian Pickens
Reid Travis, Stanford's leading scorer and rebounder, remains out indefinitely with a right shoulder injury. Michael Humphrey has taken over and seems to be taking advantage of a second chance in the starting lineup.

In Stanford's 89-75 loss to host UCLA on Sunday, Humphrey set a career-high with 27 points and came within a rebound of matching his career-high, grabbing 14 for his first double-double of the season.

Marcus Sheffield looks to regain the touch that led to a career-high 35 points against Arizona State. He's started five straight and is joined by Marcus Allen, who also returned to the starting lineup.

Dorian Pickens, the only Cardinal to have started all 16 games thus far, has hit 14 3-pointers in the last five games and is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.1. Humphrey ranks second to Travis in rebounding with a 5.1 average.

Stanford has won six of its last seven games against the Cougars. Washington State last won at Stanford six years ago, when Klay Thompson was wearing the Cougars uniform.


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