Stanford bounced out of Pac-12 tourney

By Jeremy Harness

AP photo: Stanford’s Marcus Allen (3)  leaps around Washington forward Milik Dime (10) during Wednesday night’s game

After a promising start to the Pac-12 season, the losses continued to pile up for Stanford’s basketball team as the season wound down and never got any better.

Stanford basketball team’s season came to a thudding end Wednesday afternoon, as the ninth-seeded Cardinal were pounded into submission by Washington, 91-68, in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament that took Stanford out of any hope of a miraculous run to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

While the Cardinal head home, the eighth-seeded Huskies will now face No. 1 Oregon in the second round on Thursday. 

Washington shot out to a 50-22 lead at halftime and was never threatened at all throughout the game.

The biggest problem for Stanford was that they simply could not shoot the ball at all. The Cardinal made only 38 percent of their shots from the field, including making only three of their 21 shots from 3-point territory. Stanford also made only 61 percent of their free throws.

Washington, meanwhile, converted on 50 percent of their field-goal attempts and held advantages in virtually every category.

This could very well be the final year for Johnny Dawkins as Stanford’s head coach. With the exception of the Cardinal’s run to the Sweet 16 of the Big Dance two years ago as well as the NIT title run two years before that, Dawkins’ tenure has been largely underwhelming.

The state of the basketball program has gotten progressively worse, and it would be hard-pressed for Stanford to have very much more patience in Dawkins, who has been on the hot seat for three years now.


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