Stanford Cardinal/March Madness podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal No.2 to meet No.11 Missouri State on Saturday for round three

Stanford Cardinal guard Anna Wilson sets up to hit a three pointer against Oklahoma State Cowgirls during round two of the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio TX on Tue Mar 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 The Stanford women will meet the Missouri State Lady Bears this Saturday March 27th in the Sweet 16 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The Cardinal are coming off two straight big wins against Utah Valley State and more recently Oklahoma State how much will momentum be a factor for Stanford going into Saturday’s action.

#2 The Cardinal are moving into their third round but they’ve been considered a heavy favorite going into the tournament and no really doubts what they can do here in March Madness.

#3 Jerry, talk about the plays, the strategy the work that Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer takes going into Saturday’s game against Missouri.

#4 For VanDerveer a career March Madness Tournament win loss record of 60-23. Oddsmakers say this should be the Stanford women’s year to get and win the Final Four and VanDerveer is the coach that can get them there.

#5 Jerry, the Cardinal are getting some top scoring from guard Haley Jones, guard Kiana Williams, forward Cameron Brink, and guard Ann Wilson all whom finished in double figures in their last game against Oklahoma State.

Jerry will do the Stanford Cardinal podcasts throughout the March Madness Tournament each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal Advance in NCAA Women’s Basketball; Defeat Oklahoma State 73-62

Guard Kiana Williams (23) of the Stanford Cardinal takes a shot over Oklahoma State guard Neferatali Notoa in the second half of the second round at San Antonio Tx of the NCAA Tournament (AP News photo)

 Stanford Cardinal Advance in NCAA Women’s Basketball

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the No.1 seeded Stanford Cardinal took on No.8 Oklahoma State in the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament. Stanford advanced to the second round via a dominating win over 16-seed Utah Valley 87-44.

Oklahoma State earned a spot in the second round beating No. 9 seed Wake Forest 84-61 giving them a shot at upsetting the number one seed and playing in the sweet sixteen. Only losing two regular season games the Cardinal would be tough to get by, even to a determined Oklahoma State, which they managed to do with a 73-62 win to advance to the next round on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma State did not get off to the best start but they more than made up for it trailing by a single point as the first quarter came to an end 17-16. Making up a 8-0 deficit in the early goings they came on strong in the waning minutes of the quarter.

Stanford extinguished the fire that Oklahoma State had finished the first quarter with leading at the half 42-27. The Cardinal had come unleashed in the second quarter denying any chance for the Cowgirls to get back in this game. After two quarters the Cardinal Anna Wilson led the scoring with 11 points and Kiana Williams had nine points to finish the half.

Stanford took up right where they left off in the first half taking a hefty lead in the third quarter. They were on fire from deep, hitting 11 of 15 mid-way through the quarter. As the quarter came to an end the Cowgirls pulled off a 10-0 run getting to within ten points after trailing by 20.

Going into the fourth quarter Stanford led by the score of 50-61. When it looked as if Stanford had taken complete control of the game Oklahoma State showed that they were capable of giving Stanford a lot of trouble.

Stanford had a bit of a letdown in the early minutes of the fourth quarter but always managed to come up with timely buckets to keep a significant lead and keeping Oklahoma State under control. The Cowgirls continued to fight trailing by 11 points as half of the final quarter had expired. Five minutes stood between the Cardinal and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

The number one overall seed; the Stanford Cardinal would advance for the 13th consecutive time. Stanfords’ Jones would finish the game with 17 points, Williams with 13, Wilson with 12 and Brink shooting 11.

Oklahoma State fought hard in this game, their high score coming from Notoa with 14 followed by Mack with 13.

Stanford will now take on the winner of Missouri State or Wright State in the Sweet Sixteen.

              

NCAA March Madness podcast with Michelle Richardson: Ewing, Hoyas get surprise loss to Colorado; FSU 10 pt win over UNCG; Stanford and Utah Valley women tip off tonight

March Madness 2021 is the topic for Michelle’s NCAA basketball podcast (photo from LA Times)

#1 The Georgetown Hoyas (13-13) were expected to big the favorites in their game against the Colorado Buffaloes (20-7) on Saturday but pulled off a convincing 96-73 win to the disappointment of Hoya’s head coach Patrick Ewing.

#2 The Florida State Seminoles (15-5) pulled off a 64-54 victory over the UNC Greensboro Spartans (18-8) The Seminoles RaiQuan Gray led the Seminoles in scoring with 17 points. The Seminoles have had a great season now advancing as they are playing for their sixth first round win.

#3 Women’s first round basketball Stanford Cardinal (25-2) No.1 seed will match up tonight against No.16 Utah Valley Wolverines (13-6). The Cardinal are coming in with a 14 game winning streak. The Cardinal have not lost a game since Jan 22 to UCLA 70-66. The Wolves had a six game win streak going until they lost to Grand Canyon in the WAC Tournament 57-54.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Join Michelle throughout March Madness for podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NCAA basketball podcast with Jeremy Kahn for Michelle Richardson: Women’s basketball– Maryland gets huge 20 pt win; Baylor takes an 11 pt win over Texas; West Virginia gets by OK State 59-50

The Maryland Terrapins Mimi Collins (2) makes every effort to hold onto the ball against the Iowa’s McKenna Warnock (14) and Monika Czinano (25) in the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Sat Mar 13, 2021 in Indianapolis (AP News photo)

On the NCAA basketball podcast with Jeremy Kahn for Michelle Richardson:

#1 The women’s game between Iowa No.6 and Maryland No.1 was a cliffhanger. Iowa lost to Maryland 104-84. The Terrapins Chloe Bibby was top scorer with 21 points.

#2 The Baylor lady Bears No.1 got a big win over the Texas Longhorns No.5 66-55. The leading scorer for the Bears NaLyssa Smith led Baylor with 21 points.

#3 West Virginia women defeated Oklahoma State 59-50. West Virginia’s Esmery Martinez led the way in scoring with 19 points followed up by Kysre Gondrezick with 17 points.

JJ’s predicted selections for the NCAA Women’s Final Four

Join Michelle Sundays for a look at NCAA basketball during March Madness at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Cal rallies only to fall short in 61-58 loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament

By Morris Phillips

A year after the onset of COVID-19, and the abrupt departure of sporting events across America, the mindsets of the Cal Bears and Colorado Buffaloes heading into their Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal had similar themes.

A year ago, the youthful Bears ended their season with a win–against rival Stanford no less–and the Buffaloes were left with the sour taste of an upset loss to 11th-seeded Washington State.

Great memories for Cal, bad memories for Colorado, and the overwhelming unlikelihood that both teams would leave Las Vegas this year with the same emotions.

Colorado, despite an awful start–and bunch of resistance from Cal–held on to beat the Bears, 61-58 and advance to the tournament semifinals against USC on Friday night.

“You got to figure out a way to win when you don’t play
your best, we did that tonight, and we weren’t at our best,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “And again Cal had a lot to do with that and I’ve got great respect for what Mark Fox is doing. They have had a rough year in terms of wins and losses, but, man, they have been in every game and tonight’s another example.”

“They didn’t give up and they made it hard on us.”

Remarkably, in the 23 years of the Pac-12 Tournament, only two 11th-seeded teams have managed to win games–Washington State last year against Colorado, and Cal in their opener on Wednesday also against Stanford. Given that, being 11th in the Pac-12 isn’t a harbinger for success, and it wasn’t again Thursday. After both teams waited an additional hour to hit the floor while USC and Utah battled through two overtimes, a sloppy game broke out. In the end, the Buffaloes’ defense reigned supreme, as they held Cal to 38 percent shooting and stopped leading scorer Matt Bradley dead in his tracks.

With Bradley shadowed by 6’3″ master defender Eli Parquet–along with a host of others providing double teams–Cal’s leader missed his first six shots as the Buffs built a double-digit lead with 11:41 remaining. Bradley would find some light down the stretch and finished with 10 points, but Colorado’s strategy was a success: take Bradley away, and force his teammates to respond, which never really happened.

“They trapped him on ball screens on the wings as well, and so we went to some isolations for him, and I thought that a couple times we didn’t come, on the pass out we didn’t come meet the ball,” coach Mark Fox said of the defense against Bradley. “I think that he finally got a little bit of rhythm in the second half. I probably played Matt… 38 minutes last night was a lot… and in hindsight I probably should have tried to save a couple minutes on him last night because I thought he looked a little fatigued today.”

“But I won’t be critical of our players. Execution in that situation wasn’t as clean as we wanted, but I thought our intent and our decision was the right way.”

Cal led for the game’s first 16 minutes after a 7-0 start to the game. But the Buffs missed good looks as often as Cal forced bad ones, best referenced by McKinley Wright IV’s poor start in which he missed six of his first seven shots. Once Jabari Walker converted a 3-point play, and 7’0″ Dallas Walton surprised everyone with a 3-point shot on the ensuing possession to put the Buffs up 20-16, they took control.

Cal trailed 61-52 with a 1:05 remaining, and then managed a desperation run in which Jalen Celestine scored six, quick points and Makale Foreman could have tied the game with a 3-point shot with five seconds to go. But Foreman ‘s shot bounced away and third-seeded Colorado survived.

“That’s his shot, he hits that shot all the time and when I see it I thought it was going to be good, obviously it didn’t go in but he shoots that shot all the time and that’s a shot that we like for him to take,” Grant Anticevich said of Foreman’s attempt to tie the game.

The Bears finish the season 9-20, their third 20-loss campaign in the last four years.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Stanford women No.1 ranked; Stanford men da Silva back but it just wasn’t enough as Cardinal fall way short

Stanford women’s head coach Tara VanDerveer holds the netting after the Cardinal beat UCLA on Sun Mar 8, 2021 as the Cardinal continue in the Pac 12 Tournament (photo from @GoStanfordWBB)

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 We’ll start off talking about women’s basketball Jerry, the Stanford women (25-2) got a big win over UCLA (16-5) on Sunday 75-55 a game that showed you what this team can do and why their ranked No. 1.

#2 Michaela Onyenwere last Sunday scored 30 points and has been a key part of the offense for the Stanford women.

#3 Turning to men’s basketball last night at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The Cal Bears played wire to wire against the Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal just couldn’t generate the kind of offense they’ve had in past games this season and it wasn’t even close in the loss 76-58.

#4 Oscar da Silva returned from the injured list and scored 12 points and Jaiden Delaire finished first in scoring with 14 but it was too little for Stanford to beat Cal.

#5 What’s has to be in store for Stanford head coach Jerod Haase he had a team that was good enough to compete, the da Silva injury hampered the team and now he’s going to have to look forward to getting some recruiting done in the off season.

Jerry Feitleberg did the Stanford Cardinal podcasts for the 2020-21 season and will return next Thursday on the Oakland A’s podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Bear Trap: Cal upsets Stanford at the Pac-12 Tournament again, wins 76-58

By Morris Phillips

At some point during Cal’s unprecedented 10-day break bridging the regular season and the Pac-12 Tournament, some teaching went on.

Coach Mark Fox, mindful of his team’s glaring defensive deficiencies, got demanding. Fox taught, the players learned, physicality was introduced, and at some point knowledge turned to belief for the conference’s lowest-seeded team.

“A teacher is only a good teacher if the students learn,” Fox said. “And obviously I did a terrible job of teaching our defense this year because it’s been awful. Tonight is what it should look like all the time.”

On Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Stanford found out first hand what had been learned in Berkeley. In a stunning reversal, Cal shut down the Cardinal on the interior, and answered two, lopsided losses to their rival with a wire-to-wire 76-58 upset win.

The 11th-seeded Bears (their lowest seeding ever in the Pac-12 Tournament) controlled the glass, didn’t get burned in the paint, then coupled that with a patient, and efficient offensive showing that was easily their best in a disjointed season that saw them lose 19 games. After Stanford ate Cal alive in the paint to the tune of 84 points combined in the two regular season meetings, the Bears muscled up and pushed back.

“We didn’t rebound it very well the early part of February, and slowly our rebound numbers have been improving,” Fox said of Cal’s 31-22 edge on the glass. “They bought into it, and I thought it carried over to the game today. We played very physical on the backboards today.”

Cal scored the game’s first six points and never looked back. They lead by as many as nine in the first half, and by six at the break. With Stanford showing some resolve, the Cardinal creeped to within one at 52-51 with 6:08 remaining. After Cal’s Joel Brown inexplicably missed a layup, Stanford gained possession looking for their first lead. But Matt Bradley blocked Lukas Kisunas’ shot and Ryan Betley freed himself for a 3-pointer at the other end. That started Cal’s 24-7 finishing run that saw them win going away.

“He’s known for doing that,” Andre Kelly said of Bradley’s rejection at the rim. “He’s an ultra competitor. He does that in practice all the time so it’s nothing special to me, but for you guys to see it is something cool.”

Bradley didn’t start in a move Fox declined to discuss. But the team’s leading scorer entered early and went on to lead Cal with 19 points, six assists and six rebounds. Kelly contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and Betley hit some timely daggers in a 13-point performance he squeezed into 16 minutes of floor time.

Jaden Delaire led the sixth-seeded Cardinal with 14 points, and Michael O’Connell and Oscar da Silva each had 12. Da Silva, the two-time, first team All Pac-12 performer suffered a leg injury previously and missed eight of his 12 shots. Ziaire Williams was unavailable due to a family matter in Los Angeles which means the Stanford freshman who is a presumed NBA lottery pick this summer may never face Cal as a collegian. Williams missed all three games this season between the schools.

This was only the fifth time the two Bay Area rivals have met in 23 conference tournaments, and the odds of them meeting in consecutive tournaments are less than 3 percent. Couple that with Cal’s win and last year’s 63-51 upset of Stanford, and the Bears truly grabbed a piece of rivalry history with the double play.

The Bears advance to a quarterfinal meeting with third-seeded Colorado on Thursday at 8pm.

Deja vu – Cal upends Cardinal in opening round of Pac-12 tournament

The Cal Bears Matt Bradley guard (20) brings the ball down against Stanford forward James Keefe (22) during the Pac 12 Tournament at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Wed Mar 10, 2021 (photo from Cal MBB twitter)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Stanford’s chances of extending its men’s basketball season took a serious blow on Wednesday, when the Cardinal fell to Bay Area rival California 76-58 in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference postseason tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cal (9-19 overall) led 35-29 at halftime while defeating the Cardinal in the opening round for the second year in a row. The Golden Bears held Stanford scoreless in the opening 4 minutes and 27 seconds, but the Cardinal got as close as 52-51 before a Ryan Betley 3-pointer at 5:56 of the second half sparked a 24-7 run to end the contest.

Stanford (!4-13), which suffered its fifth straight defeat, won the two regular season meetings between the schools in early February.

Matt Bradley led the Golden Bears with 19 points on 7 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists.

Betley was next for Cal with 13 points, and Andre Kelly added 12 points along with a team-leading nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal with 14 points. Oscar da Silva returned to the Stanford lineup and scored 12 points. Michael O’Connell also scored 12 points and had three assists. Lukas Kisunas grabbed seven rebounds, and da Silva and Spencer Jones each had five boards.

The Golden Bears led from start to finish and held Stanford to 37.7 percent field goal shooting (20 of 53) and 7 second-chance points. Cal shot 53.8 percent from the field (28 of 52), including 9 of 17 behind the arc, and held a 52-12 edge in scoring off the bench.

Prior to the game, da Silva was named as the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year – the fifth player in Stanford history to receive the award.

Cal advances to the quarterfinals to face Colorado on Thursday. Stanford could possibly receive a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, which begins March 17 in Frisco and Denton, Texas.

San Jose State’s difficult season comes to an end with 111-80 blowout loss to Wyoming in Mountain West Tournament

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

After suspending its regular season due to COVID-19, the #9 San Jose State Spartans took on the #8 Wyoming Cowboys in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Unfortunately, SJSU suffered a triple-digit loss, 111-80. 

But the Spartans’ journey wasn’t without its fair share of trials and tribulations. From tough losses to delayed flights, SJSU was burdened by a laundry list of issues. SJSU, however, rose up from those challenges. 

“Our team has transformed and evolved over the course of this season,” head coach Jean Prioleau told media members. “Toughness comes in many forms and this group has shown toughness on many different levels.”

The Spartans’ starting five featured Omari Moore, Trey Smith, Sebastian Mendoza, Richard Washington, and Ralph Agee. Agee made a jumper to get the Spartans on the board first 2-0 just 30 seconds into the first half. Just eight seconds later, Ike Graham responded with a layup to tie the game at 2. 

The Spartans and Cowboys exchanged leads and ties for several minutes in the first half. But it was the Cowboys who took the lead and never looked back. Marcus Williams made a layup in the paint to make it a 10-point game, 21-11, at 14:21. Graham Ike helped Wyoming open a 16-point lead with 2:51 left.

Wyoming closed out the first half scoring with a pair of free throws from Kenny Foster with 28 seconds left. SJSU trailed 59-45 at halftime. Omari Moore led the Spartans with 13 points and five assists at the half.

The Spartans had their work cut out for them. SJSU opened the second half scoring as Ralph Agee capitalized on a Cowboys turnover, made a second-chance layup, and brought the Spartans within 12 points, 59-47, just 34 seconds into the second half.

After a glimpse of hope, the Spartans’ problems reappeared. Ralph Agee appeared to have put a foot to Graham Ike’s groin. The officials handed Agee a Flagrant 2 foul. Subsequently, Agee was ejected from the game. Nate Lacewell entered the game for Agee. 

Marcus Williams made a jumper to help the Cowboys take a 20-point lead, 79-59, at 11:27. While the Spartans tried to inch closer, their efforts were ineffective as the Cowboys used a 11-3 run to take a 90-64 lead with 7:36 left. 

The Cowboys reached the 100-point mark when Marcus Williams made a layup with 4:15 left. Wyoming proceeded to pour in the points with back-to-back three-pointers by Drake Jeffries and Hunter Thompson, respectively. 

The Spartans went on a late 5-0 run, but continued to trail 109-80. The Cowboys had the last laugh as Drake Jeffries capitalized on a Spartans turnover and made a two-point dunk to make it a 111-80 game with three seconds left. The Spartans lost 111-80.

SJSU finished with a 5-16, 3-14 MW record, while Wyoming called it a wrap with a 14-10, 8-9 MW record. Wyoming moved on to the quarterfinals. 

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Pac 12 Tournament tips off Mar 10th; Cal a long shot

Oregon Ducks guard LJ Figueroa (top) goes for the throw down as Cal defenders Ryan Betley (left) and Andre Kelly (right) could only watch during the last regular season game on Sat Feb 27, 2021 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Cal will face Stanford in the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Center on Wed Mar 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, one consolation about the Cal Bears season (8-19) the Pac 12 Tournament will be their last hurrah for the 2020-21 season.

#2 Let’s talk about some of the players who shined and had some good games during the season for Cal we’ll start with the very popular Matt Bradley who finished the season with 18.4 points per game average

#3 The Bears Andre Kelly finished in second in average season scoring with 10.4 not the biggest overall season number but Kelly did help out with some games this season.

#4 For head coach Mark Fox looking past the Pac 12 Tournament he should have a busy off season recruiting.

#5  The Bears are in Vegas on Mar 10th and will face Stanford do you see any outside chance the Bears could make this an interesting game although their long shots for advancing in the Tournament.

Morris Phillips covered the Cal Bears men’s basketball team for the 2020-21 season and will return next Monday for the San Francisco Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com