NCAA Championship podcast with Michael Roberson: LSU’s Carson leads with 22 pts defeat Iowa 102-85

LSU’s Jasmine Carson reacts to her three pointer during the first half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship basketball game against Iowa Sunday, April 2, 2023, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas (AP News photo)

NCAA Women’s Championship podcast with Michael Roberson:

DALLAS–LSU Tigers (34-2) Jasmine Carson will remember this NCAA Championship for quite sometime as she led with 22 points and was almost perfect from the field scoring 21 of those 22 points in the Tigers 102-85 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes (31-7).

LSU demonstrated what a strong offensive team they are becoming the highest scoring team with their 102 points in NCAA Championship history. With LSU and Iowa combining for a total 187 point make this game the highest scoring game in NCAA Championship history.

Carson didn’t miss a shot in the first half converting all seven, hitting all four of her 3 pointers, LSU was unstoppable in the first half scoring 59 points in first 20 minutes of the game. It was pretty evident that LSU was in command and Iowa just couldn’t get a defensive game to stop the Tigers from their lopsided offense.

Michael Roberson is in Dallas covering the NCAA Final Four and the NCAA Championship for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears report: Fox out as head coach; It was matter of time after team went 3-29

Cal Bears head coach Mark Fox has some comments to make after a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Sat Mar 4, 2023 (AP News file photo)

By Morris Phillips and Michael Duca

Cal Bears head coach Mark Fox was the butt end of memes during Cal home games that showed the swirling Fire Fox logo during this season. The inevitable happened on Thursday afternoon when Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton announced that indeed Fox was fired from the flagging basketball team who went 3-29.

“This was a difficult decision and one that I do not take lightly,” Knowlton said. “After deliberately and holistically evaluating all aspects of our program, I felt a change was needed at this time.” Fox took over the reigns of head coach in 2019. Fox gave the Golden Bears some hope when he took the club to a 14-18 season, the Bears that season went 7-11 in non conference games.

It was the last three years that Fox just couldn’t recover Cal basketball with losing seasons that landed him and the Cal MBB program in last place in 2021 and 2023. Cal had a 10-50 overall record in those last three seasons. Previous to Fox coming to Cal head coach Wyking Jones coached the Bears for two seasons going 8-24 in 2017-18 and 8-23 in 2018-19.

Fox leaves Cal with a 38-87 overall record and going 17-61 in four regular seasons. When Fox first took over in 2019-20 he was able to win seven conference games. Fox was unable to win over five games in each of the following three seasons as Cal head coach. Also the Cal program had lost over 20 games in three consecutive seasons with Cal finishing in last place in two seasons under Fox.

Before coaching at Cal Fox coached at the Georgia Bulldogs for nine seasons and led Georgia to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Fox at Georgia finished above .500 in his last five years. As head coach in Reno for the Nevada Wolfpack Fox won three NCAA Tournaments and won at least 21 games in his five seasons in Nevada.


Cardinal upend Utah 73-62 in opening round of Pac-12 tournament

Stanford guard Michael O’Connell (5) shoots against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Stanford built an early lead and maintained it until the final horn on Wednesday, as the 10th-seeded Cardinal upended 7th-seed Utah 73-62 in the opening round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Cardinal (14-18) had four players in double-figures, led by Brandon Angel with 16 points, followed by Harrison Ingram with 15, and 12 points each by Spencer Jones and Maxime Raynaud. Jones and Michael O’Connell each had four assists; Angel and Raynaud pulled down 12 and nine rebounds, respectively.

Branden Carlson scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Utes (17-15). Gabe Madsen was next with 13 points, followed by Lazar Stefanovic with 10. Carlson grabbed 10 rebounds and Rollie Worster had eight boards as Utah outrebounded the Cardinal 40-38.

Stanford, however, had a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint while handing the Utes their fifth straight defeat.

The Cardinal led 34-27 at halftime. Utah pulled to within 58-48 on a Stefanovic 3-pointer with six minutes left in the second half. Jones responded with a 3 for the Cardinal. A basket by Carlson closed Utah’s deficit to 70-60 at 1:20, but Angel sank a pair of free throws and Ingram hit one of two at the line.

Stanford faces No. 8 Arizona in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Ducks hand Cardinal 73-68 loss in regular season finale

Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) takes a shot against the Oregon Ducks at Phil Knight Arena in Eugene Or on Sat Mar 4, 2023 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Stanford ended its regular season for men’s basketball on a losing note Saturday, as the Cardinal fell to Oregon 73-68 in a nationally-televised game played at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

N’Faly Dante led the Ducks (18-13 overall, 12-8 Pac-12) with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Keeshawn Barthelemy scored 14 points off the bench and Will Richardson had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds.

Spencer Jones and Brandon Angel each scored 18 points to lead Stanford (13-18 overall, 7-13 Pac-12), with Jones hitting four 3-pointers and Angel going 3-3 behind the arc. Jones also had seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Harrison Ingram and Maxime Reynaud added 11 and 10 points, respectively for Stanford, while Michael O’Connell contributed three assists.

The Cardinal jumped to an 8-0 lead to start the game and led 18-9 with 11:24 left in the first half. Oregon put together a run to tie the game and eventually built a 39-34 halftime lead.

Stanford pulled to within three points with seven minutes remaining in the second half, but Oregon made enough free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Oregon’s bench outscored Stanford’s 30-6, and the Ducks forced 13 Cardinal turnovers.

The Cardinal will play in Wednesday’s opening round of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal just couldn’t come up with ball in second half against UCLA

Stanford guard Haley Jones, center, moves the ball around UCLA forward Gabriela Jaquez (23) during the first half at the womens Pac 12 Tournament at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas on Fri Mar 3, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 The 19th ranked UCLA Bruins pulled off an upset defeating the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas 69-65 getting eliminated in from the tournament.

#3 The Bruins made a comeback on the Cardinal in second half play scoring 18 points in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth quarter to over come a 35-22 first half deficit.

#4 Kiki Rice led the way for the Bruins with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, and made 12 of 13 free throws. Emily Bessoir was next with 14 points and six rebounds, Charisma Osborne had 12 points.

#5 The Cardinal had faced a number of upsets against USC, Washington, Utah, and UCLA in Pac 12 conference play. How surprising were these loses to coach Tara VanDerveer and the UCLA loss in particular?

Join Michael Roberson for Stanford Cardinal basketball podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Pac 12 Tournament podcast with Daniel Dullum: Stanford women take it to Ducks in 76-65 thriller

Stanford Cardinal center Cameron Brink (22) show her wide arm span as teammate guard Hannah Jump (33) and Oregon Ducks guard Chance Gray (2) look on at the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Thu Mar 2, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal women (28-4) picked up game one of the Pac 12 Tournament with a 76-65 win over the Oregon Ducks (17-14) on Thursday the Cardinal are coming into March rolling which is really no surprise to anyone.

#2 Cameron Brink once again led Stanford with 22 points she never got intimidated on any of the Ducks double teaming and was a key part of the reason why the Cardinal got the 11 point win.

#3 This past Tuesday Brink was named the Pac 12 defensive player of the year at this rate with her shot blocking could end up getting her the NCAA defensive player of the year.

#4 Taking a look at the prospects of Stanford’s chances of taking this game you could make that prediction as the Cardinal defense allowed the Ducks only nine points in the first quarter and and 15 in the second quarter. The Ducks could never really catch up with the Cardinal after the first half.

#5 The Cardinal are battling with the UCLA Bruins in game 2 of the Pac 12 Tournament the Bruins were defeated by the Cardinal in their last meeting 71-66 at Maples Pavilion on Mon Feb 20th. Will the Bruins be looking for blood in tonight’s game against the Cardinal?

Join Daniel Dullum for the Pac 12 Tournament podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Teaches Washington New Tricks on Senior Day, 81-69

Stanford forward Spencer Jones (14) shoots over Washington guard Jamal Bey (5) during the first half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sun Feb 26, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Cardinal (12-16, 6-12 Pac-12) gave their four seniors a great sendoff, as they controlled the Washington Huskies (16-14, 8-11 Pac-12) 81-69, in Maples Pavilion.

Senior forward Spencer Jones wasted no time trying to make his last game on the Farm a memorable one, with his early attack (16 points) of the dogs from the Evergreen State.

During the first 20 minutes of play, the Cardinal led the entire half, aided by an 8-0 run and a margin as wide as 12 points, which was the advantage at recess, 38-26.

Jones topped all players with his tally, while Huskies’ senior forward Keion Brooks Jr. offered his squad 10 points.

The second portion of the contest Stanford extended the lead as high as 20 points, with Washington trying to chip away at the deficit throughout the game.

The Cardinal managed to hold on to the advantage and win by the same margin (12) as they had at the midway point, 81-69. They also shot an impressive 50% from 3pt. range (12-24), which explained their dominance over the visitors from the Great Northwest.

Several non-graduating players joined Jones (21) in double-figure scoring: Sophomore forward Maxime Raynaud (15), junior forward Brandon Angel (14), sophomore forward Harrison Ingram (11) and graduate transfer Michael Jones (10), who has another year of eligibility, despite being senior.

Stanford will play next in Corvallis Thursday, March 2 to take on Oregon State, while Washington hosts Washington State on the same date.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal take on UCLA tonight; Stanford looking to sweep the homestand

Stanford guard Indya Nivar, front left, blocks a shot by Southern California guard Kayla Williams, front right, during the first half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Fri Feb 17, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford podcast with Michael:

#1 Stanford Cardinal (26-3) No.3 are coming off that big win against the USC Trojans (19-8) 50-47 a close game against an unranked school.

#2 Once again Stanford got offensive help from Cameron Brink who led with 12 points.

#3 Michael, talk about guard Kiki Irafen and her contribution to this offense she got nine points on Friday night at Stanford.

#4 Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer says that confidence down the stretch in a game against USC and it was close with Stanford winning by three points.

#5 The Cardinal match up tonight against UCLA No.16 (21-6 at Maples Pavilion. how do you see this match up tonight?

Join Michael for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts Wednesday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Big night for Ellis lifts Trojans past Stanford 85-75

The USC Trojans forward (3) Vincent Iwuchukwu congratulates teammate guard Kobe Johnson (0) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles after defeating the Stanford Cardinal (@USC_Hoops photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, February 18, 2023

Boogie Ellis enjoyed a career night for Southern California on Saturday, as the Trojans beat Stanford 85-75 in men’s basketball at Galen Center.

Ellis, a senior guard, recorded career highs with 33 points, seven assists and six 3-pointers. His 33 points were the most for a USC player since Onyeka Okongwu scored 33 on Nov, 19, 2019.

The Trojans (19-8 overall, 11-5 Pac-12) won their 14th straight home game and remains in third place in the conference standings, Ellis had six of USC’s 13 3-pointers.

Drew Peterson hit 8-of-14 from the field and scored 21 points to go with seven rebounds. Reese Dixon-Waters, back from missing four games due to injury, scored 12 points, and contributed three rebounds and two assists.

Harrison Ingram led the Cardinal with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds in Stanford’s only regular-season meeting with the Trojans. Michael Jones was next with 14 points, while Spencer Jones and Brandon Angel added 11 points apiece. Michael O’Connell had nine points and a game-high seven assists.

Stanford (11-16 overall, 5-11 Pac-12) jumped to a 9-2 lead early, before the Trojans took control of the game with a 16-2 run. After the Cardinal pulled to within two points, Ellis hit a pair of 3s, sparking an 11-0 run that gave USC a 41-30 halftime lead.

While Stanford outscored the Trojans 45-44 in the second half, USC led by no less than seven points while connecting on 53.8 percent of its field goal attempts in the last 20 minutes.

There were a couple of pluses for Stanford – the Cardinal outscored USC 38-22 in the paint with 13 of those points coming on second chances. Stanford shot 46 percent from the field, including 40 percent (8 of 20) behind the arc.

The Cardinal return to Maples Pavilion for their final two home games of the season, hosting Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday.

Huskies upset Stanford women 72-67, snap five-game win streak

Washington guard Elle Ladine, front left, looks to. shoot over Stanford forward Brooke Demetre (21) during the second half at Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle on Sun Feb 5, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, February 5, 2023

No. 2-ranked Stanford saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, as Washington prevailed 72-67 in Pac-12 women’s basketball.

It was the Huskies’ first victory over a ranked opponent since defeating UCLA on Feb. 23, 2020. It was also the Huskies’ first win over Stanford (22-3 overall, 10-2 Pac-12) since 2016.

Elle Ladine scored 21 points, and Dalayah Daniels made 15 points, and Hayley Van Dyke finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Haley Jones led Stanford with 18 points, and reserve Brooke Demetre had 15 points. Cameron Brink was held to 14 points and six rebounds.

Daniels sank a pair of free throws with 8 seconds to play, helping the Huskies (13-9 overall, 5-7 Pac-12) pull off the upset. The Huskies finished the second half with a 9-2 run. Lauren Schwartz sank a pair of free throws before Ladine made a layup to put Washington ahead with 1:40 to play.

Stanford led 17-8 after the first quarter, but the Huskies closed the first half with a 10-0 run and outscored the Cardinal 30-17 in the second quarter to take 38-34 lead into the break.

Washington then scored the first six points of the third quarter before a Brink layup ignited a 9-0 Stanford run. Brink’s three-point play at the end of the third quarter gave the Cardinal a 54-53 lead. But the Huskies outscored Stanford 19-13 in the fourth.

The Cardinal travel to Tucson on Thursday to face Arizona.