Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal set for Pac 12 Tournament coming off tough loss to Utah

Stanford forward Cameron Brink (22) blocks the shot of Utah guard Gianna Kneepkens (5) in the first half in Salt Lake City on Sat Feb 25, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1 Utah earned a share of the Pac-12 women’s basketball regular season championship on Saturday, as the No. 8 Utes upended No. 3 Stanford 84-78.

#2 The Utes Gianna Kneepkens scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Utes (25-3 overall, 15-3 Pac-12) to their first regular season conference title, only two seasons removed from winning five total games. 

#3 Hannah Jump scored 24 points for Stanford (27-4 overall, 15-3 Pac-12), followed by Cameron Brink with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, and Haley Jones with nine points and eight rebounds.

#4 Utah forced three straight turnovers in the final minute to lock down the win. The Utes scored 26 points off of 21 Stanford turnovers. The Cardinal held a 37-23 rebounding edge.

#5 Stanford and Utah each have a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas as things get underway in the Tournament on Thu Mar 2.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal look to get back on winning track against Washington Thursday at Maples

Southern California forward Kijani Wright (33) reaches for a rebound next to Stanford forward Harrison Ingram (55), guard Michael O’Connell (5) and forward Maxime Raynaud (42) during the second half at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sat Feb 18, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 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.

#2 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.

#3 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.

#4 Harrison Ingram led the Cardinal with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds in Stanford’s only regular-season meeting with the Trojans. 

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

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Stanford Cardinal WBB podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal two road wins get them back in #3 spot in AP Poll

Stanford Cardinal center Lauren Betts (51) had her best game going 12-15 from the field against Arizona State Sun Devils on Sun Feb 12, 2023 in Tempe AZ (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

On the Stanford Cardinal WBB podcast with Michael:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal WBB (24-3) are coming off a two game road sweep over the Arizona Wildcats (19-6) on Thursday and the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-16) on Sunday and both were convincing wins.

#2 The Cardinal occupied the #6 spot on the AP Poll but moved up to #3 after the last two road wins. They did at one time occupy #2 on the poll.

#3 South Carolina is #1 in the poll and has held that spot for 37 straight weeks tying UConn’s record for third place for the longest #1 spot held in the AP Poll list.

#4 The Cardinal have not lost often but have lost to USC and Washington in their last two defeats in Pac 12 play. That really speaks to the success of head coach Tara VanDerveer and the job she’s done with this team this season.

#5 Michael speaking of coach VanDerveer, she and the Cardinal get another run against the USC Trojans at Maple Pavilion this Friday night. The Cardinal badly want this game after losing to the Trojans in Los Angeles their last meeting.

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Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Women shocked by loss at Washington and Men’s 5 game win streak ended last Sunday

Colorado guard KJ Simpson, left, drives the lane as Stanford forward Harrison Ingram defends in the second half at Ball Arena in Denver on Sun Feb 5, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael:

#1  Elle Ladine of the Washington Huskies (13-9) scored 21 points on the Stanford Cardinal (22-3) at Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle on Sunday where the Cougars handed the Cardinal their third loss of the season after Stanford had won five games a in row.

#2 Dalayah Daniels capitalized on Stanford’s foul trouble scoring two free throws with just eight seconds left in the game as the Huskies came away with a five point win and were the third team in NCAA play to defeat the Cardinal this season.

#3 Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer pretty much summed up the contest in her comments to the media afterwards:  “We didn’t play well offensively, we didn’t play well defensively, and we didn’t rebound. So that’s pretty hard to win games when you’re really not getting it done in any of those three things.”

#4 After carrying a five game win streak the Stanford Cardinal men’s team (10-14) headed to Colorado last Sunday to have their streak broken by the Buffaloes (15-11) 84-62. The Buffaloes Tristan de Silva led with 25 points and it was Colorado’s fourth win in their last ten games.

#5 The Cardinal men host the Arizona State University Sun Devils (16-8) this Thursday night at Maples Pavilion the Sun Devils have lost five of their last six games and hope having home floor Thursday night will give them some advantage the tip off is 7:00pm.

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Stanford Cardinal men basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal open two game road trip in Utah on Thursday night

Harrison Ingram who finished second in scoring for the Stanford Cardinal on Sat Jan 28 at Maple Pavilion in Palo Alto against the Cal Bears will battle the Utah Utes in Utah with his Stanford teammates on Thu Feb 2, 2023 (AP file photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal men basketball podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1 Maxime Raynaud who led with 15 points and has been a key factor for the Stanford Cardinal (9-12) with his contributions. Raynaud also a big reason why the Cardinal are on a four game win streak over the Cal Bears (3-18).

#2 Harrison Ingram finished in second with 15 points and Isa Silva hit a three pointer with just a few seconds left and the Cardinal went into the dressing room at the half with a substantial lead 75-46.

#3 The Cardinal ran off a 19-7 run against the Bears, Ingram hit a three point shot that gave Stanford a 55-31 lead with 11:01 remaining in the game.

#4 Cal had defensive troubles and just couldn’t shut down the Cardinal offense it was a different offense that Cal faced when they defeated the Cardinal the last time these times met.

#5 The Cardinal face the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City the Utes have won three of their last four games and lost their last game 68-56. Michael how do you see this match up Thu Feb 2 for a 5:00 pm.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal hope to end 5 game skid against OSU Thursday

The Stanford Cardinal Maxime Raynaud (42) gets his reverse slam on. Raynaud led Stanford in scoring Sat Jan 13, 2023 with 16 points against the Washington State Cougars in Pullman. The Cardinal host the Oregon State Beavers on Thu Jan 19, 2023 at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1In the last three seconds in Saturday’s game the Stanford Cardinal (5-12) couldn’t get the last shot to fall with three seconds left to lost the Washington State Cougars at Pullman 60-59.

#2 Maxime Raynaud led Stanford in scoring with 16 points with eight rebounds. Raynaud has been a contributor for the Stanford offense.

#3 Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones each had 14 points. Ingram had nine rebounds and six assists, Jones had eight rebounds.

#4 Stanford led WSU at the half 34-31 with two 9-0 runs but couldn’t stop the Cougars late in the game in the one point loss.

#5 After three straight road games the Cardinal returned to Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto to host the Oregon State Beavers this Thursday for a 8:00pm tip. Head coach Jerod Haase is hoping to get back in the win column.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal look to bounce back in Seattle against Huskies Thursday night

Spencer Jones forward (14) Stanford Cardinal is seen here driving on the Utah Utes on New Years Eve 2022 at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (Stanford Cardinal photo)

On the Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael in Friday’s game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley was this a matter of the Cal Bears were prepared and had studied film on the Stanford Cardinal in the Cardinal 92-70 loss or the Cardinal took the Bears for granted.

#2 In talking with coach Jerod Haase after the game was his demeanor more of disappointment or he looked at it as turn the page and get ready for the next game?

#3 Michael Jones led Stanford with 14 points he’s been on of the bright spots in the Cardinal line up as one of the top scorers.

#4 The Cardinal in second half action just had a tough time shutting down the Bears who set a school record with 16 three point shots.

#5 The Cardinal head to Washington Thursday and face the Huskies who have lost five games in the a row. The Cardinal are on a three game losing streak. What does the Cardinal take from their last game against Cal and bring into Thursday night’s game at Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle?

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Big Game Friday as Cal hosts Stanford at Haas Pavilion

The Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) who led all scorers on Sat Dec 31, 2023 against the Utah Utes takes a shot against the Utes center Branden Carlson (35) (photo by Stanford Cardinal MBB)

On Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1 It wasn’t a rocking New Years eve for the Stanford Cardinal (5-9) last Saturday as the visiting Utah Utes (11-4) defeated the Stanford Cardinal 71-66 at Maples Pavilion.

#2 Michael, the Cardinal who were down by as much as double digits closed in the Utes lead within two but couldn’t seal the deal.

#3 Despite the Cardinal making a charge and closing the game to just two points that speaks to the Utes defense and they were able to bring up the score to five points over the Cardinal to pull away from the Stanford surge.

#4 All things considered the Cardinal Spencer Jones led with 16, Isa Silva 11, and Max Murrell 10, these three players played key roles in the Cardinal keeping up with the Utes in that second half.

#5 Michael it’s off for the Big Game at Cal Berkeley you’ll be on hand covering the Cardinal and our very own Morris Phillips will be doing coverage for our page on the Cal Bears (2-13). The Cardinal go into Berkeley having lost three of their last five games and Cal has won two of their last three games. Michael tell us how you see the outcome of this game on Fri Jan 6th.

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Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Michael Roberson: Taylor says Cardinal will be “champions here”

Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir (left) and newly hired head coach Troy Taylor (right) at Mon Dec 12, 2022 press conference introducing Taylor at Stanford University (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

Stanford Cardinal newly hired head coach Troy Taylor said during Monday’s press introduction that the Cardinal has a bright future and “We will be champions here. I don’t know when it will happen, but we will be champions here.” Taylor emphasized that the direction of the Cardinal is headed in the right direction despite what some people might say of the football program.

With the NIL deals and college football teams that are just all about offense with student transfer portals things in the NCAA have vastly changed impacting the way things used to be done in college football leaving the Stanford program left behind. The Cardinal attendance.

Taylor is pushing the envelope to make the Cardinal who were once bowl bound and who had many former student athletes graduate to the NFL. Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said that the Cardinal program will be heavily involved in the NIL and transfer portal.

What was most impressive of what Muir did was hire Taylor over NFL and power 5 schools coaches. At Sacramento State Taylor didn’t have winning records when Taylor joined that program in December 2018 he got them three Big Sky titles and that impressed Muir that Taylor was able to turn the Sacramento State program around and he could do the same with more resources at Stanford.

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Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal open up against UCLA at Maples on Thursday night

The Memphis Tigers drive on the Stanford Cardinal in the ESPN Invitational in Orlando on Sun Nov 27, 2022 (photo by USA Today)

On the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael R:

#1 Taking look at this week’s ESPN Invitational on the Memphis Tigers opened the first half with a slim lead in the opening minutes 4-0 but the Stanford Cardinal wasted not time in catching up and taking the lead mid-way through the first 20 minutes 14-9. The Tigers fought back tying the game at 14 and the teams traded leads for most of the opening half.

#2 At 15:42 in the second half, the Tigers took a double digit lead 31-21. The Cardinal continue to fight back but both Harrison Ingram and Brandon Angel were struggling in this game with three and two point efforts midway through the second half.

#3 Angel had 22 points in the Florida State game and Ingram had 24 against Ole Miss. It was a let-down that Stanford could not afford.

#4 Stanford showed the will to win in the final minutes but every time they got to within striking distance, Memphis answered and refused to let Stanford back into the game. The Cardinal had pulled to within four points at 2:12 50-46. Stanford just didn’t have enough to pull this game out. The final was 56-48.

#5 Stanford opens up Pac 12 Conference play against UCLA on Thu night Dec 1 for a 7:30 pm tip at Maples Pavilion Michael get your take on how you see this game coming up.

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