NCAAB podcast with Daniel Dullum: Costly losses for UCLA, ASU, Illinois, Wisconsin; Good day for Stanford, UCSB, Saint Mary’s; plus more

bruinsnation.com photo: UCLA Bruins (7-6) head coach Steve Alford contemplates as the Bruins drop their fourth straight game to Liberty (11-4) on Saturday.

On the NCAAB podcast with Daniel:

1 Men’s Hoops: Potential costly losses by UCLA, Arizona State, Illinois and Wisconsin

2 Good day for Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara and Saint Mary’s

3 Rick Pitino picks up win in EuroLeague debut with Panathinaikos

4 Women’s Hoops: UConn still No. 1 after tough road trip

5 There’s no need to expand the D-1 Football Playoffs

Catch Daniel each week for the NCAA podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose State podcast with Ana Kieu: Thoughts on Early National Signing Day; Men’s basketball loses to Stanford on Tuesday night

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On the San Jose State podcast with Ana:

1. Early National Signing Day began this morning. Have any football players caught your undivided attention?

2. Location appears to important as SJSU has been dubbed the No. 1 underrated school in America in more ways than one on Forbes’ most recent list of underrated colleges and universities.

3. SJSU men’s basketball wrapped up its homestand vs. Northern Arizona last Saturday night.

4. SJSU played Stanford last night and will take on Cal on Friday.

Ana does the San Jose State podcasts each week for SportsRadioService.com

Effort isn’t enough as San Jose State falls to Stanford 78-73 at Maples Pavilion

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By: Ana Kieu

Most recently, San Jose State wrapped up its homestand on a high note with two wins in a row. Fast forward to Tuesday evening when SJSU searched for its third straight win against Stanford at Maples Pavilion.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau announced a starting lineup consisting of Brae Ivey, Noah Baumann, Craig LeCesne, Michael Steadman and Oumar Barry. SJSU won the tip and the MWC vs. Pac-12 game went underway at Maples.

At the first media timeout of the game, SJSU held a 13-12 advantage over Stanford. At the second media timeout, SJSU upped its lead to 18-12, thanks to Baumann and Steadman scoring five points apiece.

The Spartans continued to hold onto a 22-13 lead over the Cardinal with 7:42 left in the first period. SJSU shot 45 percent from the floor.

The Spartans’ lead remained in tact, but the Cardinal hit five of their last six shots to make it a one-point game 28-27 with 2:49 left in the period. SJSU held a lead for 19:58 as Stanford hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to snatch a 34-33 lead at the end of the period. Obviously, that was rough for the Spartans, but they did shoot 42.9 percent from the field for their best mark in the first half since shooting 58.3 percent against Central Michigan at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.

SJSU got off to a good, if not great, start to open up the second period. Barry drew attention to himself by blocking his third shot on the game and converted it to the other end of the court for his 10th point of the evening. The Spartans were back in front 39-37.

Barry upped his totals to 12 points and eight rebounds for his fourth consecutive game in double figures. The Spartans led 42-40 at the 15:44 mark of the period.

Though, the game reverted back to a one-point game. Stanford hit three triples over four possessions to snatch a 52-51 lead at the 10:56 mark of the period. Still, Ivey and Steadman led the Spartans with 11 points apiece.

And, once again, the game was tied at 54 apiece. Then, Oscar da Silva hit a three to lift the Cardinal up 57-54.

Things began to improve when Steadman laid one in to help the Spartans maintain a one-possession game. Yet, Stanford was up 61-58 with 7:36 left in the period at the under-eight timeout. Stanford then upper their lead to 66-58 for their largest lead of the evening. That large lead occurred as a result of the Spartans turning the ball over five times in a span of 2:43. So in order for the Spartans to get back into the game, they had to take care of the ball.

At the final media timeout of the game, Stanford led 70-61 with 3:45 left in the period. SJSU wasn’t out of it yet, but they had a lot to do to close out the game in a positive manner. SJSU trailed Stanford 72-67 in the final minute of play.

The game went down to the wire as LeCesne knocked down a jumper with 3.21 seconds left in the period. The score decreased to a three-point game with 20.6 seconds left in the period. Moreover, goaltending was the call on the Cardinal. The Spartans gave the Cardinal every bit and piece of effort, but lost 78-73. SJSU fell to 3-7 while Stanford rose to 6-4.

SJSU heads to Cal to take on the Golden Bears Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 pm PST on KLIV 1590 AM and the Pac-12 Network.

San Jose State to take on Stanford on Tuesday night

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State will look to stay hot and keep the momentum rolling this week as they take on road games vs. Pac-12 foes Stanford and Cal. First up is the Cardinal on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:00 pm. Justin Allegri will have the radio call on KLIV 1590 AM, while Roxy Bernstein and Don MacLean will have the call on the Pac-12 Network.

Game #10
San José State (3-6) at Stanford (5-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:00 pm PT
Maples Pavilion (7,233)
Stanford, Calif.

Live stats
Fans can view live stats of all SJSU men’s basketball games, home and away, by accessing the Live Stats feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on the men’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.

Two in a row
With a win over Northern Arizona, SJSU is on a 2-game win streak for the first time since winning the first three games of the 2017-18 season. It is the first win streak over D1 opponents since winning four straight in MW play during the 2016-17 season.

Down, but not out
SJSU picked up win No. 3 of the year against Northern Arizona, but it didn’t come easy. SJSU had to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and took their first lead of the game with 10 minutes left. From there, SJSU held on as the teams went back and forth for the remainder of the contest. SJSU outshot NAU 40.4% to 37.9%.

Noah Baumann and Oumar Barry led the charge in the comeback. Baumann finished with a career-high 23 points, including 18 in the second half, and was 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Barry recorded his first double-double as a Spartan with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Steady Steadman
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has made a big impact this season as a leader on and off the court. The 6’10” forward is averaging a team-high 13.1 points per game and ranks fourth in the MW with 9.2 rebounds per game. He also ranks in the top 40 nationally in the rebounding department. Steadman has three double-doubles on the season, ranking fourth in the conference and has scored in double figures in 8-of-9 games, including six straight.

Staff shakeup
Jean Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason as he brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.

Familiar foe
Tuesday’s matchup will be 52nd installment in the Stanford-SJSU series, but the first meeting since 2006. The Cardinal leads the all-time series 38-13 and is 28-4 in games played in Stanford. The Spartans’ last win in the series came on Dec. 3, 1992 in San Jose.

The Cardinal, led by third year coach Jerod Haase, enters Tuesday’s game with a 5-4 record. Three of their four losses have come at the hands of ranked teams, including a 90-84 loss in overtime to No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence on Dec. 1. KZ Okpala leads the team at 15.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg.

Big game Baumann
Sophomore Noah Baumann is once again displaying his impressive 3-point shooting ability this season after finishing in the top-40 in the MW in 3 point percentage as a freshman. He is currently 20-for-34 from 3-point range (.588).

Baumann has come up huge for the Spartans in their last two games. In their win over Bethune-Cookman, after the team went 0-10 from 3-point range in the opening half, Baumann drained 3-of-5 attempts in the second half and finished with a then-season-high 12 points to help lead SJSU to victory.

Baumann followed up with his best performance as a Spartan in the win over NAU. He scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 18 in the second half to lead the Spartans to victory. He finished 5-of-6 from 3-point range and made four free throws in the final 37 seconds to close out the game.

Oumar plays his best basketball 
Senior center Oumar Barry is playing his best basketball as a Spartan as of late. Against Bethune-Cookman, he finished with a then-career-high 13 points and seven rebounds. He followed that up with his most dominating performance at SJSU as he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds for his first-career game with double digit rebounds. Barry also blocked two shots and was 7-of-10 at the free throw line to help the Spartans to a win.

Barry entered the Bethune-Cookman game averaging just 5.7 points per game, but after averaging 15 points in the last two outings, he has increased his production to 7.8 ppg.

Bay Area road trip
The Spartans’ stop in Stanford is the first of three-straight road games against in-state foes. SJSU will make a quick turnaround to face Cal in Berkeley on Friday, Dec. 21, and will bookend their non-conference slate on Dec. 29 against Saint Mary’s in Moraga.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: After loss to Kansas, Stanford looks to recover against Washington Eastern

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On the Stanford basketball podcast with Joey:

#1 Last Saturday, going to Kansas (8-0), you had to get that feeling the Stanford Cardinal (4-4) had their work cut out for them.

#2 The Jayhawks’ LaGerald Vick, one of the big threats, hit a three-pointer with just a second left in the game, Vick had eight of 27 points for the Hawks to lead them to a 90-84 win and the Hawks kept their perfect record in tact.

#3 For the Cardinal, KZ Okpala had 22 points and eight rebounds, Daejon Davis had 19 points and eight boards and Isaac White had 15 points and five threes.

#4 While the Jayhawks are still undefeated, they did make mistakes during their win over the Cardinal and just got away with a six-point win.

#5 The Cardinal have the home floor Saturday night against the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-7). The Eagles will be coming off a game against the USF Dons on Thursday night. The Cardinal could very well have this game in hand.

Join Joey each Friday for the Cardinal podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: Cardinal get roughed up in the Bahamas in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

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On the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey:

#1 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0) held off a Stanford Cardinal (2-3) comeback on Wednesday as Wisconsin got a convincing 62-42 win in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

#2 Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nate Reuvers blocked 9 Cardinal shots, and Wisconsin earned a semifinal date with Oklahoma (4-1) on Thanksgiving Day.

#3 Wisconsin did not score a single 3-pointer until the final minute.  Stanford, meanwhile, fared much worse, hitting 27 percent from the field – 11 percent behind the 3-point arc (2 of 18). Happ did the job defensively, holding KZ Okpala to 2-of-12 field goal shooting and 11 points, well short of the 22.7 points per game he was averaging.

#4 The Cardinal struggled with the Florida Gators (3-2) on Thanksgiving, dropping behind the Gators at the half, traveling to the Bahamas and playing Wisconsin and Florida and struggling against both. Was it a matter of both teams dominating Stanford or was it the travel, time difference and exhaustion for the Cardinal?

Joey does the Cardinal podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsadioservice.com

NCAAFB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Big Game between Cal-Stanford smoked out; Harvard running back flips bird while scoring; Meyer doesn’t look right on sidelines

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On the NCAAFB podcast with Michelle:

#1 No surprises how the Big Game at Cal was called off on Saturday because the Air Quality Index was over 200 on Friday at 240. Berkeley was blanketed with smoke from the Northern California Paradise Camp Fires. Giving the Bay Area the worst air quality second to Bangladesh that was Friday. On Saturday the air quality actually improved dropping from 240 to 156 still unhealthy but breathing conditions much better. The Big Game has been rescheduled to Sat Dec 1st.

#2 Harvard running back Devin Darrington while running towards the end zone and being pursued by Yale defenders gave the bird to the nearest Yale defender before crossing the end zone. The officials disqualified the touchdown because of unsportsmanship like conduct. Harvard went onto win the game 45-27.

#3 Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s health condition is in question after he was seen bent over hands on knees, palms pressed against his head. Meyer had surgery in 2014 for a cyst in the brain. Meyer’s doctor Dr. Andrew Thomas said that Meyer suffers from aggressive headaches. Meyer was suspended at the beginning of the season for four games when he was accused of having knowledge of former assistant coach Zach Smith had been abusing his wife and Meyer didn’t take any action to discipline Smith at the time.

Michelle does the NCAAFB podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Canceled: Wofford’s visit to the Farm

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By Joey Friedman

PALO ALTO — The Wofford Terriers were set to take on the Stanford Cardinal for a Friday evening matchup from Maples Pavilion. Due to poor air quality throughout the Bay Area, the contest has been canceled. Stanford has announced that Friday’s game will not be rescheduled this season. 

California is experiencing one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. The largest fire which has caused the most destruction, resulted in the most casualties, and has generated most of the smoke that has been affecting the San Francisco Bay Area for close to a week now, is the Camp fire north of Sacramento. Medical experts have been indicating that the air quality in the Bay Area has been getting increasingly worse to the point that most local schools have closed. Stanford issued an announcement on Thursday evening that classes would be canceled on Friday and that students are recommended to stay indoors.

Wofford’s next game which will still be played against Oklahoma on Sunday in Norman, Oklahoma at 2:00 PM. 

Stanford will tipoff next in the Bahamas as a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. They will play Wisconsin on Wednesday, November 21 at 11:30 AM PT.

For more information about air quality scheduling updates, please visit gostanford.com.

Cal Bears Football podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal, after surprise comeback at USC, gets set to host Stanford for the Big Game Saturday

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On the Cal Bears Football podcast with Morris:

#1 A miracle comeback for the Cal Bears (6-4) Saturday at USC (5-5) for a 15-14 win, snapping a 14-game losing streak to USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

#2 Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said it’s great to be bowl eligible.

#3 The Bears were hibernating in the first half of Saturday’s game at USC but started to make their comeback in the third quarter and Traveon Beck scored Cal’s second touchdown for the game winner.

#4 USC had a 14-0 lead, but the Bears roared back. Cal got their first touchdown in the third quarter and took a one-point lead 15-14.

#5 The Bears will face Stanford (6-4) and Colorado (5-5) for their next two games. The Big Game is this Saturday at Cal, which it could turn out to be one of the season’s best.

Morris does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Huskies hold off Cardinal on last-second interception; Stanford suffers second straight loss 27-23

photo from mercurynews.com: Stanford’s Frank Buncom tries to strip the ball from Myles Gaskin on a 6-yard touchdown run by the Washington back.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Despite a late charge, Washington safety Taylor Rapp’s interception on the game’s final play secured a 27-23 Pac-12 football win over visiting Stanford Saturday.

An announced crowd of 69,069 watched Rapp make a leaping pick of Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello and take a knee in the end zone, allowing the Huskies (7-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) to remain in the thick of the conference race.

After Washington took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, the Cardinal (5-4 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) rallied in the second half. Costello’s 33-yard scoring pass to Trenton Irwin with 3:24 remaining pulled Stanford to within 27-23, though Cardinal kicker Jet Toner missed the PAT attempt.

Washington caught a break on the Huskies’ next play, when Myles Gaskin fumbled at the end of a 10-yard run, and tight end Drew Sample recovered it at the Huskie 35. The Cardinal defense held, and Washington had to punt to Stanford, which started its last drive at its own 15 with 2:05 to play and no timeouts.

After Costello completed four straight passes, moving Stanford to the Huskie 35, he spiked the ball there with 10 seconds remaining. With two shots at the end zone, Costello’s first pass was incomplete; the second one was perfectly timed by Rapp, the Huskies’ third interception of the night.

Gaskin, the Huskies’ all-time leading rusher, gained 148 yards on 28 carries after returning from a shoulder injury.

Costello finished 29 of 43 for 347 passing yards, two touchdowns, and the three picks. Bryce Love carried 18 times for 71 yards, and Kaden Smith snared eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinal return home next Saturday to host Oregon State. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.