Stanford (3-4, 0-0 Pac-12) traveled to the Bahamas to compete within the Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving break. With potential contests in opposition to numerous ranked groups from across the nation, together with former Stanford participant Harrison Ingram’s No. 14 North Carolina (5-1, 0-0 ACC), the Cardinal sought to show themselves forward of Stanford’s shift to the Atlantic Coast Convention.
After three days of back-to-back matches, the Cardinal walked away with three straight losses. The matches in opposition to No. 20 Arkansas (4-3, 0-0 SEC) and Michigan (4-3, 0-0 Massive Ten) had been shut contests finally determined within the closing seconds, whereas the loss in opposition to Northern Iowa (2-4, 0-0 MVC) got here with a disappointing deficit.
Stanford vs. Arkansas
Day one of many match for the Cardinal featured a match in opposition to No. 20 Arkansas.
After 4 collective turnovers on each groups, graduate pupil guard Jared Bynum drove right into a busy lane for a layup, breaking Stanford’s early drought practically three minutes into the match. This hustle on the ground just isn’t unusual for the participant out of Windfall, as he’s no stranger to driving into the paint in opposition to a number of defenders to make robust pictures and passes. He closed the match with 13 factors and eight assists.
Fifth-year ahead Spencer Jones and senior ahead Brandon Angel returned to the courtroom after sitting out as a result of accidents, and each contributed factors early for the Cardinal. The primary half featured a whole lot of back-and-forth between the groups, with the most important margin at simply 5 factors. Arkansas led 22-20 at halftime.
The Cardinal opened the second half with a 18-7 run, producing the most important lead of the match — 9 factors. Bynum and Jones spearheaded the trouble with a mixed 13 factors. Jones was the one participant with notable efficiency on the perimeter, going 4 for 5 within the interval. Bynum missed the final try from the arc within the interval, sending the match into time beyond regulation with each groups tied at 59 apiece.
Stanford produced two slams within the first time beyond regulation to take care of a good margin with Arkansas’s foul pictures. Graduate guard Michael Jones acquired his fifth foul with simply 0:04 left, initiating the Cardinal’s most pivotal sub of the sport: Michael Jones for sophomore guard Benny Gealer. Gealer weaved via a good transition protection into the frontcourt and lobbed the ball from deep for a buzzer beater, sending the match into double time beyond regulation at 66-all. These had been Gealer’s solely factors of the night time however a very powerful for the crew.
A group of journeys to the free-throw line saved the Cardinal in play within the second time beyond regulation. However with each set of made free-throws got here a jumper or layup from Arkansas in response. Down three with 0:07 left within the recreation, Stanford missed two makes an attempt on the perimeter and confronted its first lack of the match, 74-77.
Spencer Jones led the night time in scoring with 27 factors, capturing 50% from each the sphere and the arc. The Cardinal’s anticipated point-makers had a much less productive night time: junior ahead Maxime Raynaud, Michael Jones and freshman guard Andrej Stojakovic mixed for under 20 factors.
Stanford vs. Michigan
Stanford returned to the courtroom Thursday for an additional shut match in opposition to Michigan, who misplaced to Memphis (5-1, 0-0 AAC) on Wednesday. This was the sixth time the Cardinal competed in opposition to the Wolverines in program historical past.
Stanford opened the match with a 12-2 run within the first 5 minutes. Each Angel and Spencer Jones contributed to this run, returning to the beginning lineup for the primary time collectively since Nov. 10 in opposition to Sac State (2-5, 0-0 Massive Sky). Michael Jones adopted with back-to-back contested threes, sparing Stanford in moments of offensive hesitation. He ended the sport with 16 factors, going 4-7 from the perimeter and forcing three turnovers.
The Cardinal demonstrated good crew basketball, with 20 of 30 discipline objectives assisted by numerous gamers — 12 of 17 within the first half and eight of 13 within the second. Nonetheless, Michigan led by one at halftime, 44-45.
Michael Jones maintained depth with a solo 8-0 run for Stanford to open the second half, all factors assisted by Bynum. However Michigan responded with seven factors to tie it up at 52-all early within the half. The Wolverines pushed forward with a 9-2 run, producing a 13-point lead. Stanford caught as much as the main opponent late within the half with three from Bynum.
Nevertheless, Bynum’s solo efforts had been no match for the Wolverines’ jumpers and foul pictures. Michigan handed Stanford a loss in one other shut contest, 83-78.
Regardless of the loss, Thursday was a well-rounded night time of scoring for Stanford’s starters. Bynum had a stellar night time, reaching a career-high 22 factors and going 5 for eight from the arc. He additionally contributed six assists, a steal and a block.
Raynaud and Angel had been the remaining gamers to attain within the doubles, with 14 and 11 respectively.
Stanford vs. Northern Iowa
Stanford’s closing probability at a win got here and went in opposition to Northern Iowa on Friday. The Panthers had been swept by North Carolina and misplaced by two to Texas Tech (5-1, 0-0 Massive 12) beforehand within the match.
The Cardinal’s manufacturing on either side faltered from the get-go. The dearth of response on offense to varied runs from Northern Iowa mixed with the lack to maintain the Panthers at bay on protection made for an unsuccessful night time for the Cardinal. Northern Iowa held a big lead heading into halftime, 49-27.
Stanford discovered zero luck closing the hole, as Northern Iowa maintained a 19-point lead or higher your entire half. Ultimately, the Cardinal confronted a brutal defeat in its closing match within the Bahamas, 51-73.
Exterior of shut contests with a one-to-two-possessions distinction in scoring, Stanford hasn’t seen such a low-scoring, giant deficit since its loss 43-66 at then-No. 7 UCLA on Jan. 29, 2022. Even then, it was a top-10 opponent on their home-turf, so such an end result may be anticipated.
General, the Battle 4 Atlantis was a disappointing run for the Cardinal, who took final place within the match. Their consistency has been questionable, from Spencer Jones being a wild card for the lineup recreation after recreation to scorers having unbelievable manufacturing one night time and nothing to indicate for it the subsequent.
Nevertheless, some good got here from the journey: Bynum’s 19 assists over the three matches introduced his tally within the season to 48. He presently leads the nation in whole assists this season and is second in assists per recreation.
Wanting forward, Stanford has three non-conference video games remaining — San Diego (5-2, 0-0 WCC), Idaho (3-3, 0-0 Massive Sky) and San Diego State (5-1, 0-0 Mountain West) — earlier than the Pac-12 schedule is in full swing. The crew returns house to face San Diego on Sunday. Tip-off is ready for 4 p.m. PT.