Still dancing: No. 11 seed Dayton into Elite 8

 

Dayton defeated Stanford eighty two-72 to advance to the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers have been pressing and passing, capturing and scoring. The waves by no means seemed to stop coming, with 10, eleven after which 12 gamers giving them high quality minutes.

An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply could not keep up.

The underdog Flyers – an 11 seed on this South Region – are actually in the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984 after an emphatic eighty two-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday evening.

"We had eleven guys rating within the sport and from prime to bottom, we stored coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "The best way they shared the ball and moved the ball.. it was a real workforce effort. It's good that on the most important stage, we acted like ourselves."

Jordan Sibert scored 18 factors and freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-excessive 12, as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn't significantly close after slipping by in the first two rounds. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining three-pointers, to assist the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.

Dayton confirmed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to put on down Stanford.

"They had been relentless," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "That's the best way I can put it."

No. 10 Stanford (23-thirteen) had the superior put up play, nevertheless it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 factors, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic – who fouled out with more than 5 minutes left – had 15.

Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the discipline of sixty eight, will play top total seed Florida on Saturday. The Gators beat UCLA seventy nine-sixty eight late Thursday night.

Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the sector, together with 4 of 9 from 3-level vary. He had loads of help, including from Pollard, a 6-foot-6 guard who frequently obtained to the basket and helped the Flyers stretch their lead within the first half.

"Folks have been doubting us and not giving us plenty of credit," Sibert mentioned. "I do know these guys. I know what coach needs. We all need to win. On the end of the day all of us need to be considered winners."

Pollard was averaging two factors per game, however Miller didn't hesitate to provide him large minutes once he bought scorching.

"This guy's a big-time winner," Miller stated. "He isn't afraid of anything."

Devin Oliver scored 12 factors and Matt Kavanaugh added 10. Dayton's bench had a 34-2 scoring advantage over Stanford.

The Flyers had been good in just about every side, capturing forty eight.three p.c (28 of 58) and dishing 19 assists on 28 area objectives.

They made nearly the whole lot they threw on the basket early. Scoochie Smith's corner three-pointer put the Flyers ahead 15-13 early and Stanford's Powell – who averages almost 14 points per game – was shortly banished to the bench with two fouls.

Foul bother was an early theme, and a much larger problem for Stanford.

The Cardinal rely on a six-man rotation. When the Flyers would lose a man to foul bother, they merely replaced him with someone who was simply as capable.

Issues went from unhealthy to worse for Stanford late within the first half. The Cardinal fell behind by double-digits and Dawkins was called for a technical foul. Dawkins said it was the correct name.

"I used to be simply more or less making an attempt to get my crew going," Dawkins said. "I thought we had been shedding momentum, we had already burned a timeout and it was a scenario the place I needed to get our guys fired up."

It didn't work.

Sibert nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to provide Dayton a 42-29 lead, though the Flyers had to settle for a forty two-32 halftime benefit.

Stanford made a comeback early in the second half – as well-known Cardinal supporters Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on – thanks to sturdy publish play.

But the Cardinal simply couldn't stay out of foul hassle. Nastic – who was main Stanford with 13 factors on the time – picked up his fourth foul with greater than thirteen minutes remaining and fouled out with more than 5 minutes left.

Stanford managed to tug inside sixty four-58 after Powell made the bucket and free throw after being fouled, but the Cardinal couldn't get any nearer. The Flyers merely kept sending waves at the Cardinal, scoring from inside and out in the last minutes.

Both groups had made impressive runs to make it so far. Dayton had knocked off in-state rival Ohio State and Syracuse whereas Stanford has dispatched increased-seeds New Mexico and Kansas.

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UConn No. 1 in Lincoln; Stanford draws No. 2

Connecticut has landed within the Lincoln Region as the top seed for the women's NCAA tournament, which begins Saturday.

The Huskies (34-zero) will likely be making an attempt for a document ninth NCAA title, which might break a tie with Tennessee for most all-time.

Fellow unbeaten Notre Dame (32-0) additionally picked up a No. 1 seed as host of the Notre Dame Area, with Tennessee drawing the top seed in the Louisville Area and South Carolina getting the No. 1 seed within the Stanford Area.

Notre Dame plays in opposition to Robert Morris on Saturday. UConn opens Sunday in opposition to No. sixteen Prairie View.

It units the stage for the former Massive East rivals to meet in an historic national championship game and is simply the second time two groups have entered the NCAA match undefeated.

In the event that they do both get to Nashville, the Irish can be all that stands between Geno Auriemma and a report ninth title.

"We actually have not talked, I wager hardly at all, about this national championship or what number it's or any of that," Auriemma stated.

Regardless of being the 13th girls's staff to go unbeaten throughout the regular season, the Irish have felt almost unappreciated with most of the talk centered on the Huskies. Coach Muffet McGraw does not appear to mind.

"I like it as a result of we are able to get a chip on our shoulder and head into the event with a bit of chip," she said.

Although UConn and Notre Dame didn't play this season, the two teams know plenty about one another having met 12 instances over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame is not intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have gained seven of the previous 9 meetings with the Huskies.

"It was very unusual to go through a complete season with out playing them, we're so used to it, 3 times yearly," McGraw stated. "We have gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years."

Earlier than the potential meeting of unbeatens, the 2 may need to go through SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina, who also earned No. 1 seeds.

Whereas it is the twenty second time that the Girl Vols have earned a high spot, it's the primary for the Gamecocks. The Huskies, Lady Vols and Gamecocks all may should play on an opponent's residence court docket with a trip to Nashville on the line. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska, who're all internet hosting regionals, had been a mixed fifty two-3 at residence this season.

The Lady Vols, who gained the SEC tournament championship, are the highest seed in the Louisville Regional and would also like nothing more than to interrupt the tie with Connecticut and win their ninth NCAA title. They open up against Northwestern State and will probably be trying to end a five-12 months drought of not making the Closing 4. The Girl Vols won't have an easy path. West Virginia is the second seed. Host Louisville is the three seed and Maryland is the four.

Tennessee was concerned in the one different meeting between unbeatens. The Lady Vols routed Liberty within the opener of the 1998 tournament when both have been undefeated.

Like their SEC rivals, South Carolina would not have an easy street to the Ultimate 4. The Gamecocks may face an inspired younger North Carolina group in the regional semifinals before potentially taking part in host Stanford.

The Tar Heels and their stellar freshman class, led by Diamond Deshields, beat the Gamecocks in December. The Tar Heels also might have coach Sylvia Hatchell again on the sidelines at that point. The Corridor of Famer battled leukemia throughout the common season.

Whereas Hatchell's status is unknown for the match, Baylor shall be lacking coach Kim Mulkey for the first game. She is suspended for the primary round sport against Western Kentucky for comments she made last season after shedding to Louisville within the regional semifinals.

"I have not talked to the workforce in depth about me not coaching in the first recreation," Mulkey stated. "I will watch it on television at dwelling… I at all times tell the workforce something might happen to me on that sideline and it's best to be able to coach your self."

Connecticut may have to beat host Nebraska in the regional semifinals if each groups make it that far.

The host faculties have been chosen in October. Tennessee did not bid to host a regional because of a scheduling conflict at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Auriemma mentioned his school did not bid as a result of he didn't just like the concept of getting colleges host regionals.

"I do not imagine in it," Auriemma said. "I do not think it is fair and I informed our administration, 'We're passing on it. I don't want to do it.' So we did not."

Louisville coach Jeff Walz also would not like the concept of host websites for the regional rounds. Walz cited Louisville's eighty two-eighty one upset of prime-ranked Baylor in last 12 months's Oklahoma Metropolis Regional semifinal as evidence.

"I exploit us as an example," Walz stated. "If we played Baylor at Baylor last yr, I am not sure we win that game.. I am an enormous proponent of enjoying regionals on neutral flooring and I'm excited that we will again to."

The choice to have schools host regionals was made in an effort to attract larger crowds.

Last season, the NCAA posted an average attendance of 5,883 for all event games, a 21-p.c improve over 2012. But the event had posted average attendances of a minimum of 6,400 every year from 1998-2005.

The common attendance for regional rounds last yr was 7,a hundred, a 38-% improve over 2012 but a far cry from 10 to fifteen years in the past. Average attendance within the regional rounds had been over 8,000 5 occasions in a seven-yr stretch from 1998-2004.

"I believe residence courts are a real a part of the women's event versus the men's event," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Next 12 months, the regionals will likely be back at impartial websites.

Auriemma has one idea for serving to these impartial sites draw massive crowds.

"We do have to search out, I believe, 4 cities which are hotbeds or probably, for ladies's basketball and we have got to offer them an opportunity to host the regionals, and give it to them for a few years at a time, instead of only a one-shot deal," Auriemma stated.

The Huskies have made it to the Closing Four in a file six straight seasons. They hope to make it to Nashville to maintain that streak alive.

If the Huskies do win the national championship it would be the fifth time they went undefeated in a season. This would be the first time that they gained 40 games, joining Baylor as the only teams ever to perform that feat.

The defending national champions have won games by an average of 36 points. They open up at home towards Prairie View A&M on Sunday evening. The Lady Panthers grew to become the ninth team to reach the NCAA event with a shedding file when they won the Southwestern Convention championship.

Tennessee will be making its 33rd straight look in the NCAA match, entering into the sector ever year. 5 teams will probably be making their first trip – Akron, North Dakota, South Dakota, Winthrop and Wright State.

Whereas these colleges will be getting their first taste of the NCAAs, Chattanooga's Jim Foster grew to become the first coach to take four totally different groups to the NCAA tournament.

 

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Johnson, Arizona survive Stanford threat

 
Arizona Survives Against Stanford
 

 

STANFORD, Calif. – For nearly nine minutes, Arizona made protective stop right after stop. For the reason that critical sequence, the top-ranked Wildcats kept Stanford scoreless and assisted preserve their own perfect begin to the season.This assured, unbeaten team believes it should be doing that every game. Regarding Arizona, 3 straight protective stops is called a "kill. "

Nick Manley kept Arizona's unblemished report going for one more game, striking a go-ahead 3-pointer along with 51 mere seconds remaining and two free of charge throws along with 5. eight seconds still left as Arizona survived to get a 60-57 triumph Wednesday evening for its school-record 21st directly win.

"We're an outstanding defensive group. It isn't as if we changed any scheme; we simply buckled lower and had plenty of players playing very hard, and our capability to hold these to what we did is a huge reason we won. Our own defense earned the game tonight, " Arizona coach Sean Miller stated. "No query we have to carry out better on offense and have to be well informed at the collection. "After Manley hit a jumper in the middle of the key along with 2: thirty six remaining to make it 55-53, Dwight Powell answered on a baseline drive along with 1: 21 to go before Johnson delivered once more.

Johnson completed with sixteen points, 5 rebounds plus four helps, and To. J. McConnell added eleven points, 8 rebounds and four helps for Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), off to the program's best start in conference play in more than the usual decade.

Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division We, joining Number 2 Syracuse, which furthermore won Wednesday night. Fourth-ranked Wichita State hasn't lost, either.Powell plus Josh Huestis each obtained 13 factors for Stanford (13-7, 4-4), which outshot Arizona 37 percent in order to 36 percent.

"For 38 mins, I thought we were right there, " Stanford trainer Johnny Dawkins said. "Credit Arizona to make the plays they had for making at the end. Computer chip Johnson upgrading, whether on the foul line or regardless of whether it was the 3-point container late. I have watched lots of tape of these; he's done it all yr. "

Johnson missed a free toss with twenty-eight seconds left, and Stanford called a timeout. Huestis missed a 3 from the left side and Aaron Gordon guaranteed the come back, but he also missed a free throw, giving the particular Cardinal 1 final photo.

Chasson Randle skipped a long 3 just before the last buzzer with regard to Stanford.

After a 3-pointer by Huestis with 10: 03 leftover, Stanford did not score once again until Powell's layin at 1: twenty one – plus Powell missed two free of charge throws from 4: 36 that would have put his team forward.

"That's what we should have done the whole online game. We arrived a little lackadaisical, and after that people turned up when the sense of emergency turned up, and after that we kind of locked down, " Gordon said. "It was great to come on the highway and get a win, whether or not we earned by twenty or all of us won simply by three such as we do. "

Arizona, ranked No . one for a school-record eighth consecutive week, overrode a slower start on the best way to an eighth straight earn against Stanford.

The Cardinal defeat two Best 25 groups already with victories in then-No. 10 Connecticut and at then-No. 17 Oregon earlier this month.

Although not this time, given their challenges in the waning moments in Maples Pavilion, which hosted a Number 1 mens team initially since losing 72-69 in order to Arizona upon March 1, 2003.

The Wildcats had a large contingent associated with fans within the crowd cheering, "U of A! U of the! "

Anthony Brown beat the halftime buzzer with a container to put Stanford ahead 31-30. Arizona had trailed from halftime several times already this year only to produce a big second half.

Arizona is usually on this type of roll that the players expect to win, even if they might not be at their finest in an aggressive environment.

"One from the things we have to do is usually play defense at a high level more consistently, and I think that will assist us out a lot, " forward Brandon Ashley stated. "When we were down, we all weren't thinking of being straight down. For any group to be competitive, at any level, you need to be confident within yourself. inch

Stanford's last home win towards a No . 1 group came towards Arizona, 82-74, on February. 4, 1988.

Stanford’s Shaw not looking to move up to NFL

 

David Shaw appreciates the roses you sent but he's not interested
David Shaw appreciates the roses you despatched but he's not interested. (USATSI)

 

Stanford coach David Shaw has heard his identify mentioned as a candidate for plenty of open jobs, both in college and on the NFL level. And each time he is been requested about these jobs Shaw has made it fairly clear he's not excited by leaving Stanford.

Properly, it's Black Monday within the NFL, and as of publication of this put up, five NFL jobs came open, so after all Shaw was requested about his curiosity in those jobs. In short, he has none.

"I have no want to pursue one other job," Shaw advised Sports activities Illustrated's Pete Thamel.

Now, whereas that ought to put an finish to any hypothesis, everyone knows that it will not as a result of these are teaching search rumors we're coping with here. They don't abide by the laws of logic and reason, but by the laws of boosters and agents across the nation.

So you'll be able to bet David Shaw shall be requested about another teaching job once more sooner or later this winter, whether or not he has any want to reply the query or not.

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Randle-led Stanford upsets No. 10 UConn

Stanford Shocks UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. – Stanford finally has a trademark win. UConn has its 1st loss.

Chasson Randle scored 22 points, as well as the Cardinal upset the 10th-ranked Huskies 53-51 on Wednesday night.

It was the first earn for Stanford (8-2) against the top-25 team away from Palo Elevado since the 2008 NCAA tournament. The particular Cardinal’s previous seven wins this year came over teams that were the combined 32-41.

“I think it’s an important earn for our conference, ” Stanford trainer Johnny Dawkins said, referring to the particular Pac-12. “A number of teams have experienced some real signature wins, plus I’m just happy that we could have one as well. ”

Josh Huestis added thirteen points and Dwight Powell acquired 10 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford, which overcame the 10-point halftime deficit.

DeAndre Daniels had fifteen points for UConn (9-1), that was 6-of-10 from behind the arch in the first half and 0-for-12 in the second.

Randle’s jump shot with a few 1/2 minutes left gave the particular Cardinal a 52-49 lead. The particular Huskies pulled within a point whenever Daniels tipped in a missed 3-point attempt by Niels Giffey.

But Shabazz Napier missed three shots in the last 40 seconds with a chance to place the Huskies ahead. He gave up a possibility on UConn’s final possession, moving the ball to Omar Calhoun, whose 3-pointer from the right side bounced off the rim.

“I felt like Omar was your most open guy at the time, inch Napier said. “I felt like it had been going to go in, and I bet this individual did, too. ”

Napier, who finished along with 12 points and eight aids, missed two 3-pointers on a essential possession with the Huskies trailing 52-51. Stanford got the ball back again with 28 seconds left following a scrum underneath the basket.

Napier fouled Huestis within the inbounds play, and he hit 1 of 2 free throws.

Napier, who beat Florida having a jumper at the buzzer earlier this particular month, missed another shot along with 8 seconds left, forcing UConn to foul again.

He got the basketball back on a rebound after Huestis missed another free throw. He or she dribbled down the court, but instead associated with trying a contested shot, he or she passed to Calhoun.

UConn led by ten points at halftime and pressed the lead to 43-30 before consecutive 3-pointers by Anthony Brown plus Randle. That started a 14-0 run by the Cardinal, who utilized a stifling zone defense to keep the Huskies without a field objective for more than six minutes. The Huskies were just 5-of-31 from the industry in the second half.

“It was just a issue of us being aggressive on the protective end, ” Randle said. “Just being active, getting our fingers moving, getting our feet shifting, and getting our feet moving and hustling. ”

A driving basket and free of charge throw by Randle gave Stanford its first lead of the 2nd half at 44-43.

“Our guys really walked up on the defensive end, inch Dawkins said.

Napier’s jumper from the lane place UConn back on top 45-44 along with just more than 10 minutes left, as well as the teams went back and forth.

The Huskies shut the half on a 14-3 operate that ended when Napier took the ball from Randle plus found Lasan Kromah ahead of the industry for an easy layup just before buzzer.

UConn proceeded to go in shooting better than 46 % from beyond the arc, along with five players having made ten or more 3-pointers.

The loss snapped a 54-game house winning streak against nonconference competitors that dated to 2007.

Connecticut was arriving off its annual hiatus intended for final exams. The Huskies hadn’t played in 12 days, given that a 95-68 win over Maine, a casino game in which UConn hit 14 3-pointers.

Stanford finished a 13-day break Saturday having a 27-point win over UC Davis.

UConn plays with Washington, another Pac-12 team, upon Saturday. UConn has dominated that will conference; going into Wednesday, the Huskies were 17-2 and had won thirteen straight since falling to UCLA in the 1995 NCAA West Local championship.

Stanford’s two losses came early within the season, at home to BYU and also to Pittsburgh in the Legends Classic upon Nov. 26 in Brooklyn. The particular Cardinal return to the Barclays Middle to face Michigan on Saturday.

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No. 1 UConn easily controls No. 3 Stanford

Mosqueda-Lewis Damage In UConn’s Win

 

STORRS, Conn. – Geno Auriemma was hoping for an early season test for his top-ranked Connecticut Huskies. He simply did not need it to come on the worth of dropping his All-America ahead.

Bria Hartley had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to assist No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 3 Stanford 76-fifty seven on Monday night.

Kiah Stokes added 10 points, thirteen rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (2-zero), who bought a scare early within the second half when preseason All-America Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went down attempting for a rebound.

She landed awkwardly on her proper elbow and was down screaming in pain for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room. Auriemma wasn’t positive how badly his star was damage.

“They’re simply going to maintain evaluating her (Tuesday) and see how she responds,” Auriemma stated. “They actually don’t know anything right now. She landed with her palm on the ground then when her arm bent her elbow hit the floor. There are two separate things she’s attempting to figure out.”

The injury didn’t slow down the Huskies, who were in the middle of a 22-6 run that spanned the halves.

Morgan Tuck, her substitute, scored eight straight points, together with two three-pointers, to make it 53-32 with 13:19 left. Stanford couldn’t get closer than 15 factors the remainder of the way in which.

Amber Orrange scored a profession-excessive 22 factors to steer the Cardinal (1-1). Chiney Ogwumike added 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Stanford got little other offense.

“I believe this sort of let our staff know we’re 20 factors away,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “How do you make that up. We gave up too many ‘O’ boards for baskets. We despatched them to free throw line for no cause. We have to do little things accurately and deal with that for the remainder of the season.”

The Huskies should hope that Mosqueda-Lewis is not injured too badly. They’ve a busy week forward with a trip to No. eight Maryland on Friday earlier than a recreation at No. thirteen Penn State on Sunday.

“It looks as if these three video games usually are not exactly teams which can be going to allow you to do what you want to do. It’s tough. Possibly it’s purported to be difficult,” Auriemma mentioned. “Final 12 months was very simple in the beginning. We went down won by a bunch and the whole lot was going easily. This one’s not going to go smoothly. This one is hard.”

The Cardinal and Huskies have had numerous massive video games over the past few seasons. Final yr UConn snapped Stanford’s eighty two-recreation unbeaten run at Maples Pavilion with a simple sixty one-35 victory. Two years earlier the Cardinal stopped the Huskies’ NCAA record 90-sport successful streak. They also met within the Closing Four or NCAA championship game three straight years from 2008-10.

Lots much less was on the line Monday night. The game received off to a sluggish start with each teams missing open shots.

The teams combined to overlook 14 of their first 16 area goal attempts. To make matters worse for the Huskies, preseason All-America Breanna Stewart picked up two fast fouls and sat out the rest of the half. In stepped Stokes.

The 6-foot-3 junior was dominant on both ends of the court docket. Blocking photographs, grabbing rebounds and hitting free throws, Stanford had no reply for her.

UConn led 31-26 with 2:28 left within the half earlier than scoring the final eight factors of the period. Stokes received the run began with a turnaround jumper. She completed the first half with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks and helped the Huskies pull away to a 39-26 lead.

“Kiah performed the most effective game she’s performed since she’s been at Connecticut,” Auriemma said. “She was unbelievably good in just about every space. I hope that’s the beginning of something that changes our crew tremendously.”

Stanford couldn’t muster a lot offense moreover Ogwumike and Orrange. The two combined for 22 of the crew’s 26 factors on the half. They had been 9 for 16 from the sphere whereas the remainder of the crew was simply 2 for 19.

“We’ll be a distinct staff come December, March, April. The purpose is to develop from this experience,” Ogwumike said. “This team (UConn) is the standard. Take that as motivation to get better all year long.”

With the loss, VanDerveer remained 5 victories wanting changing into the fifth coach to succeed in 900. She’s attempting to join Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.

This was Stanford’s first journey to Connecticut’s campus since 1993. The Cardinal gained that game 68-54. The groups have performed their other video games in Connecticut in Hartford.

The Huskies celebrated last season’s eighth national championship one final time by unveiling a banner commemorating the title they gained in New Orleans.

 

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Thomas: Oregon to ‘put up 40′ on Stanford

On The Mark: Large Week Ahead

 

Oregon working again De’Anthony Thomas doesn’t count on Stanford to derail the Ducks’ nationwide championship hopes for the second 12 months in a row.

Oregon I really feel like,
this workforce, we should at the very least put up forty.

- Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

Last yr, Oregon misplaced its solely recreation of the season 17-14 in additional time to Stanford. But Thomas is confident this yr’s workforce will not be held to two touchdowns.

“I do not assume so,” Thomas informed Oregon’s official website. “I really feel like, this group, we should at the least put up forty.”

Slowing down Oregon’s offense would be the high precedence for Stanford when the fifth-ranked Cardinal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) host No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-zero) on Thursday evening in a matchup of the winners of the past 4 Pac-12 championships.

Oregon is averaging fifty five.6 points per recreation, the second-greatest in the nation, whereas Stanford is allowing 19.four factors per recreation.

To upset the Geese again, Stanford must shut down not only Thomas, who averages greater than 7 yards per carry, but also versatile quarterback Marcus Mariota, who averages more than 9.

Virtually every week, Stanford coach David Shaw delegates a backup quarterback to the scout staff in practice who can finest simulate the upcoming opponent. Not this week.

Shaw’s seek for any person on the roster to imitate Mariota and Oregon’s up-tempo offense was deemed a misplaced cause. There’s no one who may even come shut.

“Now we have to signal any person,” he joked.

In 21 begins, Mariota has put up online game-like numbers against practically every team he has confronted. That’s, apart from Stanford.

Final season’s loss to Stanford is Mariota’s solely loss of his career. Stanford’s victory ended then-No. 1 Oregon’s three-yr run as conference champion and dashed the Ducks’ nationwide championship desires – not to point out Mariota’s possibilities for the Heisman Trophy.

“If our guys use last yr as a motivational issue to observe tougher.. we’ll take it,” coach Mark Helfrich advised Oregon’s official site. “Any external motivation that was used to organize, nice.”

Duplicating final season’s efficiency is likely to be even more durable for Stanford.

Mariota has thrown for two,281 yards and 20 touchdowns and run for 587 yards and 9 TDs this season. He is completing sixty four percent of his passes and, perhaps most impressively, has not thrown an interception. The last time he was picked off was throughout last season’s meeting with the Cardinal.

“I thought last year he was the very best quarterback within the nation, and I feel the identical means this yr,” Shaw stated. “I do not care about stats. Stats don’t imply something. You watch the movie, you see a kid that makes every throw. Every throw is correct. Twenty touchdowns and no interceptions? Each ball is perfect, each ball is in stride, every ball there is no wobble on it. Every thing’s fairly.

“As a former receiver, you all the time recognize that, a man that simply throws a fairly ball. After which when no one’s open, he just takes off and outruns everybody. You’re designing a quarterback, that is what you need.”

The secret to Stanford’s success against Mariota stays considerably of a thriller.

The Cardinal credit score a bodily, hole-plugging three-four scheme beneath defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who emphasizes essentially the most fundamental fundamentals: tackling and discipline. Since shedding 27-21 at Utah on Oct. 12, Stanford has shut down Brett Hundley and UCLA (10 points) and Sean Mannion and Oregon State (12 factors) in back-to-again victories.

Now the Cardinal hope to make it three in a row with Mariota up subsequent.

“He is a fantastic participant. He’ll make some plays. However we can’t just let him take the ball, read what we’re doing,” mentioned linebacker A.J. Tarpley, who intercepted Mariota last season. “We wish to try and combine it up a bit of bit, whether or not that is attacking him, try to show something that appears like one thing but it surely’s truly something else. We’ll combine it up. We don’t need them to get in their rhythm. As a result of as soon as they do this, you’ll be able to’t stop them.”

Within the first 10 video games earlier than final season’s meeting, the Ducks seemed unstoppable beneath Mariota. Oregon led the Soccer Bowl Subdivision with 54.8 factors per recreation and never scored fewer than forty two.

Mariota accomplished 21 of 37 passes for 207 yards, one landing and the one interception towards Stanford. Apart from a 77-yard run in the first quarter, Mariota netted only 12 yards dashing, usually wanting flustered underneath heavy strain.

“I believe a lot times we have been hesitating a bit bit and we have been not sure of among the fronts we have been seeing,” Mariota mentioned. “That’s the stuff we’re actually going to have to scrub up.”

One of many staples of Stanford’s protection is also what Mariota avoids most: turnovers.

Stanford has forced a turnover in 33 straight games, the second-longest streak within the country. Being the first team to make Mariota throw an interception this season is a challenge Stanford is aware of will be tough, however it’s additionally one it’ll embrace.

“It is time,” cornerback Alex Carter said, “for him to throw one.”

Stanford’s harm-depleted defense acquired a lift Monday with news that defensive finish Henry Anderson will play towards Oregon.

Anderson has been out since mid-September. Stanford’s other beginning end, Ben Gardner, is out for the rest of the season.

Josh Mauro, who replaced Anderson while he was out, now will fill Gardner’s spot.

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Thomas: Oregon should ‘put up 40′ vs. Stanford

De'Anthony Thomas has confidence in Oregon's ability to score against Stanford. (USATSI)
De’Anthony Thomas has confidence in Oregon’s potential to attain against Stanford. (USATSI)

Last season, Oregon’s offense was flying high heading into their November matchup with then-No. 14 ranked Stanford. The Ducks entered that recreation averaging 54.eight points per game, building a ten-0 report by outscoring opponents 348-90 in the first half.

At the finish of the primary half in Eugene, Stanford and Oregon had been tied 7-7.

So naturally one of many fundamental stories heading into Thursday night time’s rematch has been whether or not or not Stanford can once again slow the game down and limit Oregon’s opportunities to attain. In accordance with operating again De’Anthony Thomas, the 2013 Geese should have no trouble discovering the tip zone.

“I feel we are a better team, only a new generation of gamers,” Thomas instructed GoDucks.com. “We’ve got a whole lot of guys that can contribute to the offense and that is what makes this offense to dynamic.”

Thomas was then asked if he thought Stanford may maintain the Ducks offense to 14 points – Oregon’s total from the 2012 loss.

“I do not assume so,” Thomas replied. “I really feel like this team, we should always at least put up forty.”

Thomas’ comment was relayed to Stanford coach David Shaw on Monday. Shaw, who earlier within the day questioned if the 10-level spread was too low, didn’t have a problem with the comment.

Stanford’s protection does enter the sport banged up, which is never preferrred playing the Geese. Nevertheless, the Oregon game is expected to mark the return of defensive end Henry Anderson. The 6-6 senior has not played since struggling a knee damage in September, and his return could not come at a greater time after the lack of Ben Gardner to a season-ending pectoral harm.

While the matchup of Oregon’s offense and Stanford’s defense will be a serious focus leading up to the showdown, the Cardinal will not be able to tug the upset off without some sustained drives on offense. With the Ducks allowing simply 3.forty one yards per keep on the ground and permitting opponents to convert third downs at a 33.1 percent charge (each Prime 20 nationwide rankings), Stanford will want considered one of their best offensive performances of the season as well to pull the upset.

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Utah shocks No. 5 Stanford with late stand

Utah Stuns No. 5 Stanford

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SALT LAKE CITY – Travis Wilson weaved his means by the sea of crimson, torn between retreating to the locker room and celebrating this signature win with the Utah devoted that had stormed the sphere.

Like he actually had a choice, particularly after the enthusiastic crowd lifted him up.

That is what happens after a quarterback helps orchestrate the most important upset at house in class historical past and probably the most vital victory Utah has had since transferring to the Pac-12 three years ago. The Utes made a aim-line stand within the ultimate minute and Wilson threw two TD passes in a 27-21 victory in opposition to No. 5 Stanford on Saturday.

It was the first time in class history the Utes (four-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a prime-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.

“Great win,” Wilson merely stated. “Our plan was excellent tonight.”

Not surprisingly, the fans rushed the sphere after the ultimate gun. The ring leader? Defensive finish Trevor Reilly.

“I used to be waving them on, saying, ‘Let’s go!’ ” Reilly stated. “We got here via tonight.”

The protection definitely did.

Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6 with a minute remaining. On third down, he threw an incomplete pass to Charlie Hopkins. Then, on fourth down, amid heavy stress, Hogan overthrew Devon Cajuste.

The Utes took a knee twice to end the sport, together with the 13-sport profitable streak of Stanford (5-1, 3-1).

Travis Wilson

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Utah fans hoist quarterback Travis Wilson into the air after the group ended No. 5 Stanford’s thirteen-recreation winning streak Saturday.

“They’re good. They’ve all the time been good and we simply weren’t adequate,” Stanford coach David Shaw stated. “That is as well as I’ve seen Utah play on the offensive side. They really strung issues collectively.”

Utah kept Stanford’s stingy defense off stability all day with a mix of attracts and extensive receiver screens. Dres Anderson caught a fifty one-yard TD move and scored one other on a short run. Bubba Poole finished with 111 yards speeding and had another 75 on seven catches.

Ty Montgomery returned a kickoff for a touchdown for a second straight week. This time, Montgomery took the ball just a few steps deep ultimately zone and darted by the Utes earlier than going a hundred yards, tying a Stanford file.

Cajuste made a diving catch on a fade route to trim the Utah lead to 27-21 with 9:22 remaining, but the Cardinal could not complete the comeback.

“It appears to be that our factor as a group this yr is toughness,” Reilly said. “I feel that was personified there on the last stand.”

Every week after throwing six interceptions, Wilson showed more poise in the pocket. His only mistake was on a display screen, when his pass was tipped and picked off by Joe Hemschoot.

Wilson finished 23 of 34 for 234 yards. He minimize his throwing hand on a hard sort out early in the third quarter, repeatedly wiping the highest of it on his towel. However the harm didn’t seem to have an effect on his contact. Neither did these interceptions.

“He is a resilient child. Powerful as nails,” coach Kyle Whittingham stated. “We had a feeling he was going to return again and play like he did tonight. Bottom line, he bounced again. He’s got plenty of competitive spirit.”

Utah showed its spunk, bouncing again from an in depth loss last week to UCLA.

“We weren’t able to make the plays (last week),” Whittingham said. “The difference tonight, we were able to make those plays.”

Stanford struggled on offense within the second half, turning the ball over twice on fumbles with Reilly recovering both. The Utes turned those into discipline objectives by Andy Phillips. Phillips, a former U.S. ski team member, is eleven for 11 this season.

Hogan dropped to 10-1 as a starter.

It was every week stuffed with controversy for Stanford after Washington coach Steve Sarkisian accused the Cardinal of faking injuries to slow down the tempo, leaving Stanford’s Shaw to vigorously defend his program.

That wasn’t a problem. Stopping Utah in the first half was.

Utah went on a season-lengthy 99-yard drive in the second quarter, culminating with Anderson’s 3-yard score on an end-around. It gave Utah a 21-14 at halftime.

It was a day of firsts for the Stanford protection, which hadn’t allowed a gap quarter TD all season till Saturday. Karl Williams scored on a 4-yard pass from Wilson on Utah’s opening drive and Anderson later hauled in a fifty one-yard cross from Wilson. It was Anderson’s fifth play of 50 or extra yards this season.

Montgomery joins Bob Bryan (1950 against San Francisco) and Damon Dunn (1994 at Arizona State) with 100-yard kickoff returns for Stanford.

Final week, Montgomery had a ninety nine-yard TD return to open the game in opposition to Washington. Montgomery completed with three returns for one hundred sixty yards towards Utah.

“Utah performed their hearts out,” Montgomery mentioned.
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Stanford coach hotly denies faking injuries

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford coach David Shaw fired again at Washington’s Steve Sarkisian over allegations that the Cardinal faked accidents in its 31-28 win towards Washington on Saturday, even going as far to call the Huskies coach “unprofessional.”

“We do not faux accidents. We by no means have and we by no means will,” Shaw said Tuesday. “And I don’t care what Steve Sarkisian thinks that he saw.”

Shaw first made the comments on the Pac-12 teleconference, then repeated them with local media about forty five minutes later. They got here in response to Sarkisian’s accusations, which got here throughout a postgame radio interview.

“Their line of defense coach (Randy Hart) was telling them to sit down,” Sarkisian stated on KJR 950-AM. “I suppose that’s how we play right here at Stanford, so we’ll have to arrange for that subsequent time.”

Hart spent 21 seasons at Washington starting in 1988 and has coached faculty soccer yearly since 1970, including the final 4 seasons at Stanford. Hart’s departure from Washington coincided with the arrival of Sarkisian.

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We do not fake accidents. We never have and we by no means will. I do not condone it, we don’t educate it, I don’t enable it. And I do not care what Steve Sarkisian thinks that he noticed. We’ve never carried out it. We did not do it towards Oregon. So why in the world would we do it against Washington?

- Stanford coach David Shaw

“I believe it is unprofessional to name out an assistant coach on another workforce. It was unprofessional; it was disrespectful,” Shaw said. “The one D-line coach that I know of that is ever instructed players to fake an injury works on the College of Washington, not at Stanford.

“That’s not calling a person out, that is stating a truth.”

Shaw’s reference was to Washington line of defense coach Tosh Lupoi, who was suspended for a recreation in 2010, while at Cal, after admitting to teaching the technique in a recreation towards Oregon.

Shaw also took offense to the second half of Sarkisian’s comment regarding how Stanford plays.

“How we play right here at Stanford is averaging five and a half penalties a game. We’re one of the least penalized teams in the nation,” he stated. “How we play right here at Stanford has led to three BCS bowl games in a row, a Pac-12, a Rose Bowl and an Orange Bowl championship and 100% graduation fee.

“We’re one of the vital properly-respected programs in the nation. I’m not going to place that on the road simply to beat Washington.”

When requested if he had spoken with Sarkisian since Saturday, Shaw had no comment.

Two of the players accused of faking injuries, defensive end Ben Gardner (arm) and linebacker Shayne Skov (knee) are still coping with the accidents they suffered in the game, Shaw stated. Skov underwent an MRI after the game and didn’t follow Monday.

Shaw said his pointed defense was executed to protect his program, coaches and gamers.

“I am not even offended at (Sarkisian),” Shaw stated. “Simply think he crossed the line. May see him tomorrow and say hello. But I’m going to defend what we do.”

Sarkisian was requested about Shaw’s feedback afterward the Pac-12 call.

“We noticed what we noticed, and we’ll go away it at that,” he mentioned. “I feel two affordable folks can disagree on something and move ahead.”

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Fourth torn ACL spells the end of Andy Brown’s star-crossed Stanford career

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When Stanford forward Andy Brown suffered his third ACL tear in 18 months in 2010, he called it one of the lowest points of his life.

His frustration must be even greater three years later now that he has sustained a fourth.

Stanford announced Wednesday evening that Brown’s college career is over after he tore his right ACL on Tuesday morning during a team workout. The previous three ACL tears Brown suffered between Jan. 2009 and August 2010 were all in his left knee.

“I just want to thank all of my teammates and coaches during the past four years who have always been there to support and encourage me,” Brown said in a statement. “I never would have been able to battle back through these injuries without their help. Even though this is a difficult way to end my career, I feel grateful to have been able to wear a Stanford uniform and contribute to such a great program and university. I will do everything I can to help the team from the sideline this year.”

Stanford will miss Brown’s leadership, hustle and scoring punch off the bench next season, but this injury is far more heartbreaking for the player than his team. Someone with the work ethic and heart Brown has displayed battling back from his first three ACL tears deserved a better outcome than having his career end as a result of a fourth.

The son of a college football player and an All-American women’s volleyball star, Brown grew up excelling in baseball, soccer and basketball but he eventually focused exclusively on hoops because it was the sport he enjoyed the most. He became a good enough prospect at prestigious Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif. that he received scholarship offers from many of the West Coast’s top programs, eventually selecting Stanford over Arizona.

He viewed his first ACL tear as a minor setback even though it cost him the second half of his senior season at Mater Dei. He approached his second ACL tear as a chance to add muscle and better prepare himself for college basketball even though it happened on the very first day of practice at Stanford his freshman year. And he refused to let his third ACL tear end his playing days either even though doctors could not guarantee him the knee wouldn’t give way again.

Sure enough, Brown achieved his goal of returning to the floor, making his college debut during Stanford’s run to the NIT championship in March 2012 and becoming a key player off the bench for last year’s Cardinal team. He averaged 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds and shot a team-best 48.5 percent from the floor.

As you might expect from a player of Brown’s character, he won’t let his fourth ACL tear keep him from contributing to Stanford’s quest to reach the NCAA tournament next March for the first time in Johnny Dawkins’ six-year tenure. He has pledged to provide leadership and encouragement from the sideline as he works toward a Master’s in communication after receiving his undergraduate degree in communication last month.

“Everyone associated with our program is saddened by Andy’s latest injury,” Dawkins said in a statement. “Nobody has worked harder to get back into playing shape, having already experienced three tears and waiting two full years before putting on a uniform. What makes this even more disappointing is Andy had already passed the initial test of getting back on the court. He was a highly-productive player for our team last year and we were fully counting on him to be a key contributor again this season.”