Sometimes, it's just not your night.
In a game that ran completely counter to how each team has played the rest of the season, the Stanford Cardinal routed the Oregon Ducks, 76-52, at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto.
Given that Oregon has gotten off to bad starts and managed to overcome them all, they were probably due for one of these. It was disappointing that Oregon's front line was so thoroughly dominated by Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell, who had 13 rebounds each, but Stanford was otherworldly on both ends of the floor. Stanford, the worst shooting team in the league, shot 52% from the floor and 57% from three. Meanwhile, Oregon shot 34% from the floor, 25% from three, and a very uncharacteristic 57% from the line. It was also obvious how the Ducks missed Dominic Artis, committing 21 turnovers while having only four assists.
It was a bad loss, but it was ultimately just one loss. The Ducks still have a defacto two-game lead on Arizona and ASU at the top of the conference. Far more important than this lone result will be how they respond. If the Ducks win at Cal, they have managed a split on the road, which is all you have to do to win a conference championship. Dana Altman will chew them out for their effort, but, ultimately, this is a game where you burn the game film and do better the next time. It's not the result, but the response to the result, that will have ramifications going forward.