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Lombardi's Look: Crossroads After Beating Cal

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It wasn't technically a must-win game, but Stanford's 69-59 triumph over California on Saturday was critical for a program in uncertain waters. The Cardinal came through behind an aggressive effort on both ends of the floor, but now they're tasked with consistently maintaining their solid level of play.

The stretch of truth has arrived for Johnny Dawkins' team: is the Stanford basketball program running on a treadmill or a track? Saturday's 69-59 victory over California represented forward progress. Now, Stanford must finally discover what's been so elusive in conference play over the last half decade: consistency. A Rocky Mountain road trip will be complemented by a home date with red-hot...

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