Here’s a game-by-game summary of the most disappointing offense in the nation – the Stanford Cardinal (using raw efficiency):

Opponent              Season DE (Rank)        Stanford OE
UC Irvine                94.8(135)                93.9
San Francisco           110.0(311)                92.1
Cal Poly                112.3(319)               105.9
Montana                  96.7(164)               102.8
UC Davis                111.2(315)                92.5

Stanford has played three of the 25 worst defenses in the country in raw efficiency terms. And in all three cases, Stanford made those defenses look better – in two of the games, much better.

Part of the culprit is that the guards have shot poorly.

     Effective field goal %
            2005    2006
Grunfeld    55.0    41.2
Hernandez   53.0    44.7

I would expect Hernandez to come into form eventually. Grunfeld is coming off a serious knee injury and was one of the nation’s most improved players last season. He’s the one to worry about. Stanford needs both of these guys to be effective in order to succeed.

Line o’ the Night

                           FG    3pt  FT   Reb
                      Min  M-A   M-A  M-A  O-T   A F S TO BLK Pts
Cameron Robinson       23  5-7   0-0  2-2  6-17  2 1 0  1  0   12
Result: Win. Lipscomb 75, Jackson St. 62.