March 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (21-11, 10-8 Pac-12) has qualified for the postseason for the first time in three years and will square off against Cleveland State (22-10, 12-6 Horizon League) in the first round of the 2012 Postseason NIT.
Making the NIT for the sixth time in school history and reaching the postseason for the 23rd time overall, the Cardinal has been tabbed a No. 3 seed in its region and will host the Vikings in a first round contest on Tuesday, March 13, at Maples Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Tickets for Tuesday's game will go on sale Monday, March 12, at 9 a.m. Lower level reserved seating is priced at $15 and upper level general admission is $10 ($8 for children and seniors). Admission is free for all students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gostanford.com, by calling 1-800-STANFORD or in person at the Stanford Athletic Ticket Office.
Stanford and Cleveland State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.
The 32-team NIT field includes three other Pac-12 teams, with No. 3 seed Oregon joining No. 1 seeds Washington and Arizona. The first three rounds are played at campus sites, with the semifinals and championship game played at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27-29.
Stanford is 30-22 all-time in 22 postseason appearances overall, including a 7-4 record in five NIT appearances. The Cardinal claimed the 1991 Postseason NIT championship, defeating Oklahoma in the title game. Stanford last appeared in the Postseason NIT in 2006, beating Virginia at home in the opening round before falling to Missouri State on the road.
In addition to being the only Pac-12 school with three wins against teams ranked among the RPI's top-50 (64-52 over Colorado State, 75-70 over California, 76-72 over NC State), the Cardinal has won its most games since a 28-8 campaign that resulted in an NCAA Sweet 16 finish in 2007-08.
A near-upset of then-No. 5/5 Syracuse in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off championship game back in November ultimately resulted in a 69-63 loss to the Orangemen. However, the close defeat actually generated early momentum and allowed Stanford to gain national recognition, spending the next eight weeks in the receiving votes section of both national polls.