June 17, 2002
New York, NY - The Stanford men's basketball team will face Boston University in the opening round of the 2002 Pre-Season National Invitation Tournament on November 18 at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford is among 16 teams that will compete in this prestigious tournament. The tournament takes place at regional sites throughout the country beginning on November 18th and culminates in New York City's Madison Square Garden for the semifinal and championship doubleheaders on Nov. 27th and 29th.
Stanford and Boston University will be facing each other for the first time in basketball. The Terriers won the America East Conference title last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The Stanford-Boston University winner will face the winner of the St. Peter's-Xavier game on Nov. 20th. That second round game will be televised on ESPN2. Nine games, including the Madison Square Garden doubleheaders, will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.
Stanford will be appearing in its third Pre-Season NIT. During the 1988-89 season, the Cardinal beat Montana (79-63), but lost to Indiana in the second round, 84-73. In 1998-99, the Cardinal reached the championship game by defeating SMU (86-51), Southwest Missouri State (76-51), and St. John's (55-53), but losing to North Carolina (57-47) in the championship game.
The 18th edition of the Preseason NIT features three former champions in North Carolina, Florida and Kansas. North Carolina beat Stanford in 1998 to win its first preseason title, while Florida overcame Seton Hall for the 1987 crown. Kansas has won the title three times (1989, 1993, 1997).
First Round Pairings November 18 Boston University at Stanford St. Peter's at Xavier Eastern Illinois at Boise State Penn State at North Carolina Columbia at Rutgers November 19 Louisiana Tech at Florida Wagner at UNC Greensboro Holy Cross at Kansas
Second Round Pairings November 20 Stanford-Boston University winner to face St. Peter's-Xavier winner Penn State-North Carolina winner to face Columbia-Rutgers winner November 21 Eastern Illinois-Boise State winner to face Louisiana Tech-Florida winner November 22 Wagner-UNC Greensboro winner to face Holy Cross-Kansas winner
November 27 Semifinals at Madison Square Garden
November 29 Final at Madison Square Garden