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NIT Special, Episode 4: Extra Day, More On Ray
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/29/2012

March 29, 2012


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The 1991 NIT: Five Pieces To A Championship

Ticket Info | Media Guide/Record Book | Preseason Spain Trip Coverage

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NEW YORK- Fresh off its 74-64 win over Massachusetts in the semifinals on Monday, the Cardinal made the most of its Tuesday in New York.

Stanford players and coaches began their day with an early-morning tour of Bank of America's corporate headquarters, led by former Cardinal standout Peter Sauer. In addition to leading the tour, Sauer introduced the Cardinal travel party to several other Stanford alums working in the organization.

The Cardinal held its afternoon practice at the New York Athletic Club. It was Stanford's second practice this year at the prestigious facility, as the team also worked out there back in November during the Preseason NIT.

With a team meeting slated for 9:30 p.m., players and coaches were free to grab dinner or explore Times Square on a busy Tuesday evening.

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Two days and more than 11,000 YouTube views later, practically every major national sports media outlet was featuring Tuesday's fiery pregame speech by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Prior to each game, Cardinal players watch a montage of Lewis highlights during a portion of their pregame preparation. So, you could imagine the shock this time around when the 13-time Pro Bowler and 2000 Super Bowl MVP walked into the room.

Lewis' locker room visit was planned as a surprise, with assistant coach and Washington, D.C., native Charles Payne taking the lead on reaching out to the famous linebacker. Lewis, who was already scheduled to be in New York early in the week, then watched Tuesday's game as a guest of the program, sitting in the first row behind Stanford's team bench.

If you haven't had a chance to watch the video or simply need some motivation during your day, here is Lewis' pregame speech in its entirety.

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A few other quick tidbits heading into Thursday's game:

Longtime Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy perfectly summed up the career of associate head coach Dick Davey, who is going out in New York style as Stanford tries for its second NIT championship in school history. Davey has been accompanied by family members throughout the week during the trip.

Stanford's 25 victories are the most of any Pac-12 school. Tied at 24 wins are California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. The Cardinal finished 15-16 overall last year.

What was it like during Stanford's 1991 Postseason NIT championship run? Some great quotes here, courtesy of The Stanford Daily special edition.

"I didn't know what we were gonna do. I wanted to throw a chair at him."
- Head coach John Calipari of UMass, after Adam Keefe scored eight points in Stanford's early 24-8 run to open the game. Stanford won the game 73-71.

"We didn't want to end our careers in friggin' Carbondale."
- Andrew Vlahov after the Cardinal's 78-68 road win at Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals, one stop shy of NYC.

"I can't think of a better way to go out. This is the way basketball should be."
- Kenny Ammann, who poured in 22 points (5-10 three-pointers) in the 78-72 win over Oklahoma in the NIT championship game.


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