March 16, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (22-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Illinois State Redbirds (21-13, 9-9 Missouri Valley)
Date: Monday, March 19, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (3), Illinois State (7)
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Roxy Bernstein, Analyst: Mark Adams)
The Opening Tip
Stanford's postseason path for a return trip to New York's Madison Square Garden will include at least one more home game. Stanford (22-11, 10-8 Pac-12) hosts Illinois State (21-13, 9-9 Missouri Valley) on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the second round of the NIT. The third-seeded Cardinal is now the highest remaining seed in its region, with top-seeded Arizona and second-seeded Mississippi already eliminated. That means Stanford would not have to leave Maples Pavilion until the semifinals, set for March 27-29 in New York. A possible quarterfinal would take place Wednesday against either Bucknell or Nevada.
Tickets for Monday's game are now on sale. Lower level reserved seating is priced at $15 and upper level general admission is $10. Courtside seats are $30. 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.
Monday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the insightful tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Jacob Jaffe (play-by-play) and Zach Zimmerman (analyst). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (analyst) calling the action.
About The 2012 Postseason NIT
The 75th edition of the Postseason NIT boasts a strong 32-team field. Included in the mix are 25 teams with 20 more wins and 11 automatic qualifiers who won their regular-season conference title. The field also 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 across the country, with the semifinals and championship game played at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 27-29.
Scouting Illinois State
Illinois State (21-13, 9-9 Missouri Valley) is making its 18th postseason appearance in school history and sports a 12-17 record (3-6 NCAA Tournament, 9-11 NIT). The Redbirds are participating in their 12th NIT, including four berths over the last five seasons ... The Redbirds have been hot down the stretch, winning five of their last seven games. That includes a strong showing in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, posting an upset of Wichita State before nearly taking down Creighton in the championship game ... Illinois State notched a road win over Mississippi in the first round of the NIT, outlasting the Rebels 96-93 in overtime. The Redbirds produced their best three-point shooting game in school history, connecting on an astounding 17-23 attempts from beyond the arc ... Projected to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley, Illinois State tied for third in league play ... Illinois State averages 69.1 points and 35.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.9 percent overall. The Redbirds are very solid from the foul line, making 75.0 percent ... Be sure to watch: Jackie Carmichael (13.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 52.8 percent FG, 47 blocks), Tyler Brown (13.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 43.8 percent 3FG) and Nic Moore (9.5 ppg, 82.2 percent free throws, team-best 133 assists) ... Stanford and Illinois State will be matching up for the first time on the hardwood.
Stanford-Illinois State Common Opponents
Stanford and Illinois State share two common opponents (Fresno State, Bethune-Cookman). The Cardinal defeated Fresno State 75-59 at Maples Pavilion in the opening round of the Preseason NIT back on Nov. 14. One month later, Stanford easily handled Bethune-Cookman in another home game on Dec. 19, winning 75-56. Illinois State suffered a 55-47 road loss to Fresno State in its season opener on Nov. 11, and routed Bethune-Cookman 75-51 in a home game on Nov. 27.
Stanford All-Time In The Postseason
Stanford is 31-20 all-time in 23 postseason appearances, including an 8-4 record in six NIT contests. The Cardinal captured the 1991 Postseason NIT championship, defeating Oklahoma 78-72 in the title game. Stanford last appeared in the Postseason NIT in 2006, beating Virginia 65-49 at Maples Pavilion in the opening round before falling 76-67 to Missouri State on the road. The Cardinal is 21-15 in NCAA Tournament play (16 appearances) and 2-1 in CBI competition (1 appearance).
Owens Closing In On Milestone...
Josh Owens now stands one point away from 1,000 for his career. Should Owens reach the mark, he will become the 40th player in school history to reach the prestigious scoring mark. Even more impressive, Owens would become the 21st player in school history to end his career with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Stanford's Next Victory Will...
Home Sweet Home
Stanford is 15-3 at home this season, reaching the 10-win mark at Maples Pavilion for the 19th straight year. The Cardinal is 66-19 at home since the start of the 2007-08 campaign.
Takeaways From The Cleveland State Game
Anthony Brown notched the second double-double of his career, tallying 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Stanford is 10-1 this year when Brown scores in double figures ... Aaron Bright scored all of his game-high 17 points in the second half, connecting on 8-10 free throw attempts. Josh Owens added 15 points on 6-9 shooting in 30 minutes of work ... Stanford shot 49.0 percent overall while limiting Cleveland State to 37.3 percent shooting. The Cardinal made 24-39 from the charity stripe, compared a 7-13 mark for the Vikings ... Stanford is one of the country's top rebounding teams, but Cleveland State dominated the glass. The Vikings held a 23-8 advantage at one point and finished with a 44-32 edge. It was the biggest rebounding margin for a non-conference opponent since Dec. 23, 2008, when Santa Clara outrebounded Stanford 43-27 ... Leading 31-30 at halftime, Stanford led by double-digits for much of the second half ... Stanford racked up 12 steals, and is averaging 10.0 thefts per game over its last three contests ... Cleveland State was victimized by 21 turnovers, becoming the fourth Cardinal opponent this year to commit at least 20 miscues ... Stanford has now made at least one three-pointer in 351 consecutive games, dating back to a 0-6 performance against Purdue in the John Wooden Tradition on Nov. 24, 2001.