Stanford Cardinal (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Nevada Wolf Pack (28-6, 13-1 WAC)
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6 p.m. Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA Tournament Seeds: Stanford (3), Nevada (5) Series History: Stanford leads 20-9 Last Meeting: Stanford 68, Nevada 39 (Dec. 16, 1999) 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: Stephen Bardo)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12) hosts Nevada (28-6, 13-1 WAC) on Wednesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Postseason NIT. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. On the line is a trip to New York City, as the semifinals are scheduled for next week at Madison Square Garden. As the highest remaining seed in its region, the third-seeded Cardinal will host the fifth-seeded Wolf Pack. Stanford has reached this point with home victories over Cleveland State (76-65) and Illinois State (92-88 in OT).
Wednesday'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 Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action.
Nevada (28-6, 13-1 WAC) is participating in the postseason for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The Wolf Pack is 5-4 in five NIT appearances and playing in the NIT for the first time since 2010. Nevada played in eight consecutive postseason tournaments from 2003-2010 before missing out in 2011 ... The Wolf Pack claimed the regular season WAC title but was upset by Louisiana Tech in the semifinals of its conference tournament. Nevada is 12-4 in games away from Reno ... Nevada is the nation's most improved team, as the Wolf Pack finished 13-19 last year ... Nevada has used the same starting lineup in all 34 games this year ... The Wolf Pack edged Oral Roberts 68-59 on the road in the first round of the Postseason NIT before defeating Bucknell 75-67 at home in the second round ... Nevada averages 70.7 points and 37.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.2 percent overall. Opponents are averaging 64.5 points and shooting 40.9 percent ... Be sure to watch: Deonte Burton (14.8 ppg, 79.1 percent free throws, team-best 146 assists), Malik Story (14.1 ppg, team-best 91 three-pointers), Olek Czyz (13.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Dario Hunt (10.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 81 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. Nevada
Stanford owns a 20-9 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1913-14. The Cardinal has won five in a row, including a 68-39 rout on Dec. 16, 1999, in the most recent matchup.
Stanford-Nevada Common Opponents
Stanford and Nevada share four common opponents (Pacific, Washington, Arizona State, Fresno State). The Cardinal went 4-1 against that group while the Wolf Pack finished 5-0. Stanford easily defeated Pacific (79-37), Fresno State (75-59) and Arizona State (68-44) at home, routed Arizona State (85-65) at the Pac-12 Tournament and lost to Washington (76-63) in Seattle. Nevada posted home wins over Pacific (78-54) and Washington (76-73 in OT), swept the season series against Fresno State (74-61, 79-76 in triple-overtime) and took down Arizona State (69-61) in Tempe.
Stanford All-Time In The Postseason
Stanford is now 32-20 all-time in 23 postseason appearances, including a 9-4 record in six NIT appearances. 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 also 21-15 in NCAA Tournament play (16 appearances) and 2-1 in CBI competition (1 appearance).
MSG, NYC: Been There, Done That
Stanford is attempting to become just the fourth team to play at Madison Square Garden in both the Preseason and Postseason NIT during the same season, joining Notre Dame (1999-00), Syracuse (2001-02) and Ohio State (2007-08).
Stanford's Next Victory Will...
Establish a school record for most home wins in a season. Stanford is looking for its 17th home win of the year. Monday's 92-88 overtime victory was the 16th so far at Maples Pavilion, matching the school record for most home wins in a season. Stanford was 16-1 in 2007-08.
Be the most wins since the NCAA Sweet 16 run in 2008. Stanford is searching for its 24th victory, the most since a 28-8 finish during the 2007-08 campaign, when the Cardinal reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Takeaways From The Illinois State Game Chasson Randle knocked down a three-pointer with just over a minute remaining in overtime to put Stanford in front for good in a 92-88 overtime win over Illinois State ... Aaron Bright enjoyed the best game of his career, pouring in a career-high 29 points on 11-13 shooting while making 6-7 from beyond the arc. He also dished out six assists in 35 minutes ... Dwight Powell produced his best effort of the year, scoring a season-high 18 points on 8-11 shooting to go along with nine boards in 31 minutes off the bench ... Monday's victory was No. 1,400 in the 97-year history of the Stanford basketball program ... The game featured nine ties and 17 lead changes ... Illinois State led 71-60 with 9:01 remaining in regulation before Stanford answered with a 14-3 run to tie the game at 74-74 with 5:14 left to play ... The game was tied at 78-78 heading into a Stanford timeout with 21 seconds remaining ... Chasson Randle's shot at the buzzer hit the front rim, sending the game into overtime ... After making 17-23 attempts from three-point range in a first-round win over Mississippi, Illinois State followed with a 15-30 performance from beyond the arc on Monday night ... Stanford shot 52.3 percent overall, forced 17 turnovers and knocked down five of seven attempts in overtime. Illinois State held a 38-33 rebounding edge, cashed in at the foul line with a 19-21 performance and made only three of eight buckets in overtime.
Just How Good Was Ilinois State?
Stanford needed every one of its 92 points against sharp-shooting Illinois State, which was 15-30 from beyond the arc and 19-21 from the foul line. Just how balanced were the Redbirds on offense? llinois State received at least 20 points from three different players (Nic Moore- 25, Tyler Brown- 23, Jackie Carmichael- 21). It's the first time a Stanford opponent has accomplished the feat since Feb. 2, 2002, when Arizona received 22 points from Channing Frye, 20 from Luke Walton and 20 from Jason Gardner in an 88-82 Wildcat overtime win.