CBI Quarterfinal Matchup Takes Stanford To Wichita State On Monday
March 20, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (19-13, 6-12 Pac-10)
Wichita State Shockers (17-16, 8-10 Missouri Valley)
The Opening Tip
Playing in the postseason for the 16th consecutive year, Stanford (19-13, 6-12 Pac-10) is off to a strong start. The Cardinal cruised past Boise State 96-76 on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion during the opening round of the CBI. Now Stanford advances to Monday's quarterfinal contest at Wichita State (17-16, 8-10 Missouri Valley). The winner moves on to Wednesday's semifinals and becomes one step closer to the tournament's best-of-three championship series.
Monday's game can be heard live on KTRB AM 860 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with John Platz handling play-by-play duties. This contest will also be televised nationally on HDNet, with Michael Reghi (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (analyst).
The CBI semis are set for Wednesday, Mar. 25, with host sites to be determined.
About The College Basketball Invitational (CBI)
Now in its second year, the CBI features a single-elimination, 16-team field with the first three rounds of competition to be played at campus sites. The championship is a best-of-three series, with both finalists guaranteed at least one game on their home court. Last year, Tulsa captured the inaugural CBI championship with a pair of wins over Bradley in the best-of-three series. Of the CBI's 17 possible games, 11 will be televised nationally on HDNet.
Stanford Against The CBI Field
Heading into this year's tournament, Oregon State was the only team in this year's CBI field that Stanford had already faced. The Beavers swept the regular season series with a pair of double-digit victories before the Cardinal posted a 62-54 win in the Pac-10 Tournament play-in round.
Stanford Against Other Postseason Fields
While Stanford's potential CBI opponents are relative unknowns (there are eight opponents in the tourney that the Cardinal has never faced in its 94-year history), the same cannot be said for at least two other postseason tournaments. Stanford faced off against seven of this year's NCAA Tournament participants, posting a 5-9 record. Of the 32 teams selected for the NIT, Stanford battled two squads and came away with a 2-1 mark. Stanford did not play any teams that qualified for this year's CollegeInsider.com Postseason Basketball Tournament.
Scouting Wichita State
Wichita State (17-16, 8-10 Missouri Valley) is back in the postseason for its first time since reaching the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 back in 2006. The Shockers tied for fourth overall in conference play with an 8-10 mark and climbed back over the .500 mark with an 84-73 win over Buffalo in the CBI opening round. Since a six-game losing streak in early January, Wichita State has not dropped back-to-back games while posting an 11-5 record. The Shockers have registered impressive wins over NCAA Tournament squads Siena and Cleveland State. Wichita State averages 63.1 points and 34.0 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1 percent overall. Opponents have been outreboudned by 5.2 boards per game while averaging 62.2 points. Wichita State scores 55.1 percent of its points in the second half. Make sure to watch: Clevin Hannah (11.2 ppg, 63-157 three-pointers, 144 assists), Toure' Murry (11.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 50-154 three-pointers) and Ramon Clemente (7.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 58.8 percent from the field).
Stanford All-Time vs. Wichita State
Stanford and Wichita State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.
Stanford/Wichita State Common Opponents
Stanford and Wichita State have two common opponents: Texas Tech and Northern Arizona. The Cardinal tallied victories over both schools while the Shockers went 1-1. Stanford dismantled Texas Tech 111-66 at home in its best offensive performance of the year while Wichita State suffered a 72-69 road loss. Stanford topped Northern Arizona 66-57 at home while Wichita State beat the Lumberjacks 58-53 on their home court.
Stanford All-Time vs. Missouri Valley
Stanford is 5-5 all-time against Missouri Valley opponents. Five of those matchups have come against Bradley, with the Braves claiming a 3-2 edge. Stanford is 1-1 against Creighton and Missouri State and won its only matchup against Southern Illinois.
Stanford All-Time In The Postseason
Advancing to the postseason for the 16th year in a row, Stanford has now compiled a 29-19 record in 22 postseason appearances. The Cardinal, which sports a 21-15 record in 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, captured the 1942 championship, reached the Final Four in 1998, advanced to the Elite Eight in 2001 and moved on to the Sweet 16 in 1997 and 2008. Stanford is also 7-4 in five NIT appearances. The Cardinal most recently played in the NIT three years ago and also claimed the 1991 championship. And after a 96-76 victory over Boise State last week, Stanford is 1-0 in CBI competition.
Shooting For 20
Stanford is now on the verge of recording its 20th 20-win season in program history. If the Cardinal wins on Monday, it would represent the program's second 20-win season in the last five years. Stanford finished 28-8 overall last season and is looking for back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time since 2002-03 (24-9) and 2003-04 (30-2).
16th Straight Winning Season In The Books
Stanford managed to extend a pair of lengthy streaks with its 75-63 rout over USC back on Feb. 28. That triumph clinched a winning record for the 16th consecutive season and gave the Cardinal at least 16 wins for the 16th straight year. The Cardinal has won four of its last six overall heading into Monday's game. Recent victories during that stretch included a 74-64 road upset at No. 21/21 Arizona State and a 75-63 win over Pac-10 Tournament champion USC. The Cardinal finished non-conference play 11-0 and also posted impressive victories over No. 22/23 California (75-69) on Jan. 17, Northwestern (65-59) on Dec. 20 and Arizona (76-60) on Jan. 4.
Road Warriors...Outside The Pac-10
Stanford has won five straight non-conference road games, a streak that began with a 67-43 victory at Colorado last year. Stanford's most recent five-game road winning streak in non-league games spanned four seasons (at Denver on 12-14-2004, at Rice on 11-30-2003, at UC Irvine on 11-25-2003, at UNLV on 12-21-2002 and at New Mexico on 11-17-2001.
Cardinal Strong In Non-Conference
As of Mar. 20, Stanford was one of only five teams in NCAA Division I competition carrying an undefeated non-league record (12-0). The only other programs yet to lose a non-conference game this year are: North Carolina (14-0), Wake Forest (13-0), Pittsburgh (13-0) and Connecticut (12-0). Prior to this year's 12-0 mark, Stanford last went undefeated (9-0) in non-league play in 2003-04. Stanford's non-conference numbers this year are very impressive. Eight of the 12 victories have been decided by double-digits, the club's victory margin is +17.3, four players are averaging at least 11.0 points per game and Stanford has reached the 100-point plateau twice while averaging 81.1 points per game.