Cardinal Hoopsters To Face Boston University In Pre-Season NIT Opener

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 PairingsNovember 18Boston University at StanfordSt. Peter's at XavierEastern Illinois at Boise StatePenn State at North CarolinaColumbia at RutgersNovember 19Louisiana Tech at FloridaWagner at UNC GreensboroHoly Cross at Kansas

Second Round Pairings November 20Stanford-Boston University winner to face St. Peter's-Xavier winnerPenn State-North Carolina winner to face Columbia-Rutgers winnerNovember 21Eastern Illinois-Boise State winner to face Louisiana Tech-Florida winnerNovember 22Wagner-UNC Greensboro winner to face Holy Cross-Kansas winner

November 27Semifinals at Madison Square Garden

November 29Final at Madison Square Garden
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