Stanford Earns No. 3 Seed, Draws Cornell In NCAA Tournament Opener

March 16, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (26-7, 13-5 Pac-10) will square off against Cornell (22-5, 14-0 Ivy League) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, as announced this afternoon by the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee.

The Cardinal, ranked No. 11 in the latest edition of both national polls, was awarded a No. 3 seed and will play the 14-seeded Cornell on Thursday, Mar. 20. Stanford received an at-large bid and was placed in the Houston Regional.

The winner of Stanford-Cornell squares off against the winner of the Marquette-Kentucky game on Saturday, Mar. 22.

Stanford owns a 19-14 record in NCAA Tournament competition and is making its 16th appearance overall. The Cardinal dropped a 78-58 decision to Louisville in last year's opening round and is winless in its last three NCAA Tournament games. Stanford's most recent NCAA Tournament victory came back on Mar. 18, 2004, in the form of a 71-45 win over Texas-San Antonio in an opening round game.

Stanford sports a 2-1 record against Cornell. The two teams last met in the 1994-95 season, with Stanford posting a 67-55 victory at home.

Stanford is enjoying its best season since a 30-2 finish during the 2003-04 campaign. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall. Stanford has won at least 25 games for the ninth time in school history, posted two different seven-game winning streaks and established a record for most home wins (16) in a single season. The Cardinal has also been a fixture in the national rankings all season, owning a spot in the top-10 of both polls for five consecutive weeks late in the year.

The Cardinal is coming off a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Tournament, defeating Arizona 75-64 and Washington State 75-68 before falling to UCLA 67-64 in the championship game.

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