There will be another team from the Pac-12 in Manhattan next week. The Stanford Cardinal jumped out to a 15-point lead, led by as much as 32, and rolled to an 84-56 win over Nevada.
After playing in the preseason NIT in Madison Square Garden, the Cardinal will return there for the posteason tourney and face UMass
From Jeff Fauarado's game story ...
"I thought it was one of the best games our guys have played all season at both ends of the floor," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said.
The Cardinal (24-11) will face Massachusetts (25-11) on Tuesday in New York. Washington and Minnesota will play in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting Thursday for the 75th NIT crown.
"It's special to still be playing basketball right now. A lot of teams, their season's done," said senior forward Josh Owens, who scored 15 points.
"We want to be champions," Dawkins said. "We want to be able to put a banner up in Maples."
Stanford raced to a 15-point lead over the Western Athletic Conference regular-season champion Wolf Pack (28-7) and led by as many as 32 late in the game.
In front of 3,020 fans (many of them cheering for Nevada), the Cardinal set a school record with its 17th home victory. Its overall win total is the program's highest in four years.
Stanford joins Notre Dame (1999-2000), Syracuse (2001-02) and Ohio State (2007-08) as the only teams to play in the preseason and postseason NIT at the Garden. The Cardinal beat Oklahoma State and lost to then-No. 5 Syracuse in November.
Those crazy Cougs just keep playing basketball and finding ways to beat Oregon State. WSU defeated the Beavers, 72-55 , in Corvallis last night to advance to the College Basketball Invitational finals against Pitt. It's a best of three series with Pitt coming to Pullman on Monday. It was the Cougs' third win in four games against OSU this season, and they did so without Brock Motum, who sprained his ankle two minutes into the game.
From Howie Stalwick's game story in the TNT ...
When Washington State’s Abe Lodwick expressed hope prior to the season that he might be able to extend his basketball career in a pro league overseas, more than a few snickers could be heard around the Pacific-12 Conference.
Lodwick, you see, came into his senior season with a career scoring average of 2.5 points per game. And a career field-goal shooting percentage of 33.2. And a career 3-point field-goal shooting percentage of 28.5.
It remains to be seen if Lodwick’s basketball career will extend past this season. However, Lodwick was instrumental in extending his college career Wednesday night, racking up career highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in WSU’s 72-55 rout of Oregon State in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational.
The Cougars (18-16) will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (20-16) in the best-of-three CBI finals, starting Monday in Pullman. The second and, if necessary, third game will be played in Pittsburgh.
It remains to be seen if the Cougars will have the services of Pac-12 scoring leader Brock Motum. The junior forward, WSU’s only double-figures scorer (besides injured guard Faisal Aden), played just 1 minute, 50 seconds before leaving the game with a sprained ankle. X-ray results were not available.
And here'sthe wrap-up
from Paul Buker in the Oregonian
Here's a postmortem on Oregon's season from Bob Clark.
CU coach Tad Boyle has no interest in the Nebraska head coaching job