The Stanford Cardinal may have missed out on the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they're currently the only Bay Area team still in contention to win a basketball championship. The 2012 NIT is underway and the Cardinal have advanced to the second round, which has been staggered out over several days.
The Washington Huskies have already advanced by defeating the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday night. On Saturday, the Seton Hall Pirates were upset by the Massachusetts Minutemen, proving that the NIT is not without the aspect of unpredictability that makes the NCAA Tournament so watchable.
No. 3 Stanford will face off against No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Here's the full lineup of games for the second round. Games already played appear in bold.
No. 1 Washington def. No. 4 Northwestern, 76-55
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 7 Iowa - March 18, 5:00 p.m. ET
No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Middle Tennessee - March 19, 7:00 p.m. ET
No. 2 Miami (FL) vs. No. 6 Minnesota - March 19, 9:00 p.m. ET
No. 5 Massachusetts def. No. 1 Seton Hall, 77-67
No. 3 Drexel vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa - March 18, 11:00 a.m. ET
No. 5 Bucknell vs. No. 8 Nevada - March 18, 3:00 p.m. ET
No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 7 Illinois State - March 19, 11:30 p.m. ET
You can click here to find the full NIT bracket.
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