Stanford was able to get to New York without having to leave Palo Alto. They beat Cleveland State 76-65, then earned another home contest against Illinois State after they upset Ole Miss. Stanford beat Illinois State in overtime, then routed Nevada in the quarterfinal. Stanford beat UMass 74-64 in the semifinal.
Minnesota got to the NIT final with three road victories: Beating La Salle 70-61, Miami (FL) 78-60, and Middle Tennessee State 78-72. They then outlasted Washington 68-67 in overtime to earn a semifinal matchup.
The game will take place at Madison Square Garden at 4 PM PT, 7 PM ET on ESPN. You can watch the game live.
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