NIT 2012: Stanford Cruises To Championship

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2012 NIT Championship Game, Minnesota Vs. Stanford Score: Gophers Check Out After Halftime, Lose 75-51 To Cardinal

The best part about Thursday night's 2012 NIT Championship Game was that it mercifully ended. The Minnesota Golden Gophers made a nice run in the tournament to make the final, but looked completely checked out against the Stanford Cardinal. The Gophers scored just 30 points over the final 29 minutes of the game and shot just 36.5 percent from the field as the Cardinal cruised to a 75-51 victory.

The Cardinal never looked back after going on a 14-4 run to take a six-point lead into halftime. They only pulled away from there, shooting 51.9 percent from the field for the game and going 6-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Stanford did have its sloppy moments, though. Both teams turned the ball over at astronomical rates, combining for 37 turnovers in 40 minutes of play. The difference in the game came down the fact that Stanford could make shots, and Minnesota simply couldn't.

Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each scored 15 points to lead the way for the Cardinal. Jarrett Mann had a nice all-around game as well, adding nine points, four assists, four steals and a block. Rodney Williams led the Gophers with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field. Julian Welch and Andre Hollins struggled mightily, going a combined 3-for-16 from the floor and 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.

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NIT 2012, UMass Vs. Stanford Final Score: Cardinal Advance To Final With 74-64 Win

The Stanford Cardinal will advance to the 2012 NIT Tournament Final after a 74-64 win over the UMass Minutemen on Tuesday night. The Minutemen had been one of the stories of the tournament so far, coming in a as a No. 5 seed to knock off the likes of Drexel and Seton Hall to advance the semifinals. Tuesday, they briefly took a 50-49 lead with 8:05 to play before Stanford pulled away.

The Cardinal went on an 18-6 run over the next six-plus minutes to ultimately make the score more lopsided than the game actually was. They won the rebounding battle 46-34 to make up for 17 turnovers. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, though Stanford was slightly sharper in making 36.9 percent of their attempts from the field compared to 33.8 percent for UMass.

Stanford had four players reach double-digit points, led by 18 for Anthony Brown. Josh Owens dominated around the rim, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with 15 points. Chaz Williams scored 19 to lead the Minutemen.


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NIT Tournament 2012, Washington Vs. Minnesota: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Shortly after the No. 5-seeded UMass Minutement and No. 3 Stanford Cardinals play its NIT semifinal contests, which will feature one of them advancing to Thursday's finals, the No. 1 Washington Huskies and No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers will march onto the hardwood at Madison Square Garden.

In its history, Washington is 1-4 at MSG, with the only victory coming way back in 1941. Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers are making their fifth trip to the NIT Final Four, where they are 3-1 and earned the tournament's crown in 1998 and '93.

Overall, these two program have met 15 times with Washington going 9-6.

Location: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Game Time: Approximately 9 p.m. ET

TV Schedule: ESPN2/ESPN3

Announcers: Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (color commentary) & Bill Raftery (color)

Radio Stream: UW 102.9 FM

Betting Odds: Washington 1-point favorites.

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NIT Tournament 2012, UMass Vs. Stanford: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The No. 5-seeded UMass Minutemen and No. 3 Stanford Cardinal face off Tuesday in a NIT semifinal contest in Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The winner of the contest advance to player either No. 1 Washington Huskies or No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers in the NIT final on Thursday.

The Minutemen are making their first appearance in the NIT Final Four since 2008, when they made the Championship Game. This will be the programs third NIT Final Four, as in '91 UMass played Stanford in the semifinals and lost 73-71.

Location: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Game Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV Schedule: ESPN2/ESPN3

Announcers: Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (color commentary) & Bill Raftery (color)

Radio Stream: KIX 100.9 FM

Betting Odds: Stanford is 2 1/2-point favorites.

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NIT Tournament 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Final Four Tips Off At MSG Tuesday

New York City's home for college hoops, Madison Square Garden, is the host for men's college basketball's NIT Final Four on Tuesday. No. 5-seeded UMass Minutemen and No. 3 Stanford Cardinal with tip off the action starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, while the night cap will feature No. 1 Washington Huskies and No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers at approximately 9 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

The winners advance to the NIT Final, which will be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here's Tuesday bracket, schedule update and game times:

No. 5 UMAss vs. No. 3 Stanford, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 6 Minnesota, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2

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NIT Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Elite 8 Field Set; Final Four Decided Wednesday

The NIT's Elite 8 field was finalized Monday, as the Stanford Cardinals edged the Illinois St. Redbirds in overtime, 92-88. Two other games were also played Monday with Middle Tennessee St. defeating Tennessee, 71-64, and Minnesota downing Miami, 78-60. The results set up the road to the Final Four, which will be played at Madison Square Garden, March 29-27.

On Tuesday, two quarterfinal contests will be played as the UMass Minutemen and Drexel Dragons will face off in Philadelphia, Pa., while the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks play at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, the other two quarterfinal games will be played Wednesday night. Here's a look at the remaining bracket and TV schedule:

Region 1
(1) Northwestern Wildcats 55, (1) Washington Huskies 76
(7) Iowa Hawkeyes 97, (3) Oregon Ducks 106

Final: Washington vs. Oregon, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

Region 2
(4) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 71, (1) Tennessee Volunteers 64
(6) Minnesota Golden Gophers 78, (2) Miami Hurricanes 60

Final: Middle Tennessee vs. Minnesota, Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Region 3
(4) UMass Minutemen 77, (1) Seton Hall Pirates 67
(7) Northern Iowa Panthers 63, (3) Drexel Dragons 65

Final: UMass vs. Drexel, Tuesday, 7 p.m. on ESPN

Region 4
(8) Bucknell Bison 67, (5) Nevada Wolfpack 75
(7) Illinois State Redbirds 88, (3) Stanford Cardinal 92 (OT)

Final: Nevada vs. Sanford, Wednesday, 9 p.m. on ESPN2

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NIT Tournament 2012 Bracket: Seton Hall Loses, Season Over

The Seton Hall Pirates were eliminated from the 2012 NIT Tournament on Saturday, after suffering a double digit loss to the Massachusetts Minutemen. The Minutemen, who are the fifth seed in their region, upset the Pirates, who entered the tournament as the region's first seed.

UMass now awaits the winner of Sunday's second round match-up between the Drexel Dragons and the Northern Iowa Panthers. Against Drexel, who is a three seed, UMass would be the underdog. Against Nortern Iowa, who is the region's seven seed, UMass would act as favorites.

Having knocked off higher seeds in both of their match ups, the Minutemen are only three wins away from winning the 2012 NIT Tournament.

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NIT Tournament Round Two Schedule, Bracket, TV Schedule, Game Times

The NIT Tournament's road to Madison Square Garden, the site of the event's Final Four, continues Friday, as one of the remaining eight games will be played on Friday. That contest will be between the No. 1-seeded Washington Huskies against the (4) Northwestern Wildcats at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

On Saturday, the local college hoops program, the (1) Seton Hall Pirates, hosts the (4) UMass Minutemen at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN. The Sweet 16 game will be played at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, NJ, with the winner advancing to face either (3) Drexel Dragons and (7) Northern Iowa Panthers, who each play Sunday at 11 p.m. on ESPN.

Here's a complete look at the brackets and TV schedule for the NIT Tournament (Region 1 plays Region 2 in the semifinals, while Region 3 plays Region 4):

Region 1
(1) Northwestern Wildcats at (1) Washington Huskies, Friday, 10 p.m., ESPNU
(7) Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 3 Oregon Ducks, Sunday, 5 p.m. on ESPNU

Region 2
(4) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at (1) Tennessee Volunteers, Monday, 7 p.m. on ESPN
(6) Minnesota Golden Gophers at (2) Miami Hurricanes, Monday, 9 p.m. on ESPN

Region 3
(4) UMass Minutemen at (1) Seton Hall Pirates, Saturday, 11 a.m. on ESPN
(7) Northern Iowa Panthers at (3) Drexel Dragons, Sunday, 11 a.m. on ESPN

Region 4
(8) Bucknell Bison at (5) Nevada Wolfpack, Sunday 3 p.m. on ESPNU
(7) Illinois State Redbirds at (3) Stanford Cardinal, Monday, 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2

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NIT Bracket 2012: Seton Hall Will Face UMass In The Second Round

The Seton Hall Pirates willhost the Massachusetts Minutemen in the second round of the 2012 NIT. That game will be held Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. ET at the Prudential Center in East Rutherford. Seton Hall is a top seed in Region Three of the tournament, and UMass is a fifth seed. Both teams are coming off narrow wins in the opening round of play.

Seton Hall held off Stony Brook on Tuesday. The Pirates lost the battle of the boards to the Seawolves by a 42-22 margin. Despite problems getting rebounds, the Pirates were able to squeeze out a 63-61 victory thanks in large part to hitting 48.9 percent of their field goals.

UMass needed overtime to beat fourth-seeded Mississippi State on Wednesday night by a final score of 101-96. The Minutemen won by controlling the boards with a 51-38 edge in rebounds. Their acumen on the boards sets up an interesting matchup for the Pirates.

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NIT 2012, Seton Hall Vs. Stony Brook: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program will begin their march to the National Invitational Tournament's Final Four at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, as they host the Stony Brook Seawolves in a first-round contest at Walsh Gym (7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3).

The Pirates are the top seed in their bracket, while the Seawolves are the No. 8 seed. The winner of Tuesday's matchup advance to the second round to player either the No. 5 UMass Minutemen or No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs at a date and time not yet determined.

Here's the contest's game time, TV schedule, radio stream and betting odds (For a complete NIT bracket, click here.):

Game time: 7:15 p.m. ET

Location: Walsh Gym, South Orange, NJ

Television: ESPN3 -- Mike Gleason (play-by-play) & Tim O'Toole (color commentator)

Radio stream: 89.5 FM WSOU

Betting odds: Seton Hall is a 11-point favorite.

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NIT Tournament 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Tuesday's Game Times And TV Information

The 2012 NIT Tournament begins Tuesday, as the Seton Hall Pirates will face the Stony Brook Seawolves at Walsh Gymnasium at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Pirates, who were left out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, will begin their journey to try and reach Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT's Final Four, March 27-29, and end one of their most successful seasons in recent history on a positive note.

Meanwhile, the Seawolves were denied a invite to the NCAAs field of 68 after losing to Vermont in the America East Conference's Championship Game on Saturday. If Stony Brook were to pull off the upset, they will play the winner of No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs and No. 5 UMass Minutemen in the Sweet 16.

Here's a look at Tuesday's game times and TV schedule. (For a complete NIT bracket, click here.):

(No. 1-seed) Washington Huskies vs. (8) Texas-Arlington Mavericks

  • 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU

(4) Northwestern Wildcats vs. (5) Akron Zips

  • 9 p.m. on ESPN2

(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (6) LSU Tigers

  • 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

(2) Dayton Flyers vs. (7) Iowa Hawkeyes

  • 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

(1) Tennessee Volunteers vs. (8) Savannah St. Tigers

  • 8 p.m. on ESPNU

(4) Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs. (5) Marshall Thundering Herd

  • 9:15 p.m. on ESPN3

(1) Seton Hall Pirates vs. (8) Stony Brook Seawolves

  • 7:15 p.m. on ESPN3

(4) Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. (5) UMass Minutemen

  • 7 p.m. on ESPN2

(3) Stanford Cardinal vs. (6) Cleveland St. Vikings

  • 11 p.m. on ESPN2

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NIT Tournament 2012: Bracket Finalized As Seton Hall Earns No. 1 Seed

Just a few hours after the Seton Hall Pirates were left out of the NCAA Tournament's 68-team field, the Pirates earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT Tournament, which released its bracket and schedule Sunday night. Seton Hall will host No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves at Walsh Gymnasium on Tuesday (7:15 p.m.). With a victory they would advance to the second round to play either No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs or No. 5 UMass Minutemen.

Other teams in Seton Hall's bracket are the No. 3 Drexel Dragons, No. 6 Central Florida Knights, No. 2 Saint Joseph's Hawks and No. 7 Northern Iowa Panthers.


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The three other No. 1 seeds in the NIT Tournament are: Washington Huskies, Arizona Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers. The five-round, single-elimination event will hold its Final Four at Madison Square Garden in New York, March 27-29.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Seton Hall Left Out Of Field Of 68, Waits On NIT Bid

The Seton Hall Pirates failed to have their name called Sunday during CBS' Selection Show, and will not be one of the 68 teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament field. The Pirates finished their season 21-13 and failed to advance past the quarterfinal round of the Big East Conference Tournament last week.

Surprisingly for those who thought Seton Hall was right on the cusp of making the cut-line the Pirates weren't even one of the final four teams out. Those were Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, Nevada Wolf Pack, Miami Hurricanes and Drexel Dragons.

"Seton Hall had a very solid year," said Jeff Hathaway, this year's tournament chairman. "They had a tough stretch at the end of the year. They went 5-10 towards the end of the season. At the end of the day, quality team, a team we have a lot of respect for but we lose some quality teams we're not going to be able to be a part of the other 37 (at-large bids)."

The Pirates will now await for the announcement of the 2012 NIT field, which will feature 32 schools that didn't make the NCAA Tournament.

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