The third-seed Cardinal did its job, getting by Cleveland State in the opener. Stanford will try to put an end to Illinois State also with a victory in its home gym.
The Redbirds are trying to play themselves into the Elite Eight with a win on Monday Night after shocking Ole Miss 96-93 in overtime on the road.
The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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In Region 2, the relatively mighty Tennessee Volunteers are seeing a formidable foe and interstate rival come to Knoxville in the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
Middle Tennessee St. is no powder puff, with a 26-6 overall record. The Blue Raiders are feeling good coming off a 86-78 defeat of Marshall. The Vols are top-seeded in the region, but didn't look phenomenal in beating Savannah State 65-51 at home on Tuesday.
The game can be seen on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Minnesota is playing very well so far, showcased by its upset over La Salle 70-61 away from home on Wednesday. The Hurricanes blew by Valparaiso at home in their inaugural game, 66-50, and looked excellent in the process.
The game can be seen on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. ET.