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Men’s basketball hosts BYU in first round of NIT

Losing out on the NCAA Tournament can be a difficult fact to accept, but the ability to host NIT games is a decent consolation prize.

Third-seeded Stanford men’s basketball (18-15) will continue its season against sixth-seeded BYU (24-10) in the first round of the NIT.

The Cardinal needed to win the Pac-12 Tournament if it wanted a bid in March Madness, but it was eliminated by UCLA in the second round after Bruins guard Aaron Holiday scored 34 points to defeat Stanford 88-77.

Men’s basketball begins Pac-12 Tournament against Cal

Stanford men’s basketball (17-14, 11-7 Pac-12) is at a critical juncture in the program’s history. It has been a decade, head coach Trent Johnson’s final year, since the last time the Cardinal have had a conference record this good.

Stanford has the opportunity to show how dominant it can be with a deep run the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas starting on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Standing in the Cardinal’s way in the first round is Cal (8-23, 2-16). Stanford is responsible for half the Bears’ conference victories and it could have been more as Cal has played the Cardinal tough in both games.