Stanford will have chance to defend NIT title 

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While it’s not the NCAA Tournament, the Stanford men’s basketball team will be playing in the postseason, and in a familiar setting.

A year after winning the NIT, the Cardinal (18-14) will look to defend their title this time around and earn another trip back to Madison Square Garden.

Coach Johnny Dawkins’ squad earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament and will host Stephen F. Austin (27-4) at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Only two other programs have won consecutive NIT championships, St. Johns in 1943 and 1944 and South Carolina in 2005 and 2006.

Stanford and Stephen F. Austin will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. The Cardinal is 3-1 all-time against teams from the Southland Conference

Stanford is 35-20 all-time in 23 postseason appearances overall, including a 12-4 record in six NIT appearances.

The first three rounds are played at campus sites, with the semifinals and championship game played at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 2-4.

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