Stanford men’s basketball begins quest for fourth NIT title

STANFORD — The end is near for Year 2 for Jerod Haase on The Farm.

The 43-year-old men’s basketball coach at Stanford set a high bar when he took over.

“We want to be in the NCAA Tournament, that’s going to be the standard for my tenure here,” Haase said at a press conference on Monday.

This time around the Cardinal (18-15) had to settle for a spot in the National Invitational Tournament — with a chance to claim a fourth NIT title in program history (1991, 2012, 2015).

“What this team has done with the hand we were dealt in the nonconference, I’m really proud of getting to the NIT,” Haase said. “I think the way we’ve performed in 2018 has been pretty special. We’re overcome adversity, we’ve continued to grow as a team, so to put ourselves in a position to be able to play in the NIT is I think a real positive for this year.”

Stanford is a No. 3 seed in one of our four brackets and will host No. 6 BYU (20-10), a runner-up in last week’s West Coast Conference championship tournament.

Tip-off is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Maples Pavilion.

Expect an experiment on the court, with the NIT testing out new rules such as:

​• The 3-point line extended to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches);

​• The free-throw lane equaled to the width used by the NBA;

​• Same as in women’s basketball, NBA-style quarters with free throws after the fifth foul, except 10-minute in length;

• The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound.

“I think it’s a great time to try these changes,” Haase said. “For the most part I have good feelings about the intent of what we’re trying to do. This provides a forum for to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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