According to the release on GoStanford.com, Stanford is attempting to become just the fourth team to play at Madison Square Garden in both the Preseason and Postseason NIT during the same season. That's kinda cool, even if it isn't necessarily something worth bragging about. Here are 9 other somewhat interesting things about tonight's game, some of them adapted from the same release:
Opponents shoot 33.1% from beyond the arc against the Wolf Pack. In the Bracket Busting loss at Iona, the Gaels shot 8-of-14 from long range.
Chasson Randle has made a Stanford freshman record 79 3-pointers this season while shooting at a 44% clip. Aaron Bright is shooting 43%. Randle and Bright don't appear on this list of leaders because they haven't averaged 2.5 made 3-pointers a game.
Nevada's second-leading scorer, Indiana transfer Malik Story, ranks 21st in the nation in 3-point shooting (42%).
Hey, look, another team with a lower FT percentage than Stanford. Nevada shoots 65.3% from the line; the Cardinal is up to 66%.
Nevada boasts the WAC's Player and Coach of the Year. Deonte Burton averages 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game, with an assist-to-turnover ratio north of two. Head coach David Carter had Nevada sniffing an NCAA Tournament bid one year after the Wolf Pack finished 13-19.
In case you'd forgotten, Trent Johnson used to coach Nevada.
- Nevada has used the same starting lineup in all 34 games this season. Stanford has used 15 different starting lineups in 34 games.
- Stanford's next win will establish a school record for most home wins in a season. Monday's win over Illinois State matched the previous record of 16 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada is 2-0 against the Pac-12 this season. The Wolf Pack won back-to-back games at home against Washington and at Arizona State in early December. This should surprise no one.