Stanford won't get the chance to defend its NIT title in Madison Square Garden, falling to Alabama 66-54 on Saturday in a second-round game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 11 points. Leading scorer Dwight Powell was 1-of-6 shooting for two points. He played only 24 minutes because of foul trouble.
Stanford (19-15) twice closed to within four points in the second half but went 4:40 without a field goal late.
"They came out energized and physical," Stanford's Josh Huestis said. "They made us speed up."
Alabama (23-12) will play Maryland in a quarterfinal Tuesday, with the winnner advancing to New York. Georgia dethroned two-time defending champion Cal at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs had 477 points to Cal's 393. Stanford was eighth at 246. Cal's Elizabeth Pelton broke her own U.S. record in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:47.84. Northwestern senior Jason Welch (Las Lomas High) lost to Iowa's Derek St. John 3-2 in the 157-pound final of the NCAA wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Welch, the No. 1 seed, is 0-6 in his career against St. John. Stanford's Alexander Massialas won the men's foil at the NCAA fencing championships in Colorado Springs, beating Penn State's David Willette (Lafayette) 15-10. Senior Jolene Henderson tied Michele Granger for career softball wins at Cal with 119, and the No. 6 Bears (25-3, 2-0 Pac-12) posted a 9-4 win over visiting Utah (13-12-1, 0-2). Henderson (21-2) allowed three earned runs. The Cal baseball team (14-9, 4-1 Pac-12) took an early 2-0 lead at No. 11 UCLA (16-4, 4-1) but lost 8-3. Cal freshman Nick Halamandaris hit a homer for his first collegiate hit. The Saint Mary's baseball team (6-17, 0-2 WCC) lost 6-1 to visiting Loyola Marymount (10-12, 3-2). Jordan Mills (1-3) took the loss, allowing one earned run in six innings.
Wire services contributed to this report.