Oklahoma streaked into the final of the National Invitation Tournament, while Stanford took the inside track.
Oklahoma wiped out a 14-point deficit in the second half and beat Colorado for the 24th consecutive time, 88-78, Monday night at Madison Square Garden. In the opener, Stanford used its inside power to defeat Massachusetts 73-71 and advance to Wednesday night's championship game.It will be the first NIT final for both schools.
Jeff Webster scored 24 points as Oklahoma continued its mastery of Colorado, which hasn't beaten the Sooners since 1982.
"When you play some teams, you feel you can beat them anytime," said Oklahoma guard Terry Evans, who scored 16 points. "It seems that every time we're in a close game with Colorado, we win."
It was the second straight time Colorado blew a big lead against Oklahoma. When they played in Boulder on Feb. 27, Oklahoma overcame an 18-point deficit and won 69-68 on a last-second shot.
"We could have won two games against Oklahoma this year," said Colorado coach Joe Harrington. "We're going to beat them before too long. We know it, and (Oklahoma coach) Billy Tubbs knows it."
Colorado (18-14), making its first postseason appearance since 1969, was led by center Shaun Vandiver with 31 points.
Center Adam Keefe scored 24 points and forward Andrew Vlahov added 20 as Stanford edged Massachusetts.
Keefe and Vlahov each had 14 points in the second half as Stanford withstood a late rally by the Minutemen, who trailed almost the entire way. Vlahov grabbed 11 rebounds and Keefe got 10 for the Cardinal, which outrebounded the Minutemen 42-31.
"Our big men caused them a lot of problems," said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. "That's probably an understatement."
Keefe didn't score in the last nine minutes, but Vlahov filled the gap for Stanford (19-13), getting 10 points in the last 61/2 minutes.
"Keefe started getting so much heat that it allowed me to sneak in there and score," said Vlahov, an Australian who missed 11 games prior to the NIT after having surgery on his right ankle.
Vlahov, normally a 59 percent free-throw shooter, made all 12 of his attempts against Massachusetts.