Think seeding is important?

It sure is in the National Invitation Tournament, where top-seeded Alabama will get to host second-seeded Maryland on Tuesday night for the right to advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on April 2.

The better seed gets the home game in the NIT.  

Alabama defeated fourth-seeded Stanford, 66-54, on Saturday to advance. If the Cardinal had won, the Terps would have hosted the quarterfinal game at Comcast Center.

Maryland has won four of five games since the regular season ended -- two in the ACC tournament and two in the NIT.

Alabama and Maryland last played in Puerto Rico early last season -- a 20-point Alabama win.

The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost at home since Dec. 30 -- a 53-50 loss to Tulane.

Since then, Alabama (23-12) has 12 straight victories at home.