Basketball: Did Stanford save the Pac-12?

The Pac-12 won’t be represented at the Final Four in New Orleans this weekend, but Stanford gave the league’s sagging rep a small boost by crushing Minnesota 75-51 in the championship game of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle each scored 15 points as the Cardinal (26-11) duplicated the NIT crown it won in 1991. Stanford outscored the Golden Gophers (23-15) 44-26 in the second half and held Minnesota to 37-percent shooting with 22 turnovers.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SportsBrah

    Did Stanford save the PAC-12 by winning the NIT? Um, no.

  • bigdruid

    It’s better than nothing, I guess, and definitely better than the faceplant the Bears did. Congrats, ‘furd.

  • GoldenBear 77

    The National Insignificant Tournament — agree — Um, no. They did solidify their position as the 69th best team in college basketball for this year.

  • Esquire Joe

    Back when Cal won their NIT in 2000, when my friends would give me crap about them being the 65th best team in the country, I used to say that only two teams could say that they won their last post-season game of the year, and Cal was one of them.

    Stanford can’t even say that. How many post-season tournaments are there now? Five?

  • eric

    As a Cal fan, I’m certainly happy we made the tournament, something Furd cannot claim. That being said, it is a nice feather in Furd’s cap to say they won the NIT. There is no shame in it, and it does give something to the Pac-12. Congrats to them for having a terrific ending to a ho-hum season.

  • Mitchie V

    Good on them!