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


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

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

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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