Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown Lead Stanford To NIT Championship Victory

The Cardinal blew out the Golden Gophers in the second half of the NIT Championship, earning the lopsided 75-51 win at Madison Square Garden. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Cardinal Win NIT Championship, Foreshadowing Strong 2012-13 Season

The Stanford Cardinal dominated the championship game of the NIT Tournament, knocking off the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 75-51. Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright both had 15 points, while Anthony Brown added 11 and six rebounds. Minnesota shot just 37% from the field and went 3-for-13 from behind the arc.

The victory itself was impressive, but when you consider that the Cardinal will only lose two seniors this summer, the future looks very bright in Palo Alto.

The loss of starting forward Josh Owens and center Andrew Zimmerman will be felt due to the size and strength they provided whenever on the court, but the rest of the roster will return. Randle, a freshman guard, could be a favorite for Conference Player of the Year given his strong debut campaign, as will Aaron Bright as he begins his junior campaign. Combine these proven scorers with a solid recruiting class and Stanford could very well be an NCAA Tournament team next season.

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Minnesota Vs. Stanford, Final Score: Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown Pace Card to NIT Title 75-51

After a solid season in the Pac-12 and falling short in the conference championship the Stanford Cardinal were out for blood in the 2012 NIT tournament, with their latest victim coming in the form of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. And behind some lockdown defense and an up tempo offensive attack, the Cardinal won their second ever NIT Championship by the score of 75-51.

The Card (26-11, 10-8 Pac-12) were up only six at halftime, but came out of the half sharp and on the attack, never relenting down to the final buzzer. Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown each scored 15 points apiece while Anthony Brown added 11 and Jarett Mann nine. They shot an even 50 percent from the field and downtown, while locking down Minnesota the entire night on defense as well.

The Golden Gophers (23-15, 6-12 Big Ten) shot an abismal 36 percent as a team while committing 21 turnovers, lead by Rodney Williams' 12, all scored in the first half. Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman each added 10.

The Cardinal's last NIT Championship was in 1991 and is the first for head coach Johnny Dawkins.

Full box score can be found here.

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NIT Championship, Minnesota Vs. Stanford : Cardinal Lead Golden Gophers 31-25 At Halftime

After a long season of hard fought wins the Stanford Cardinal find themselves in the 2012 NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, taking on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the ultimate crown. The Card continue to spread the wealth on offense while staying disciplined on defense, riding a balanced attack to a 31-25 lead at the half.

Aaron Bright, Chasson Randle and Josh Owens have led the way for the Card, scoring eight, six, and five respectfully, though only two Cardinal players havent scored a point yet. They shot 43 percent from the floor as a team, though committed 10 turnovers, helping the Golden Gophers stay in the game.

Rodney Williams has put the team on his back thus far for Minnesota, scoring 12 of their 25 points in the first half. They've also turned it over nine times while shooting only 33 percent as a team.

If Stanford can keep their foot on the gas, they might just become the NIT champs of 2012.

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2012 NIT Championship, Stanford Vs. Minnesota: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Stanford Cardinal look to wrap up their 2011-12 NCAA basketball season with a championship as meet the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden. Stanford advanced to the championship game with a 74-64 victory over the UMass Minuteman in the semifinals. Minnesota advanced with a 68-67 win over the Washington Huskies.

Stanford spent the first three rounds as a three seed hosting Cleveland State, Illinois State and Nevada. They had little trouble along the way as they rolled to Madison Square Garden. Minnesota entered the tournament as a six seed and had to defeat higher seeds on the road throughout the tournament. The Gophers enter this contest as a slim one point favorite over the Cardinal.

This game marks the first meeting of the schools since 1975. Minnesota has claimed all four meetings in the series, with the Gophers winning the last contest 89-84. The Gophers are 6-1 over their last seven games after finishing Big Ten play at 6-12. The Gophers are led by Trevor Mbakwe who is averaging 14 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Rodney Williams contributes 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

STANFORD - MINNESOTA LIVE COVERAGE

Date: March, 29 2012

Time: 4:00 PM PT (7:00 ET)

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

TV: ESPN, Mike Patrick (Play by Play), Fran Fraschilla (Analyst), Bill Raftery (Analyst)

Online Stream: ESPN3.com

Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller), Westwood One Radio (PBP: Bob Papa, Analyst: Steve Lappas), KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: JD Haddon, Analyst: Kevin Zhang)

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NIT 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Stanford Faces Minnesota For The Title

The Stanford Cardinal and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are the final two teams left fighting for an NIT championship. Let's take a look at how they both got there.

Stanford was able to get to New York without having to leave Palo Alto. They beat Cleveland State 76-65, then earned another home contest against Illinois State after they upset Ole Miss. Stanford beat Illinois State in overtime, then routed Nevada in the quarterfinal. Stanford beat UMass 74-64 in the semifinal.

Minnesota got to the NIT final with three road victories: Beating La Salle 70-61, Miami (FL) 78-60, and Middle Tennessee State 78-72. They then outlasted Washington 68-67 in overtime to earn a semifinal matchup.

The game will take place at Madison Square Garden at 4 PM PT, 7 PM ET on ESPN. You can watch the game live.

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NIT Championship 2012: Stanford Cardinal To Face Minnesota Gophers On Thursday

The Stanford Cardinal may not have achieved their goal of an NCAA Tournament bid, but the team has played their best basketball in recent weeks and is now just one game away from the 2012 NIT championship. Given the youth on this Cardinal team, winning the NIT is nothing to sneeze at and the tournament has served as valuable experience for the club moving forward.

After Stanford knocked off Massachusetts on Tuesday night, the Minnesota Golden Gophers won a thriller in overtime against the Washington Huskies. The Cardinal will play the Gophers on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, with ESPN airing the action.

As for Minnesota, they went 19-12 in the regular season and featured an unimpressive record in Big 10 play of 6-12. They have struggled to score the ball at times this season, although they play tough defense for all 40 minutes. Big man Trevor Mbakwe averages 14 points and nine rebounds a night, while forward Rodney Williams is the only other scorer to average double figures (11.2 PPG).

This is a winnable game for the Cardinal, but it will not come easy. Do not let the No. 6 seed next to Minnesota's name fool you; this is a solid team that is hungry to salvage a rough season.

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NIT 2012, UMass Vs. Stanford: Anthony Brown, Aaron Bright Pace Cardinal to 74-64 Victory

The Stanford Cardinal travelled across the country for a chance to play in the 2012 NIT Championship game, but would have to get past the UMass Minutemen first on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. And behind another solid team performance for Johnny Dawkins' Card, Stanford took care of business by the score of 74-64.

Anthony Brown led Stanford (25-11, 10-8 Pac-12) with 18 points on the night, one of four Cardinal players in double-figures this evening, along with Josh Owens' 15 and 11 boards, Aaron Bright's 13 including 6-6 form the charity stripe, and Chasson Randle's 12 and seven rebounds. They commited a fairly rare 17 turnovers, but out rebounded the Minutemen by 12 (46-34).

Chaz Williams' 19 would prove not enough for UMass (25-12, 9-7 A-10), while Freddie Riley added 10 off the bench. Their fate was sealed at the free throw line this evening, shooting a team 59 percent (13-22), though shot only 33 percent from the field as a team as well.

Now Stanford will face the winner of the Washington Huskies and Minnesota Golden Gophers semifinal, possibly setting up an all Pac-12 Championship in this year's NIT.

Full box score can be found here.

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NIT 2012, Stanford vs. UMass Halftime Score: Josh Owens' 11 Paces Card to 36-33 Lead

The Stanford Cardinal arrived at Madison Square Garden riding high after their demolition of the Nevada Wolf Pack to make it to the 2012 NIT Final Four. But the UMass Minutemen were more than ready for the Cardinal's challenge, battling hard down to the whistle in the first half, though the Cardinal took a 36-33 lead into the locker room Tuesday night in New York City.

The Cardinal are getting another well-rounded offensive performance, led byJosh Owens'11 first half points and five rebounds, while Josh Huestis added six and six boards. Chasson Randle, Aaron Bright, and Anthony Brown all added with five points.

As for UMass, Raphiael Putney and Chaz Williams led the way in the first half, scoring eight and seven respectfully, and even outshot the Cardinal 36 to 33 percent from the floor, despite trailing at the half. This one could go down to the wire at MSG tonight, or even beyond.

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NIT Tournament 2012, UMass Vs. Stanford: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Stanford continues its postseason run in the 2012 NIT tournament semifinals against the UMass Minutemen on Tuesday night. The No. 3 seeded Cardinal travel for the first time in this tournament after hosting and winning three straight games at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal advance to this semifinal matchup after an 84-56 blowout victory over Stanford last Wednesday. As a No. 6 seed, UMass has beat the No. 4, No. 1 and No. 3 seeds (in order) to get to the semifinals.

Stanford and UMass' last meeting was in 1996, the Cardinal fell to UMass 79-74 in that game. The two teams share one common opponent in Utah. UMass beat Utah 89-75 in November, while the Cardinal split its series against Utah in conference play.

STANFORD - UMASS LIVE COVERAGE

Date: March, 27 2012

Time: 4:00 PM PT (7:00 ET)

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

TV: ESPN2, Mike Patrick (Play by Play), Fran Fraschilla (Analyst), Bill Raftery (Analyst)

Online Stream: ESPN3.com

Radio: KNBR 1050AM, John Platz (Play by Play), Drew Shiller (Analyst)

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NIT Tournament 2012 Scores, Stanford Vs. Nevada: Cardinal Headed To Final Four With 84-56 Victory

The Nevada Wolf Pack have been a tough victory for almost every team they faced this season, but came out flat and never recovered against the Stanford Cardinal Wednesday night in the quarterfinal of the 2012 NIT Tournament at Maples Pavilion. But the Card can out ready, and with a well-balanced offensive attack and stout defense the Cardinal are heading to Madison Square Garden with their 84-56 victory.

Stanford began with a 5-0 lead and never looked back, shooting 53 percent as team with eight players scoring eight points or better. Josh Owens and Chasson Randle each dropped 15 apiece, while Josh Huestis 12 and Aaron Bright 10.

As for the Wolf Pack, their trio of Malik Story, Deonte Burton and Olek Czyz were essentially their entire offensive tonight, combining for 38 of the teams 56 points shooting only 38.8 percent along with 14 turnovers.

Full box score can be found here.

Stanford now takes on UMass next Tuesday, March, 27, in the Final Four on the NIT, with tipoff at Madison Square Garden set for 6:00 p.m. PT.

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Nevada Vs. Stanford, Halftime Score: Well-Rounded Attack Carries Cardinal To 42-27 Lead

The Stanford Cardinal were looking to pack their bags for the Big Apple and the final four of the 2012 NIT Tournament at Madison Square Garden, but the Nevada Wolf Pack were hungry to do the same. And after a well-rounded first half from the Cardinal, Stanford finds themselves one half away, taking a lead into halftime at Maples Pavilion.

Only two Stanford players didn't get on the board in the first half, led by Josh Huestis' nine points and Aaron Bright's seven. Josh Owens, Andrew Zimmerman, Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle all had six in the first half as well.

As for the Wolf Pack, Malik Story and Deonte Burton led the way with nine and six respectfully, shooting only 36 percent from the floor as a team compared to the 65 percent clip of the Cardinal. If this keeps up, the Cardinal could be thinking about what ensembles to pack for their trip to New York City.

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NIT 2012, Nevada Vs. Stanford: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Stanford Cardinal continue to roll through the competition in the 2012 NIt Tournament, but may have met their match in the form of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the quarterfinal round at Maples Pavilion Wednesday night.

Both the No. 3 seeded Stanford (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12) and No. 5 seeded Nevada (28-6, 13-1 WAC) are vying for a trip to Madison Square Garden for the semifinal round of the tournament this evening. The Card remain the highest seed remaining in their region, but will have their hands full with the dangerous Wolf Pack who are 12-4 away from Lawlor Events Center this season.

Stanford owns a 20-9 all-time lead in the series, dating all the way back to 1913-14. The Cardinal has won five in a row, including a 68-39 shellacking back on Dec. 16, 1999 in their most recent meeting.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • 6 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (3), Nevada (5)
Series History: Stanford leads 20-9
Last Meeting: Stanford 68, Nevada 39 (Dec. 16, 1999)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Roxy Bernstein, Analyst: Stephen Bardo)

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Stanford Vs. Illinois St, 2012 NIT Tournament: Aaron Bright Paces Card to 92-88 Overtime Victory

The Stanford Cardinal hosted the Illinois St. Redbirds Monday night in the second round of the NIT Tournament at Maples Pavilion, taking it down to the wire and then some. But Chasson Randle's 3-pointer with just over a minute left in overtime put ahead to stay the Card up for good, advancing to the semifinals with a 92-88 victory.

Aaron Bright led the way for Stanford (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12) hit six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 29 points for the Card, who overcame a 11-point deficit to ensure their victory. As for Randle, he finished with 19 points while Dwight Powell added a season-high 18 points. Josh Owens became the 40th player in Stanford men's basketball histroyto score 1,000 points as well, dropping seven on the night.

Nic Moore scored a career high 25 points for the Redbirds (21-14), who just so happened to work their way into their third consecutive overtime game. Tyler Brown added 23 points, while Jackie Carmichael had 21 points.

Stanford now hosts the Nevada Wolf Pac on Wednesday for the change to move on to Madison Square Garden.

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Stanford Vs. Illinois State: Schedule,TV Time, Radio And More

The Stanford Cardinal could be playing their last home game of the 2011-12 season Monday night as they host the Illinois State Redbirds (21-13, 9-9 Missouri Valley) in the second round of the NIT tournament at Maples Pavilion.

The No. 3 seeded Cardinal (22-11, 10-8 Pac-12) remain the highest seed standing in their region, after No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 Mississippi were eliminated early. That means the Card could remain at Maples until the semifinals March 27-29 out in New York. The winner takes on the Nevada Wolf Pack in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Senior Josh Owens is only one point away from 1,000 career points at Stanford, becoming only the 40th player in school history to achieve that feat in the 97 years of the program’s existence.

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012 • 8:30 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) • Stanford, CA
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (3), Illinois State (7)
Series History: First Meeting
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Jacob Jaffe, Analyst: Zach Zimmerman)
TV: ESPN2 (PBP: Roxy Bernstein, Analyst: Mark Adams)

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NIT Tournament 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Stanford Plays On Monday

The Stanford Cardinal may have missed out on the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they're currently the only Bay Area team still in contention to win a basketball championship. The 2012 NIT is underway and the Cardinal have advanced to the second round, which has been staggered out over several days.

The Washington Huskies have already advanced by defeating the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday night. On Saturday, the Seton Hall Pirates were upset by the Massachusetts Minutemen, proving that the NIT is not without the aspect of unpredictability that makes the NCAA Tournament so watchable.

No. 3 Stanford will face off against No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Here's the full lineup of games for the second round. Games already played appear in bold.

REGION 1

No. 1 Washington def. No. 4 Northwestern, 76-55

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 7 Iowa - March 18, 5:00 p.m. ET

REGION 2

No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Middle Tennessee - March 19, 7:00 p.m. ET

No. 2 Miami (FL) vs. No. 6 Minnesota - March 19, 9:00 p.m. ET

REGION 3

No. 5 Massachusetts def. No. 1 Seton Hall, 77-67

No. 3 Drexel vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa - March 18, 11:00 a.m. ET

REGION 4

No. 5 Bucknell vs. No. 8 Nevada - March 18, 3:00 p.m. ET

No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 7 Illinois State - March 19, 11:30 p.m. ET

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Stanford Vs. Cleveland State, NIT Scores: Cardinal's Season Continues After 76-65 Victory

Even though the Stanford Cardinal didn't make the big dance, their season lives on in the NIT tournament against the Cleveland State Vikings after a thrilling 76-65 victory on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, CA.

The trio of Aaron Bright, Josh Owens and Anthony Brown led the way for the Cardinal this evening, with Bright dropping 17 and Owens and Brown adding 15 apiece. Brown also had himself a double-double with 12 rebounds

As for the Vikings, Jeremy Montgomery and Tim Kamczyc led the way with 15 and 13 points respectfully as the team shot themselves in the proverbial foot with 21 turnovers and only 37.3 percent shooting from the floor.

The Card now move on to face the winner of the Illinois State vs. Ole Miss matchup taking place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPNU.

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NIT Tournament Bracket 2012: Stanford Makes No. 3 Seed

The Stanford Cardinal missed out on the Pac-12 championship and the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they have great placing in the 2012 NIT Tournament that begins this week. Check out the brackets below.

The first bracket features plenty of Pac-12 teams that missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks, Tue 10 PM ET/7 PM PT, ESPNU
No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips, Tue 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT, ESPN2
No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers, Tue 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT, ESPN
No. 2 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes, Tue 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT, ESPN

And the second bracket looks like this:

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers, Tue 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, ESPNU
No. 4 Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd, Tue 9:15 PM ET/6:15 PM PT, ESPN3
No. 3 La Salle Explorers vs. No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers, Wed. 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, ESPN2
No. 2 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders, Wed. 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT, ESPNU

Here is the third bracket:

No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves, Tue 7:15 PM ET/4:15 PM PT, ESPN3
No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. No. 5 UMass Minutemen, Tue 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT, ESPN2
No. 3 Drexel Dragons vs. No. 6 Central Florida Knights, Wed. 7:15 PM ET/4:15 PM PT, ESPN3
No. 2 St. Joseph's Hawks vs. No. 7 UNI, Wed. 7:15 PM ET/4:15 PM PT, ESPN3

And the final bracket:

No. 1 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 8 Bucknell Bison, Wed. 10 PM ET/7 PM PT, ESPN2
No. 4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack, Wed. 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT, ESPN3
No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings, Tue 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT, ESPN2
No. 2 Ole Miss vs. No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds, Wed. 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT, ESPNU 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT, ESPN

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NIT Tournament Projections 2012: Stanford Has Chance To Receive Invite To Tournament

The Stanford Cardinal missed out on the NCAA Tournament but they will have another shot. at a postseason tournament. The NIT selections will be announced on Sunday.

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