Stanford was left out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and didn't look like the best Pac-12 team in the 2012 NIT. But the Cardinal made it to Madison Square Garden for Thursday's final, and stomped Minnesota, 75-51, for the 2012 NIT Championship.
Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle each had 15 points for the Cardinal, who pulled away in a second half that saw them outscore the Golden Gophers by 18. Stanford made 50 percent of its field goals and its threes, and the Cardinal had 11 steals on the night.
Those steals contributed to 21 Minnesota turnovers, but the Gophers' main problem was a lack of depth. No Minnesota player had more than Rodney Williams' 12 points, and just six Minnesota players scored.
The Gophers did narrowly avoid going down in infamy, as Stanford failed to set the NIT Championship record for margin of victory.
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