Stanford's guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each scored 15 points, and the Cardinal routed Minnesota 75-51 to win the NIT title Thursday night in New York.
Stanford forced two turnovers to open the second half to take a 10-point lead and stayed up by double figures the rest of the way. The Golden Gophers turned the ball over 22 times.
Both teams got off to a hot start, but then the Cardinal turned up the defensive pressure, and when the Gophers (23-15) got good looks, they couldn't hit them. Sixth-seeded Minnesota missed 16 of its last 19 shots in the first half.
Mercer wins CIT
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Travis Smith came off the bench to score 17 points, including a tiebreaking three-pointer with 90 seconds left, and Mercer won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament by beating Utah State 70-67 in Logan, Utah, on Wednesday night. Langston Hall, the tournament MVP, added 16 points for the Bears (27-11).
■ Danny Manning, the Kansas assistant and former star for the Jayhawks, has agreed to coach Tulsa. Manning, 45, is in New Orleans, where Kansas will play Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Saturday night. He won't join the Golden Hurricane until next week.
Another Kansas assistant, Barry Vinson, announced Wednesday he was leaving to coach Southern Illinois.
Manning replaces Doug Wojcik, who was fired after failing to make the NCAA Tournament in six seasons.
■ Illinois named John Groce its new coach. Groce has spent the past four seasons at Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats to an 85-56 overall record and a run to the Sweet 16 this year. Groce replaces Bruce Weber, who was fired earlier this month after nine seasons.
Heels turning pro
North Carolina underclassmen Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the NBA Draft.
Barnes averaged about 17 points, and Henson about 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. They put off entering the NBA Draft last spring for another shot at a national title despite being likely first-round picks.
Baylor coach has palsy
Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, but says the condition, a form of facial paralysis, won't change her approach to the Final Four. Her team plays Stanford Sunday.