As well as being one of the most prestigious universities on the west coast, Stanford also has a stellar athletics program. The Cardinal men’s basketball team plays in the Pac-12 Conference and has experienced success on some of college basketball’s biggest stages, of course including the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford had success in the pre-tournament ear, winning a Helms National Championship in 1937. Stanford made their first NCAA Tournament appearance 1942 and set the bar high by winning the tournament. Stanford beat Rice and Colorado in the first two games before beating Dartmouth by a score of 53-38 in the championship game. The Cardinal have yet to achieve that level of success again, but they have retained relevancy nonetheless. In 1998, Stanford made the Final Four where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 86-85 in OT. Outside the NCAA Tournament, Stanford has also experienced success by winning the NIT in 1991 and 2012.
Stanford Cardinal Recent NCAA Tourament History
Stanford’s last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2014 and it was their first appearance since 2008. Stanford received an at-large bid as a #10 in the South Region on the strength of their 21-12 record. In their first game, Stanford upset the favored #7 seed New Mexico Lobo’s by a score of 58-53. In their second game, Stanford pulled off a huge upset by defeating the #2 seed Kansas Jayhawks by the score of 60-57. This upset came thanks to an impressive defensive effort by the Cardinal and an all-around strong performance by Chasson Randle who had 13 points and six rebounds. In the Sweet Sixteen, Stanford played the #11 seed Dayton Flyers and lost by a score of 82-72.