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Stanford brings more experience to NIT championship game against Miami

Anthony Brown #21 of the Stanford Cardinal looks

Anthony Brown #21 of the Stanford Cardinal looks to pass around Jordan Baker #0 of the Old Dominion Monarchs during the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jeff Zelevansky

Miami takes on Stanford in the NIT championship game at 9 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Here's a look back at how each team has fared in the postseason.


In its first NIT Final Four, No. 2 Miami squeaked past No. 1 Temple, 60-57, as a last-second three-pointer by the Owls' Quenton DeCosey missed off the back iron.

The Hurricanes have appeared in the NIT six times since 2005 but never made it past the third round. In other postseason history, Miami has appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times, but has never made it past the second round, including in in 2013's loss to Illinois, 63-59.


No. 2 Stanford knocked off No. 1 Old Dominion, 67-60, in the NIT semifinal to advance to the program's third final.

Stanford has won two NIT titles -- in 1991 and 2012. Fifth-year seniors Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown and seniors Chasson Randle, Jack Ryan and Wade Morgan played for the 2012 championship team.

Brown averaged 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Randle averaged 14 points during the team's five-game NIT title run in 2012.

Brown, Randle and Nastic are all big parts of the 2015 squad. Each put up double figures in the Cardinal's win over Old Dominion.

Stanford historically has more postseason experience than Miami. The Cardinal has been to the NCAA Tournament 17 times, including two Final Four appearances in 1997 and 1998 and a title in 1942. Last season, seventh-year head coach Johnny Dawkins led the Cardinal to the tournament for the first time since 2008.


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