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Stanford finally started putting things together in Johnny Dawkins' fourth year as the Cardinal's head coach.
They went 26-11 overall and 10-8 in Pac 12 play, but got hot at just the right time.
The Cardinal reeled off five straight victories in the NIT and won the 2012 tournament championship.
Stanford returns five of its top six scorers.
The Cardinal has one of the country's most undervalued backcourts in 6-1 sophomore Chasson Randle (13.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and 5-11 junior combo guard Aaron Bright (11.7 ppg, 3.7 apg).
Bright came up huge in NIT, earning the tournament MVP.
Anthony Brown, a 6'8" SF who averaged 8 ppg, creates match-up troubles on the wing with his length and size.
While Stanford may not have the talent and depth to take on Arizona or UCLA for the league title, look for the Cardinal to build off of last year's success and finish in Top 25.