Top-seeded Stanford averts disaster

No. 16 Tulsa gives Cardinal a scare; Michigan up next

Updated: March 25, 2013, 12:21 AM ET
By Michelle Smith

STANFORD, Calif. -- If margin of victory for a No. 1 seed in the opening round of the NCAA tournament is a measure of some kind, Stanford ought to be concerned. Unless, the measure is grit.

Typically, a No. 1 seed doesn't want to have to rely on grit quite this soon. Stanford probably would have much preferred to cruise through the opener like its top-seeded sisters -- Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame won their openers by an average margin of 47.7 points. No doubt the Cardinal would ...

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