2008–09 Idaho Vandals men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Idaho Vandals men's basketball team represented the University of Idaho during the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the Vandals were led by first-year head coach Don Verlin and played their home games on campus at Cowan Spectrum in Moscow, Idaho.

2008–09 Idaho Vandals men's basketball
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Record17–16 (9–7 WAC)
Head coach
Home arenaCowan Spectrum
Seasons
2008–09 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
Utah State 14 2   .875 30 5   .857
Nevada 11 5   .688 21 13   .618
Idaho 9 7   .563 17 16   .515
Boise State 9 7   .563 19 13   .594
New Mexico State 9 7   .563 17 15   .531
Louisiana Tech 6 10   .375 15 18   .455
San Jose State 6 10   .375 13 17   .433
Hawaii 5 11   .313 13 17   .433
Fresno State 3 13   .188 13 21   .382
Conference tournament winner

The Vandals were 16–14 overall in the regular season and 9–7 in conference play, tied for third in the standings. They met sixth-seed Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in Reno and lost by eight points. Invited to the inaugural edition of the 16-team CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), Idaho advanced to the quarterfinals.[1][2]

Verlin was hired in March; he was previously an assistant at Utah State under Stew Morrill.[3][4]

Postseason resultEdit

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
WAC Tournament
Thu, March 12
8:30 pm
at (6) Louisiana Tech
Quarterfinal
L 62–70  16–15
Lawlor Events Center 
Reno, Nevada
CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Wed, March 18*
8:05 pm
Drake
First round
W 69–67  17–15
Cowan Spectrum 
Moscow, Idaho
Mon, March 23*
7:00 pm
at Pacific
Quarterfinal
L 59–69  17–16
Spanos Center 
Stockton, California
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pacific headed to semifinals of new tourney". Lodi News-Sentinel. (California). Associated Press. March 24, 2009. p. 10.
  2. ^ Johnstone, Levi (March 24, 2009). "Tigers end UI tourney run". Argonaut. (Moscow, Idaho). (University of Idaho). p. 10.
  3. ^ Lee, Greg (March 25, 2008). "Verlin takes 'bird in hand'". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Jones, Hugh (March 25, 2008). "Spear welcomes new coach". Argonaut. (Moscow, Idaho). (University of Idaho). p. 11.

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