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|
|Conference||Western Athletic Conference|
|Record||17–16 (9–7 WAC)|
|Home arena||Cowan Spectrum|
|2008–09 WAC men's basketball standings|
|Utah State †||14||–||2||.875||30||–||5||.857|
|New Mexico State||9||–||7||.563||17||–||15||.531|
|San Jose State||6||–||10||.375||13||–||17||.433|
|† 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.
|Opponent||Result||Record||Site (attendance) |
|Thu, March 12
|at (6) Louisiana Tech
||Lawlor Events Center |
|Wed, March 18*
||Cowan Spectrum |
|Mon, March 23*
||Spanos Center |
- "Pacific headed to semifinals of new tourney". Lodi News-Sentinel. (California). Associated Press. March 24, 2009. p. 10.
- Johnstone, Levi (March 24, 2009). "Tigers end UI tourney run". Argonaut. (Moscow, Idaho). (University of Idaho). p. 10.
- Lee, Greg (March 25, 2008). "Verlin takes 'bird in hand'". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved April 22, 2019.
- Jones, Hugh (March 25, 2008). "Spear welcomes new coach". Argonaut. (Moscow, Idaho). (University of Idaho). p. 11.