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2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held between March 12 and March 15, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All ten schools in the conference qualified for the tournament. Number one seed UCLA defeated number two seed Stanford 67–64 to win the conference tournament. It was the first time since 2005 that the top two seeded teams were in the final game. UCLA was the regular season champion. A record crowd of 18,997 (Staples Center capacity for Basketball) was on hand to watch UCLA defeat USC 57–54 in the semi finals.[2] On January 3, 2010, USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett announced that the school was to vacate the 2007–08 season's victories for NCAA violations by the basketball team.[3]

2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2007–08
Teams10
SiteStaples Center
Los Angeles, California
ChampionsUCLA (3rd title)
Winning coachBen Howland (2nd title)
MVPDarren Collison[1] (UCLA)
Attendance81,809 (5 sessions)
18,672 (Final)
Top scorerBrook Lopez (Stanford)
(65 points)
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2007–08 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UCLA 16 2   .889     35 4   .897
#11 Stanford 13 5   .722     28 8   .778
#21 Washington State 11 7   .611     26 9   .743
Arizona State 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Oregon 9 9   .500     18 14   .563
Arizona 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Washington 7 11   .389     16 17   .485
California 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Oregon State 0 18   .000     6 25   .194
USC* 0 7   .000     0 12   .000
2008 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of April 5, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll
*USC vacated 11 conference and 21 overall wins, due to NCAA rules violations.
UCLA's Kevin Love on the perimeter at Pac-10 Championship game against Stanford at Staples Center, Los Angeles, 2008. Ben Howland and the UCLA bench looks on from the sideline.

Contents

SeedsEdit

All Pacific-10 schools played in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records.

Seed School Conference (Overall) Tiebreaker
1 UCLA 16–2 (28–3)
2 Stanford 13–5 (24–6)
3 Washington State 11–7 (23–7) 2–0 vs. USC
4 USC 11–7 (25–7) 0-2 vs. WSU
5 Arizona State 9–9 (19–11) 2–0 vs. Oregon
6 Oregon 9–9 (18–12) 0–2 vs. ASU
7 Arizona 8–10 (18–13)
8 Washington 7–11 (16–15)
9 California 6–12 (15–14)
10 Oregon State 0–18 (6–24)

BracketEdit

  Play-In Round
March 12
Quarterfinals
March 13
Semifinals
March 14
Final
March 15
                                     
    1 #3 UCLA 88  
8 Washington 81     9 California 66    
  1 #3 UCLA 57  
9 California 84    
  4 USC 54    
4 USC* 59*
   
  5 Arizona State 55  
    1 #3 UCLA 67
  2 #11 Stanford 64
  3 #21Washington State 75    
6 Oregon 70    
  3 #21 Washington State 68
7 Arizona 87  
  2 #11 Stanford 75  
10 Oregon State 56     2 #11 Stanford 75
 
    7 Arizona 64  

* Denotes a vacated win, as the result of a January 3, 2010 announcement that USC has vacated all wins during the 2007–2008 season, including its Pac-10 Conference Tournament victory over Arizona State (therefore, USC finished the season with a record of 0–12).[4]

All-Tournament TeamEdit

Most Outstanding PlayerEdit

 
Collison at the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game

Aftermath & notesEdit

  • Arch rivals UCLA and USC met for the first time in 225 games in post-season play. The teams had split in the regular season, with the Trojans winning at Pauley Pavilion and the Bruins winning at Galen Center. In their third matchup of the season, a capacity crowd of 18,997 at the Staples Center saw UCLA beat USC 57–54 in the tournament semi-finals.[5] Both teams had highly regarded freshmen: Kevin Love and O. J. Mayo.
  • This was the fourth match up between any arch-rival pairs in Pac-10 history, with only the two Oregon schools yet to meet.
  • Arizona set a record for most points in a half (1st) for any Pac-10/12 Tournament game with 59 (vs. OSU (21) on Mar. 12, 2008.
  • Brook Lopez of Stanford had an individual tournament record 60 field goal attempts (25 made in 3 games) which still stands.
  • Nine Pacific-10 teams were invited to Post season play. UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, USC, Arizona, and Oregon were invited to the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. UCLA was the number one seed in the West Regional bracket. Arizona State and California were invited to the 2008 National Invitation Tournament. Washington was invited to the 2008 College Basketball Invitational.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 3 UCLA Beats No. 11 Stanford for Pac-10 Tournament Title". Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  2. ^ Pac-10 News – This week in Pac-10 Men's basketball Archived 2008-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, Pac-10, March 17, 2008
  3. ^ David Wharton and Baxter Holmes, O.J. Mayo scandal leads to heavy sanctions for USC basketball; team 'shocked and saddened', Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2010
  4. ^ USC punishes itself for rules violations, ESPN.com, January 3, 2010
  5. ^ No. 3 UCLA Advances to Pac-10 Championship Game With 57–54 Win Archived 2008-03-18 at the Wayback Machine. UCLA Athletic Department, March 14, 2008

2007–08 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Guide pages 50–60 (PDF copy available at 2007–08 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Guide)