2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Los Angeles, California
|Champions||Arizona (4th title)|
|Winning coach||Lute Olsen (4th title)|
|MVP||Luke Walton Arizona|
|Attendance||18,997 (final game)|
|2002 NIT, 2002 NCAA|
|Pacific-10 Conference Men's
|2001–02 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings|
|† 2002 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of July 10, 2011; Rankings from Coaches Poll
The 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was played between March 7 and March 9, 2002 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event was revived after a 12-year hiatus. USC made their first appearance in the final game. The champion of the tournament was Arizona, which received the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Most Outstanding Player was Luke Walton of Arizona. A Staples Center capacity crowd of 18,997 watched the championship game.
The top eight Pacific 10 schools play in the tournament. Teams are seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records.
|First Round (March 7)||Semifinals (March 8)||Finals (March 9)|
- Arch-rivals Arizona and ASU met for the first time in a Pac-10 Tournament (the 2nd meeting ever by any arch-rival universities).
- Only one lower seeded team beat a higher seeded team the whole tournament (#4 USC over #1 Oregon in the second round).
- In this tournament Oregon set the team single game record for the most blocked shots with 9 (vs. Washington).
- This was the first Pac-10 Basketball Tournament held in the 21st Century.
All Tournament Team
- Luke Walton, Arizona – Tournament MVP
- Sam Clancy, USC
- Brandon Granville, USC
- Jason Gardner, Arizona
- Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
- "Pacific 10 conference 2001–02 standings". Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "2002 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- PAC-10 News – This week in Pac-10 Men's basketball, PAC-10, March 17, 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)