2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's
Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2007–08
Teams 10
Site Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
Champions UCLA (3rd title)
Winning coach Ben Howland (2nd title)
MVP Darren Collison[1] UCLA
Attendance 81,809 (5 sessions)
18,672 (Final)
Top scorer Brook Lopez Stanford
(65 points)
Post-Pacific-10 Conference
tournament(s)
2008 NIT, 2008 NCAA,
2008 CBI
Pacific-10 Conference Men's
Basketball Tournaments
«2007  2009»
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.

The 2008 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held between March 12 and March 15, 2008 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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]

Seeds[edit]

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)

Bracket[edit]

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

Most Outstanding Player[edit]

Collison at the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game

Aftermath[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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 Men's Division I 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.

References[edit]

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)