Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Official logo of the tournament|
|Number of teams||12|
|Current stadium||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Current location||Paradise, Nevada|
|Last contest||2013 Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Most championships||Arizona Wildcats (4)|
|TV partner(s)||FSN and CBS (2002-2012);|
|Official website||Pac-12.org Men's Basketball|
|Pacific Life (2003–present)|
|Pauley Pavilion 1987
McKale Center 1988
The Forum 1989
University Activity Center 1990
Staples Center 2002-2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena 2013-2015
|Los Angeles 1987-2012
Tucson, Arizona 1988
Inglewood, California 1989
Tempe, Arizona 1990
Las Vegas 2013-2015
The Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, known since 2003 under sponsorship agreements as the Pacific Life Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament, and otherwise known as the Pac-12 Tournament, is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the Pacific-12 Conference, taking place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena starting in 2013.
The predecessor conference of the Pacific-12, the Pacific Coast Conference began playing basketball in the 1915–16 season. The PCC was split into North and South Divisions for basketball beginning with the 1922–23 season. The winners of the two divisions would play a best of three series of games to determine the PCC basketball champion. If two division teams tied, they would have a one game playoff to produce the division representative. Starting with the first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 1939, the winner of the PCC divisional playoff was given the automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Oregon, the 1939 PCC champion, won the championship game in the 1939 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The last divisional playoff was in the 1954–55 season. After that, there was no divisional play and all teams played each other in a round robin competition. From the 1955–56 season through the 1985–86 season, the regular season conference champion was awarded the NCAA tournament berth from the PCC, later AAWU, Pac-8 and Pac-10.
Beginning with the 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the Pac-12 would usually place at least one other at-large team in the tournament. Although, since the run by UCLA that ended in the 1970s, the Pac-10 would struggle to get out of the early rounds of the NCAA tournament.
By the 1985–86 season, the Pac-10 was one of three remaining conferences that gave their automatic NCAA tournament bid to the regular season round-robin champion. The other two conferences were the Ivy League and the Big Ten Conference.
The modern tournament format began in 1987. The first incarnation of the tournament ran from 1987 to 1990, hosted at different school sites. UCLA was awarded the inaugural tournament, which was won by the Bruins. The Arizona Wildcats would take the next three. It was dropped after 1990 upon opposition from coaches, poor revenue, and poor attendance. The Pac-10 went back to having the regular season conference champion get awarded the automatic NCAA tournament bid for the 1990–2001 seasons. During that time Arizona and UCLA both won NCAA championships.
2002 to the present
In 1998, the Big Ten began to hold a conference tournament, leaving the Pac-10 and Ivy League the lone conferences without post season tournaments. The tournament was restarted by a 8–2 vote of the athletic directors of the conference in 2000 after determining that a tournament would help increase exposure of the conference and help the seeding of the schools in the NCAA tournament. Stanford University and the University of Arizona opposed the tournament, while UCLA's and USC's votes, considered the deciding votes, were swayed by permanently hosting the tournament at Staples Center. Los Angeles is the second largest media market in the United States. The championship game has been broadcast nationally by CBS Sports.
With the 2011 championship game attracting only 12,074 paid attendees, less than two thirds the capacity of Staples Center, commissioner Larry Scott has reopened bids from other cities to host the Pac-12 Tournament. Other models including a round-robin model and hosting the tournament at conference sites have also been considered. Ultimately, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Seattle submitted bids for consideration.
On March 13, 2012 the Pac-12 Tournament was officially moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for a three year term.
Effective the 2012-13 season, as part of the new television contract signed with Fox Sports Net and ESPN, the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship will rotate between FSN/FX and ESPN/ESPN2, with ESPN obtaining odd year tournaments and FSN even numbered tournaments. The opening round games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
From 1987 to 1990 and 2006–11, all ten teams participated in the tournament, with the top six teams receiving a bye in the opening round. Between 2002 and 2005, only the top eight teams in the conference participated in the tournament. Of the Pac-12 schools, Washington State and Utah have never played in the championship game. Since 2012, all 12 teams have participated with the top 4 teams getting byes into the quarterfinals.
Tournament championships by school
|Arizona||4||1988, 1989, 1990, 2002|
|Oregon||3||2003, 2007, 2013|
|UCLA||3||1987, 2006, 2008|
|Washington||3||2005, 2010, 2011|
Most consecutive championships
4 – Arizona (1988, 1989, 1990, 2002)- Note: No tournament held between 1990-2002.
Coaches with multiple championships
- 4 – Lute Olson (Arizona – 1988,1989, 1990, 2002)
- 3 – Lorenzo Romar (Washington – 2005, 2010, 2011)
- 2 – Ernie Kent (Oregon – 2003, 2007)
- 2 – Ben Howland (UCLA – 2006, 2008)
Records All-Time by Team
- As of March 17, 2013
*USC vacated its win vs. ASU in the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament. The % is calculated without the vacated win.
Records All-Time by Seed
The number one seed has gone on to win 6 of the 16 conference tournaments. The best seed to win in the tournament history is the sixth seed. Notes— From 2002-2005 there were only eight seeds for the top eight teams participating in the tournament. In 2010 with USC on probation, only nine teams participated. From 2012 onward there have been 12 seeds. *In 2008 USC vacated its win vs. ASU, so that win is omitted from the 4 seeds all-time record below.
- As of March 17, 2013
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