Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Pac 12 tourney logo.jpg
Official logo of the tournament
Sport Basketball
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
Number of teams 12
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium MGM Grand Garden Arena
Current location Paradise, Nevada
Played 1987–1990, 2002–present
Last contest 2014 Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Current champion UCLA Bruins
Most championships Arizona Wildcats & UCLA Bruins (4)
TV partner(s) Pac-12 Networks, Fox Sports and ESPN (2013-2024)
Official website Pac-12.org Men's Basketball
Sponsors
New York Life
Host stadiums
Pauley Pavilion 1987
McKale Center 1988
The Forum 1989
University Activity Center 1990
Staples Center 2002-2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena 2013-2015
Host locations
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, 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.

History[edit]

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.

1987–1990[edit]

The old version of the tournament logo, 2003–2010
The old version of the tournament logo, 2010–2011

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.[1] 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[edit]

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 an 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 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.[4] Ultimately, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Seattle submitted bids for consideration.[5]

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.[6]

Television coverage[edit]

Effective the 2012-13 season, as part of the new television contract signed with Fox Sports and ESPN, one quarterfinal game, one semifinal game, and the championship game will rotate between Fox Sports and ESPN, with ESPN obtaining odd year tournaments and Fox Sports even numbered tournaments. All other games are broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

Format[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-Up Tournament MVP Arena (City) Total Attendance
1987 UCLA (1) 76–64 Washington Reggie Miller, UCLA Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, California) 37,663
1988 Arizona (1) 93–67 Oregon State Sean Elliott, Arizona McKale Center (Tucson, Arizona) 66,477
1989 Arizona (2) 73–51 Stanford Sean Elliott, Arizona Great Western Forum (Inglewood, California) 41,994
1990 Arizona (3) 94–78 UCLA Jud Buechler, Arizona University Activity Center (Tempe, Arizona) 36,052 (Record low)
2002 Arizona (4) 81–71 USC Luke Walton, Arizona Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 67,819
2003 Oregon (1) 74–66 USC Luke Ridnour, Oregon Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 63,663
2004 Stanford (1) 77–66 Washington Josh Childress, Stanford Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 60,126
2005 Washington (1) 81–72 Arizona Salim Stoudamire, Arizona Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 62,147
2006 UCLA (2) 71–52 California Leon Powe, California Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 74,801
2007 Oregon (2) 81–57 USC Tajuan Porter, Oregon Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 84,477 (Record)
2008 UCLA (3) 67–64 Stanford Darren Collison, UCLA Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 81,809
2009 USC (1) 66–63 Arizona State DeMar DeRozan, USC Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 77,452
2010 Washington (2) 79–75 California Isaiah Thomas, Washington Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 62,292
2011 Washington (3) 77–75 (OT) Arizona Isaiah Thomas, Washington Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 56,051
2012 Colorado (1) 53–51 Arizona Carlon Brown, Colorado Staples Center (Los Angeles, California) 63,414
2013 Oregon (3) 78–69 UCLA Johnathan Loyd, Oregon MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada) 63,750
2014 UCLA (4) 75–71 Arizona Kyle Anderson, UCLA MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)  
2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)  

Tournament championships by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
UCLA 4 1987, 2006, 2008, 2014
Arizona 4 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002
Oregon 3 2003, 2007, 2013
Washington 3 2005, 2010, 2011
Colorado 1 2012
Stanford 1 2004
USC 1 2009

Most consecutive championships[edit]

4 – Arizona (1988, 1989, 1990, 2002)

Note: No tournament held between 1990-2002.

Coaches with championships[edit]

Coaches by best all-time winning %[edit]

1.000 – Steve Alford (UCLA), (3-0)
.778 – Tad Boyle (Colorado), (7-2)
.750 – Walt Hazzard (UCLA), (3-1)
.727 – Lute Olson (Arizona), (16-6)
.667 – Dana Altman (Oregon), (6-3)
.667 – Tim Floyd (USC), (6-3)
.667 – Bill Frieder (ASU), (2-1)
.647 – Ernie Kent (Oregon), (11-6)
.636 – Lorenzo Romar (Washington), (14-8)
.600 – Jim Harrick (UCLA), (3-2)
.583 – Sean Miller (Arizona), (7-5)
.579 – Ben Howland (UCLA), (11-8)[7]

Note: Top 12 listed here.

Coaches by tournament wins[edit]

16 – Lute Olson (Arizona), (16-6)
14 – Lorenzo Romar (Washington), (14-8)
11 – Ernie Kent (Oregon), (11-6)
11 – Ben Howland (UCLA), (11-8)
10 – Mike Montgomery (Stan/Cal), (10-12)
7 – Tad Boyle (Colorado), (7-2)
7 – Sean Miller (Arizona), (7-5)
7 – Ben Braun (Cal), (7-7)[7]

Note: Top 8 listed here.

All-time records by team[edit]

As of March 17, 2014
School Record Winning Pct Championships Runners-Up
Arizona 24–13 .649 4 4
UCLA 24–13 .649 4 2
Oregon 19–13 .594 3 0
Washington 17–13 .567 3 2
USC 12*–14 .462 1 3
Stanford 15–16 .484 1 2
Colorado 7–2 .778 1 0
California 12–17 .429 0 2
Oregon State 8–15 .414 0 1
Arizona State 6–16 .273 0 1
Utah 3–3 .500 0 0
Washington State 5–15 .250 0 0

*USC vacated its win vs. ASU in the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament.

Records All-Time by Seed[edit]

The number one seed has gone on to win 6 of the 17 conference tournaments (35.3% of the time). The lowest 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.[7]

As of March 18, 2014
Seed Record Winning Pct Championships
1 30–11 .732 6
2 23–13 .639 4
3 21–14 .600 3
4 17–16 .515 1
5 9–16 .360 1
6 12–15 .444 2
7 15–17 .469 0
8 10–17 .370 0
9 7–13 .350 0
10 4–12 .250 0
11 0–3 .000 0
12 0–3 .000 0

Pac-12 Tournament records[edit]

Pac-12 Tournament team records[edit]

  • Margin of victory: 32 pts., Arizona (vs. Utah), (71–39), Mar. 13, 2014
    • 32 pts., UCLA (vs. OSU) (79-47), Mar. 9, 2006
  • Most points per game: 103 USC, (vs. Stanford) (78), Mar. 7, 2002
  • Fewest points per game: 40 USC (vs. UCLA), Mar. 7, 2012;
    • ORE vs. WSU, Mar. 11, 2009
  • Most points per tournament: 278 Arizona, (3 games) Mar. 1988
  • Most field goals per game
    • Team: 39 UCLA, (vs. ASU) (39-of-71), Mar. 6, 1987
    • Both Teams: 70, UCLA (39) vs. ASU (31), Mar. 6, 1987;
    • Both Teams: 70, Arizona (37) vs. OSU (33), Mar. 11, 1989
  • Most field goal attempts per game
    • Team: 88, Arizona (vs. UCLA), Mar. 13, 2003 (33-of-88) (OT)
    • Both Teams, Game: 157, UCLA (69) vs. ARIZ (88), Mar. 13, 2003 (OT)
  • Highest Field Goals % per game: 68.3%, CAL vs. USC, Mar. 10, 1988 (28-of-41)
  • Most Assists Per Game: 23, ARIZ vs. OSU, Mar. 11, 1989
  • Most Steals Per Game: 14, USC vs. CAL, Mar. 14, 2003; 14, ASU vs. USC, Mar. 13, 2008;
    • 14, UCLA vs. USC, Mar. 13, 2009
  • Most blocked shots per game: 9, ORE vs. WASH, Mar. 7, 2002
  • Most personal fouls per game (one team): 42, Oregon 42 (vs. UCLA) (1990)
  • Highest field goal percentage per game: .683, CAL vs. USC, Mar. 10, 1988 (28-of-41)

Pac-12 Tournament individual records[edit]

  • Most total points scored in:
    • Half: 25, Klay Thompson, Washington State vs. Washington, Mar. 10, 2011 (2nd)
    • Game: 43, Klay Thompson, Washington State vs. Washington, Mar. 10, 2011
    • Tournament: 83, Reggie Miller, UCLA, 1987 (3 games)
  • Most field goals per :
    • Game: 15, Reggie Miller, UCLA vs. Arizona State, Mar. 6, 1987 (15-of 20)
    • 15, Klay Thompson, Washington State vs. Washington, Mar. 10, 2011 (15-of-29)
    • Tournament: 27, Reggie Miller, UCLA, 1987 (3 games)
  • Most field goal attempts per:
    • Game: 29, Klay Thompson, Washington State vs. Washington, Mar. 10, 2011 (15-of-29)
    • Tournament: 60, Brook Lopez, Stanford, 2008 (25-of-60, 3 games)
  • Field goal percentage per:
    • Game (min 10 made): 1.000 Bryce Taylor, Oregon vs. USC, Mar. 10, 2007 (11-of-11)
    • Tournament (min 15 made): .791 Isaac Austin, Arizona State, 1988 (19-of-24, 3 games)
  • Most total rebounds per :
    • Game: 20 Leon Powe, California vs. USC, Mar. 9, 2006
    • Tournament: 41 André Roberson, Colorado, 2012 (4 games);
  • Most steals per :
    • Game: 7 James Harden, Arizona State vs. USC, Mar. 13, 2008
  • Most steals per:
    • Game: 5 Jason Washburn, Utah vs. Colorado, Mar. 7, 2012
    • Game: Ike Diogu, Arizona State vs. Washington, Mar. 10, 2005

Pac-12 Tournament final game team records[edit]

  • Most total points scored in a final game: 172 (Arizona 94, UCLA 78)(1990)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Duffy – Vote Today On Pac-10 Tournament. Daily Californian. Monday, October 23, 2000
  2. ^ Pac-10 News: PAC-10 APPROVES POST-SEASON BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS YEAR-AROUND TRAINING TABLE ALSO APPROVED. Monday, October 23, 2000
  3. ^ Keith Carmona – Pac-10 votes to revive basketball tournament; Olson, men against tourney; Bonvicini happy for publicity. Arizona Daily Wildcat. Tuesday October 24, 2000
  4. ^ "Pac-12 expands its league and its exposure - college basketball - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  5. ^ Allen, Percy (March 6, 2012). "Husky Basketball | Pac-12 tournament appears headed to Las Vegas | Seattle Times Newspaper". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.sltrib.com. "Pac-12 chooses Las Vegas as new basketball tournament home | The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d e 2013 Pac-12 Tournament Media Guide

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