2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
Los Angeles, California
|Champions||UCLA (3rd title)|
|Winning coach||Ben Howland (2nd title)|
|MVP||Darren Collison (UCLA)|
|Attendance||81,809 (5 sessions)
|Top scorer||Brook Lopez Stanford
|2007–08 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings|
|#21 Washington State||11||–||7||.611||26||–||9||.743|
|† 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.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|10||Oregon State||0–18 (6–24)|
* 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).
- O. J. Mayo, USC
- Kyle Weaver, Washington State
- Brook Lopez, Stanford
- Russell Westbrook, UCLA
- Kevin Love, UCLA
Most Outstanding Player
- Darren Collison, UCLA
Aftermath & notes
- 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. 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 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.
- No. 3 UCLA Beats No. 11 Stanford for Pac-10 Tournament Title
- Pac-10 News – This week in Pac-10 Men's basketball, Pac-10, March 17, 2008
- 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
- USC punishes itself for rules violations, ESPN.com, January 3, 2010
- No. 3 UCLA Advances to Pac-10 Championship Game With 57–54 Win. 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)