2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
Los Angeles, California
|Champions||USC (1st title)|
|Winning coach||Tim Floyd (1st title)|
|MVP||DeMar DeRozan, (USC)|
CBS (Championship game)
|2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings|
|#19 Arizona State||11||–||7||.611||25||–||10||.714|
|† 2009 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament began with the first round on March 11, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, with quarterfinals on March 12, semifinals on March 13, and the finals on March 14 (3:00 p.m. PT). In front of a crowd of 16,988, #6 seed USC defeated #4 seed Arizona State for the Pac-10 Tournament Championship, which was the first and only time for their program. This was also the first time a team seeded sixth in the tournament went on to win the championship, although it would happen again three years later. The Trojans received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament.
All Pacific-10 schools played in the tournament. Teams are seeded by conference record, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical conference records.
|1||Washington||14–4 (24–7)||1-1 vs. UCLA|
|2||UCLA||13–5 (24–7)||1-1 vs. UW|
|3||California||11–7 (22–9)||1-1 vs. ASU|
|4||Arizona State||11–7 (22–8)||1-1 vs. Cal|
|5||Arizona||9–9 (19–12)||1-1 vs USC|
|6||USC||9–9 (18–12)||1-1 vs. Arizona|
|7||Washington State||8–10 (16–14)|
|8||Oregon State||7–11 (13–16)|
2009 Pac-10 Tournament
Game time: First round – March 11, 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Quarterfinals – March 12, 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Semi-finals – March 13, 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Championship game – March 14, 3:00 p.m. (Pacific time)
|4||Arizona State (#23)||75|
|4||Arizona State (#23)||68|
|4||Arizona State (#23)||63|
- Washington Huskies won the Pac-10 regular season title with a win over Arizona, 83–78, on Saturday, February 28, 2009, ending UCLA's three-year reign. They then went on to defeat Washington State, 67–60, for their first outright conference title since 1953.
- The Oregon State Beavers are coached by President Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, who in his first season has improved the team's last year record of 5–25, finishing with 13 regular season wins.
- As a part of the tournament, a Pride of the Pac-10 luncheon was held on Friday, March 13, to honor the 2007-2008 Pac-10 Medal Winners, male and female athletes from each school for their excellence in athletics, academics and community service.
- Regular season honors: James Harden, Arizona State, player of the year; Isaiah Thomas, Washington, freshman of the year; Taj Gibson, USC, defensive player of the year; Justin Dentmon, Washington, most improved player of the year; Lorenzo Romar, Washington, coach of the year.
- Game officials for the championship game were Dick Cartmell, Dave Libbey and Michael Reed.
- This tournament had not one but two pairs of arch-rivals meet (a first). Arizona and ASU met (for the 2nd time in tournament history) in the second round and UCLA met USC (also for the 2nd time in tournament history) in the third round.
- Six teams were invited to play in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Championship: Washington, UCLA, California, Arizona State, USC, and Arizona.
- Daniel Hackett, USC
- Taj Gibson, USC
- Derek Glasser, Arizona State
- James Harden, Arizona State
- Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State
Most Outstanding Player
2009 Hall of Honor inductees
Pac-10 men’s basketball Hall of Honor banquet was held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 to honor the following individuals from each of the Pac-10 member schools.
- Lute Olson – Arizona
- Royce Youree – Arizona State
- Nibs Price – Cal
- Michael Warren – UCLA
- Greg Ballard – Oregon
- Paul Valenti – Oregon State
- Gus Williams – USC
- Jim Pollard – Stanford
- Detlef Schrempf – Washington
- Isaac Fontaine – Washington State
- 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
- 2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings