2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament

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

2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 200708
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)
 2007
2009 

2007–08 Pacific-10 Conference men’s basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
No. 2 UCLA 16 2   .889 35 4   .897
No. 11 Stanford 13 5   .722 28 8   .778
No. 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.

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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)
Play-In Round
March 12
Quarterfinals
March 13
Semifinals
March 14
Final
March 15
1 #3 UCLA 88
8 Washington 81 9 California 66
9 California 84 1 #3 UCLA 57
4 USC 54
4 USC* 59*
5 Arizona State 55
1 #3 UCLA 67
2 #11 Stanford 64
3 #21 Washington State 75
6 Oregon 70
3 #21 Washington State 68
7 Arizona 87 2 #11 Stanford 75
10 Oregon State 56 2 #11 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]

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