2002 Men's Basketball Season Review
One of the most competitive Conference races in Pac-10 history came down to the final weekend in order to determine theleague champion. It was the first time in league history that six teams posted 11 or more league wins in Conference play.OREGON captured the Pac-10 championship, its first since sharing the title in 1945, and produced the third most wins in schoolhistory with 26 victories this season. The Ducks also captured the Pac-10 football title this past season, marking the 16th timein Conference history that one school has won league championships (or co-championships) in football and men's basketball.The Pac-10 Tournament returned after a 12-year hiatus, but the results were the same as ARIZONA won its fourth consecutivePac-10 Tournament crown and earned the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Pac-10 Conference sent a record six teams into the NCAA Tournament where Oregon, Arizona and UCLA advanced tothe Sweet 16. It was the second consecutive year in which the Pac-10 advanced three or more teams to the Sweet 16. In fact,seven appearances in the Sweet 16 the last two seasons is more than any other conference. The Wildcats proceeded to reachthe Sweet 16 for the fifth time in seven years, and their current streak of 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournamentleads the nation. UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years, making coach Steve Lavin one of two coaches toguide his team to the Sweet 16 in five of the last six Tournaments. Oregon's appearance in the Elite Eight capped a bannerseason for the Ducks.
USC's Sam Clancy became just the third Trojan to be named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He guided the Trojans to a secondplace tie in the Conference race, while averaging 19.1 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. Arizona's SalimStoudamire picked up Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after posting 12.8 points per game, while connecting on 48.3percent of his three-point attempts. Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors went to Oregon's Ernie Kent. Under Kent, the Ducks wontheir first Pac-10 crown since 1945 and posted their ninth 20-win season.
Along with the various league honors, Clancy, STANFORD's Casey Jacobsen, Oregon's Frederick Jones, and Arizona's JasonGardner and Luke Walton were recipients of All-America honors for their outstanding play during the 2001-02 season.
2001-02 FINAL PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
|Arizona State||7||11||.388||5-4||2-7||14||15||.483||10-5||2-9||2-1||Lost 5||3-7|
|Oregon State||4||14||.222||2-7||2-7||12||17||.414||8-7||4-8||0-2||Lost 2||2-8|
|Washington State||1||17||.056||1-8||0-9||6||21||.222||6-8||0-12||0-1||Won 1||2-8|
* Pac-10 Tournament Champion