This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 17, 2008

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PAC-10 SENDS RECORD NINE TEAMS INTO POSTSEASON ACTION

UCLA captured the Pacific Life Pac-10 title and earned the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins, who captured their third consecutive Pac-10 regular season crown, and 30th league title overall, enter the NCAA Tournament as the top seed in the West Regional... Five additional Pac-10 teams (STANFORD, WASHINGTON STATE, USC, OREGON and ARIZONA) were at-large selections, giving the Pac-10 a record-tying six teams in the NCAA Tournament (also achieved in 2002 and 2007)... ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA will participate in the NIT, while WASHINGTON hosts CBI action. That gives the Pac-10 a record nine teams in postseason play. The previous high was seven on four occasions (1990, 1994, 1997, 2002)... The 2007-08 Pac-10 season has arguably been the most competitive in league history. For the first time in Pac-10 history, nine league teams finished regular season play with a winning record.

PAC-10 HONORS

Pac-10 Player of the YearKevin Love, UCLA

Pac-10 Freshman of the YearKevin Love, UCLA

Pac-10 Defensive Player of the YearRussell Westbrook, UCLA

Pac-10 Coach of the YearTrent Johnson, Stanford

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

NCAA FIRST ROUND
Thurs., Mar. 20
Anaheim, Calif. (West Regional - Phoenix)
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 16 Miss. Valley State, approx. 6:50 p.m. PT
Anaheim, Calif. (South Regional - Houston)
No. 3 STANFORD vs. No. 14 Cornell, approx. 1:55 p.m. PT
Denver, Colo. (East Regional - Charlotte)
No. 4 WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 13 Winthrop, 5:20 p.m. MT
Omaha, Neb. (Midwest Regional - Detroit)
No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Kansas State, 6:10 p.m. CT
Washington D.C. (West Regional - Phoenix)
No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 10 ARIZONA, approx. 9:40 p.m. ET

Fri., Mar. 21Little Rock, Ark. (South Regional - Houston)
No. 8 Mississippi State vs. No. 9 OREGON, 6:25 p.m. CT

NCAA SECOND ROUND
Sat., Mar. 22 - Should Pac-10 teams advance
UCLA vs. Brigham Young/Texas A&M winner, 3:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. PT
STANFORD vs. Marquette/Kentucky winner, 3:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. PT
WASH. STATE vs. N.D./Geo. Mason winner, 4:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m. MT
USC vs. Wisconsin/Cal State Fullerton winner, 3:20 p.m. CT
ARIZONA vs. Duke/Belmont winner, 2:10 p.m. ET

Sun., Mar. 23 - Should Pac-10 teams advance
OREGON vs. Memphis/Texas-Arlington winner, approx. 3:45 p.m. CT

NIT/CBI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Tues., Mar. 18
NIT - Alabama State at ARIZONA STATE, 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
(winner advances to play Southern Illinois/Okla. State winner, Mar. 20)
Wed., Mar. 19
NIT - New Mexico at CALIFORNIA, 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
(winner advances to play Ohio State/UNC Asheville winner, TBD)
CBI - Valparaiso at WASHINGTON, 6 p.m. PT FCS
(winner advances to play Nevada/Houston winner, Mar. 24)

Game times local to site. All NCAA games broadcast by CBS.

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