This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

March 16, 2009

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PAC-10 SENDS SIX TEAMS INTO NCAA TOURNAMENT, NINE OVERALL IN POSTSEASON PLAY

USC captured the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament title and earned the Pac-10's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans, who entered the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, won their first Tournament title after four appearances in the championship game. USC is rewarded with the No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region... Five additional Pac-10 teams (ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, UCLA and WASHINGTON) were at-large selections, giving the Pac-10 a record-tying six teams in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall... WASHINGTON STATE will participate in the NIT, while OREGON STATE and STANFORD host CBI action. That gives the Pac-10 a record-tying nine teams in postseason play, matching last season's success.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

NCAA FIRST ROUND
Thurs., Mar. 19
Portland, Ore. (West Regional - Glendale)
No. 4 WASHINGTON vs. No. 13 Mississippi State, approx. 2 p.m. PT
Philadelphia, Pa. (East Regional - Boston)
No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 VCU, approx. 9:40 p.m. ET
Kansas City, Mo. (West Regional - Glendale)
No. 7 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 10 Maryland, approx. 1:55 p.m. CT
Fri., Mar. 20
Miami, Fla. (Midwest Regional - Indianapolis).
No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 ARIZONA, 7:10 p.m. ET
Minneapolis, Minn. (Midwest Regional - Indianapolis)
No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 10 USC, 6:20 p.m. CT
Miami, Fla. (South Regional - Memphis)
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 11 Temple, approx. 2:45 p.m. ET
NCAA SECOND ROUND
Sat., Mar. 21 - Should Pac-10 teams advance
WASHINGTON vs. Purdue/UNI winner, 2:40 p.m. or 5:10 p.m. PT
UCLA vs. Villanova/American winner, 1:05 p.m. or 3:35 p.m. PT
CALIFORNIA vs. Memphis/CS Northridge winner, 2:20 or 4:50 p.m. CT
Sun., Mar. 22 - Should Pac-10 teams advance
ARIZONA vs. Wake Forest/Cleveland St. winner, 12:10 or 2:40 p.m. ET
USC vs. Michigan State/Robert Morris winner, 1:30 or 4 p.m. CT
ARIZONA STATE vs. Syracuse/S.F. Austin winner, 12:10 or 2:40 p.m. ET

 

NIT/CBI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Tues., Mar. 17
NIT - WASHINGTON STATE at St. Mary's, 8 p.m. PT ESPN2
(winner advances to play South Carolina/Davidson winner, TBD)
Wed., Mar. 18
CBI - Houston at OREGON STATE, 7 p.m. PT HDNet
(winner advances to play Green Bay/Vermont winner, Mar. 23)
CBI - Boise State at STANFORD, 7 p.m. PT
(winner advances to play Wichita State/Buffalo winner, Mar. 23)
Game times local to site. All NCAA games broadcast by CBS.


PAC-10 MISCELLANY...
The Postseason: With six teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 is sending four or more teams into the Tournament for the 15th time in 15 years... With Arizona and USC at 9-9 in league play, this marks the second time a Pac-10 team with a .500 record or sub-.500 record has made the Tournament field... Nine of the 10 Pac-10 institutions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament over the previous two years... Over the last eight NCAA Tournaments, the Pac-10 has posted a 60-39 (.606) record and has had 18 teams reach the Sweet Sixteen... With 15 national titles, the Pac-10 owns more NCAA basketball titles than any other conference. Five different Pac-10 schools have captured the national title... Three different Pac-10 schools have won NIT titles.

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