2007-08 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Wrap-Up
April 14, 2008
The Pac-10 entered the postseason with a record nine teams extending their season. The previous high was seven on four occasions (1990, 1994, 1997, 2002). The six teams appearing in NCAA Tournament action tied a Pac-10 record (also achieved in 2002 and 2007). For the sixth time in Pac-10 history, at least three teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The UCLA Bruins, the Pac-10 regular season champion and Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, advanced to the Final Four for the third consecutive season. The Pac-10 has now reached the Final Four 33 times, and has captured 15 national titles... The Pac-10 has posted a record of 26-16 over the last three years of NCAA Tournament play.
Conference Play: UCLA won its third consecutive Pac-10 title and 30th conference crown overall. The Bruins also captured the Pacfic Life Pac-10 Tournament crown, their second in three years... ARIZONA STATE made the biggest improvement in league wins, jumping from a 2-16 league mark in 2006-07 to a 9-9 league record this season. At 21-13 overall, the Sun Devils won 13 more games than last season.
The Postseason: With six teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-10 has sent four or more teams into the Tournament for the 14th time in 15 years... With Oregon at 9-9 and Arizona at 8-10 in league play, this marks the first time a Pac-10 team with a .500 record or sub-.500 record has made the Tournament field... Eight of the 10 Pac-10 institutions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament over the previous three 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.
Fabulous Freshmen: Four Pac-10 freshman are among the top seven in the league in scoring - USC's O.J. Mayo (20.7 ppg/2nd), Arizona's Jerryd Bayless (19.7/3rd), Arizona State's James Harden (17.8 ppg/5th) and UCLA's Kevin Love (17.3 ppg/7th). Prior to this year, only seven Pac-10 freshman had averaged 17.0 points or more... Three different freshmen scored 30 or more points in a game 11 times this season (four times each by Mayo and Bayless, once by Arizona State's Ty Abbott). The 39-point effort by Bayless against Arizona State (Feb. 9) ranks as the second best output by a freshman in league history... Mayo hit 88 three-pointers this season for a USC freshman record. That total ranks third on USC's single-season list... Harden led the Pac-10 in steals (2.15 spg). His 73 steals are tied for fourth on ASU's single-season list... A record five different freshmen were tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Week this season.
Super Sophomores: California sophomore F Ryan Anderson led the Pac-10 in scoring with 21.1 ppg. He's the seventh Cal player over the last 15 seasons to lead the league in scoring. In two seasons, Anderson has amassed 1,246 points. He's the first Cal player to score more than 600 points in a season and pull down more than 300 rebounds... Arizona F Chase Budinger also eclipsed 1,000 points (1,067 points) during his second season... Arizona F Jordan Hill led the league in field goal percentage (.620), while USC F Taj Gibson (2.55 bpg) and Stanford C Robin Lopez (2.31 bpg) ranked 1-2 in blocked shots... Stanford F Brook Lopez (19.3 points/8.2 rebounds) joined Anderson (21.1 points/9.9 rebounds) and Hill (13.2 points/7.9 rebounds) as the only sophmores to be ranked among the top 20 in the league in both scoring and rebounding... Oregon G Tajuan Porter collected 83 three-pointers this season, adding to his impressive total of 193 three-pointers in two seasons.
The Rankings: Seven different Pac-10 teams have appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 this season (highest ranking included) - Arizona (17), Arizona State (22), Oregon (11), Stanford (7), UCLA (2), USC (18), and Washington State (4).
Home Sweet Home: The Pac-10 set an average attendance mark with 8,724 fans this season. The previous season-best average was 8,388 fans set during the 2000 season... In non-conference play, Pac-10 teams combined to go 70-11 (.864) at home. However, it was a different story in league play as the home teams were able to manage a 48-42 (.533) record in league play. It was lowest win total for the home team in Pac-10 history, edging the 49-41 record compiled during the 1980-81 season.
Coach Additions: The Pac-10 welcomes three new coaches to the league for 2008-09... Craig Robinson takes over at Oregon State. He was the head coach at Brown for the last two seasons where he won 30 games, including a school record 19 wins during the 2007-08 season... Mike Montgomery returns to the Pac-10 as he takes over at California. The former Stanford coach has a career collegiate record of 547-244 (.692), plus two NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors where he was 68-96 (.415)... A new coach will be named at Stanford to replace Trent Johnson, who moved on to take the head coaching position at LSU... Arizona's Lute Olson, who took a leave of absence last season, returns to the Wildcat bench for his 25th season.
Wed., March 12 - Session 1 (Attendance: 11,642)
California 84, Washington 81
Thur., March 13 - Session 2 (Attendance: 17,194)
USC 59, Arizona State 55UCLA 88, California 66
Thur., March 13 - Session 3 (Attendance: 16,442)
Washington State 75, Oregon 70
Stanford 75, Arizona 64
Fri., March 14 - Session 4 (Attendance: 18,997)UCLA 57, USC 54
Stanford 75, Washington State 68
Sat., March 15 - Championship Session 5 (Attendance: 17,534)UCLA 67, Stanford 64
Tournament highlights... Close calls as three games were decided by three points each, including the Championship game. That's the highest number of games decided by three or fewer points in 11 Pac-10 Tournaments. Another game was decided by four points, while a fifth game was decided by five points... UCLA's three-point win was the closest margin of victory ever for the Championship game. Prior to this year's Tournament, the average margin of victory in the Championship game for the previous 10 Pac-10 Tournaments was 16.6 points... Arizona State freshman G James Harden set a Pac-10 Tournament single-game record with seven steals against USC... Stanford sophomore F Brook Lopez became the 11th player to score 30 or more points in a Tournament game with 30 points against Washington State... Stanford sophomore C Robin Lopez tied a Tournament record with nine blocked shots in three games... The soldout crowd of 18,997 that attended the semifinals tied a Tournament attendance record, matching the same total that attended the 2002 Championship game.
Pacific Life All-Tournament Team
O.J. Mayo, USC
Kyle Weaver, Washington State
Brook Lopez, Stanford
Russell Westbrook, UCLA
Kevin Love, UCLA
Nov. 19 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH; Nov. 26 - Kevin Love, Fr., C, UCLA; Dec. 3 - Ryan Anderson, So., F, CAL; Dec. 10 - Jordan Hill, So., F, ARIZ; Dec. 17 - Ty Abbott, Fr., G, ASU; Dec. 24 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH; Dec. 31 - Jerome Randle, So., G, CAL; Jan. 7 - James Harden, Fr., G, ASU; Jan. 14 - Kevin Love, Fr., C, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Jon Brockman, Jr., WASH; Jan. 28 - Kevin Love, Fr., UCLA; Feb. 4 - Ryan Anderson, So., F, CAL; Feb. 11 - Jeff Pendergraph, Jr., F, ASU; Feb. 18 - Jerryd Bayless, Fr., G, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - O.J. Mayo, Fr., G, USC; Mar. 3 - Brook Lopez, So., F, Stanford Mar. 10 - Taj Gibson, So., F, USC.