2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball season

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2008–09 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Season
LeagueNCAA Division I
Number of teams10
Regular Season
Season MVPJames Harden, Arizona State
  Runners-upArizona State
Finals MVPDeMar DeRozan – USC
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2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 15 Washington 14 4   .778     26 9   .743
No. 18 UCLA 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 19 Arizona State 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
California 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
USC 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Arizona 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Washington State 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Oregon State 7 11   .389     18 18   .500
Stanford 6 12   .333     20 14   .588
Oregon 2 16   .111     8 23   .258
2009 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball season ended with six teams participating in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and two teams playing in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

The Washington Huskies won the regular season championship and its head coach Lorenzo Romar was named coach of the year.

Only three teams, Washington (#14), UCLA (#17) and Arizona State (#19), finished the season in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. They were #15, #18, and #19 respectively in the "AP Top 25" polls. However, in the final post-NCAA tournament coaches' poll, Arizona was also ranked, coming in at #24, behind Washington (#16), UCLA (#18) and Arizona State (#19).


Mike Montgomery, who was previously the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal, came back to college coaching with the California Golden Bears. Craig Robinson, President Barack Obama's brother-in-law, became the head coach of the Oregon State. Lute Olson retired from Arizona and Russ Pennell took over.

Pac-10 teams participated in the Pac-10/Big 12 Series. They also took part in other x-season tournament games, including the 2K Sports Classic, and the John R. Wooden Classic in the Honda Center. Oregon Ducks played in the Maui Invitational Tournament and Washington State Cougars were there at the Legends Classic.

Conference games

Washington was first in scoring offense and rebounding offense, while Washington State was first in scoring defense and free throw percentage in conference games. UCLA was on top in scoring margin, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

Arizona led the conference in attendance with a total of 232,576 in 17 games, averaging 13,681 (14,545 capacity).

Conference tournament

USC, the #6 seed team, won the 2009 Pacific Life Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on March 14, in front of a crowd of 16,988. The team defeated #4 seed Arizona State and won the school's first tournament championship. It was also the first time a team seeded sixth in the tournament went on to win the championship. The Trojans received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament.

First Round
March 11
March 12
March 13
March 14
1 #13 Washington 85
8 Oregon State 54 9 Stanford 73
9 Stanford 62 1 #13 Washington 65
4 #23 Arizona State 75
4 #23 Arizona State 68
5 Arizona 56
4 #23 Arizona State 63
6 USC 66
3 California 75
6 USC 79
6 USC 65
7 Washington State 62 2 #15 UCLA 55
10 Oregon 40 2 #15 UCLA 64
7 Washington State 53


Six Pac-10 teams participated in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Five teams won their first round games, but only Arizona played in the regional semi-finals. The Wildcats lost to Louisville 103–64.

Oregon State and Stanford played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Oregon State defeated Stanford (65–62) in over-time in the semi-finals and played UTEP for the championship in a best of three-game series. Oregon State won the CBI title by winning the first and third games over UTEP.

Highlights and notes

At the end of March 2009, Washington State head coach Tony Bennett announced that he was leaving Washington State to take the head coaching job at Virginia.[1] Ken Bone, formerly with Portland State, takes over.

On March 31, 2009, UCLA's senior point guard Darren Collison was named the 2009 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award goes to the "nation's outstanding senior male collegian 6'0" and under who has excelled both athletically and academically."[2]

Russ Pennell left Arizona after a year coaching one of the country's premiere basketball programs. He coached the Wildcats to the Sweet 16, where the team lost the final game to Louisville, 103–64. USC's Tim Floyd went to Tucson for an interview of the Arizona job, but he decided to remain at USC. Sean Miller, former Xavier coach, accepted the job on April 6.

The conference set a new attendance record with 8,541 per game, beating the 2007 record of 8,524.[3]

Awards and honors


James Harden (SG, Sophomore), of Arizona State was named to the 2009 Consensus All-America first team. He was listed on the Associated Press, the USBWA, and the Sporting News All-American lists to qualify for the "Consensus All-America".

The following players from Pac-10 were honored on the AP All American list:[4]

First Team (Player, School, Ht, Wt, Yr, Key stats)

  • James Harden, Arizona State, 6–5, 218, So., 20.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 35.8 min., 50.2 fg pct (45, 290)

Honorable mention (Player, School)

All-Pac-10 teams

Regular season honors:

First team

(Name, School, Pos, Yr, Ht, Wt, Hometown (Last School))

  • Jon Brockman, WASH, F, Sr., 6–7, 255, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)
  • Chase Budinger, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6–7, 218, Encinitas, Calif. (LaCosta Canyon HS)
  • Patrick Christopher, CAL, G, Jr., 6–5, 215, Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS)
  • Darren Collison, UCLA, G, Sr., 6–0, 160, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
  • Justin Dentmon, WASH, G, Sr., 5–11, 185, Carbondale, Ill. (The Winchendon School, Mass.)
  • James Harden, ASU, G, So., 6–5, 218, Los Angeles, Calif. (Artesia HS)
  • Jordan Hill, ARIZ, F, Jr., 6–10, 235, Atlanta, Ga. (The Patterson School, N.C.)
  • Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, F, Sr., 6–9, 240, Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
  • Jerome Randle, CAL, G, Jr., 5–10, 160, Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan HS)
  • Taylor Rochestie, WSU, G, Sr., 6–1, 186, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Tulane)


The 2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic teams (minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor):

First Team (School, Year, GPA, Major)

  • Aron Baynes, WSU, Sr., 3.24, Movement Studies
  • Derek Glasser, ASU, Jr., 3.14, Communications
  • Daven Harmeling, WSU, Sr., 3.54, Health and Fitness Education
  • Nikola Koprivica, WSU, Jr., 3.39, International Business
  • Taylor Rochestie, WSU, Sr., 3.37, Communication

Second Team (School, Year, GPA, Major)

  • Nikola Knezevic, CAL, Jr., 3.03, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Rihards Kuksiks, ASU, So., 3.07, Business Communications
  • Roeland Schaftenaar, OSU, Jr., 3.17, Pre-Business
  • Drew Shiller, STAN, Jr., 3.08, Communication
  • Jordan Wilkes, CAL, Sr., 3.13, Social Welfare

Taylor Rochestie, of Washington State, was named a Pacific-10 Conference winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

USBWA All-District team

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association's 2008–09 Men's All-District Teams (District IX: CA, OR, WA, HI, AZ, AK):

  • Player of the year – James Harden, Arizona State
  • Coach of the yearCraig Robinson, Oregon State
  • All-District Team:
    • James Harden, Arizona State
    • Jon Brockman, Washington
    • Darren Collison, UCLA
    • Patrick Christopher, California
    • Jordan Hill, Arizona
    • Jerome Randle, California
    • Chase Budinger, Arizona


  1. ^ Virginia to name Bennett coach
  2. ^ "Darren Collison Receives The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". Archived from the original on 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  3. ^ Gary K. Johnson, The NCAA News: Basketball attendance unaffected by economic slide Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite, May 12, 2009
  4. ^ "2009 AP All-America teams". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
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