World Financial Group (WFG) sports fans thank our Pac-10 athletes for an excellent season of men’s basketball.   Attendance at these games averaged 8,460 per game, the second highest average in Pac-10 history.  Washington, UCLA and Arizona State all finished in the top 25 in both polls, with California also receiving votes.  The WFG-sponsored Pac-10 is all ready to make March Madness all their own.

Let’s recap the last two weeks of the regular season.  By school:

  • The Arizona Wildcats lost against Washington State, Washington and California before winning their home finale against Stanford.
  • The Arizona State Sun Devils lost to Washington and Washington State (both in OT) and to Stanford, but won their home finale against California.
  • The California Golden bears won against USC and Arizona but lost to UCLA and Arizona State.
  • The Oregon Ducks won their game against Oregon State, but ended the season with losses to USC and UCLA on the road.
  • The Oregon State Beavers ended their season on a three game skid against Oregon, USC and UCLA.
  • The Stanford Cardinals book ended their last four with losses to UCLA and Arizona, but won the games against USC and Arizona State.
  • The UCLA Bruins swept Stanford, California, Oregon State and Oregon.
  • The USC Trojans lost to California (in OT) and Stanford, and dominated over the Oregon schools at home.
  • The Washington Huskies also swept their final four games against Arizona State (in OT), Arizona, Seattle University (not part of the Pac-10) and Washington State.
  • And the Washington State Cougars won against Arizona and Arizona State (in OT), but fell to Washington for their season finale.

Here are the WFG-sponsored Pac-10 seeds for the Pac-10 tournament:

  1. Washington
  2. UCLA
  3. California
  4. Arizona State
  5. Arizona
  6. USC
  7. Washington State
  8. Oregon State
  9. Stanford
  10. Oregon 

The Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. starting Wed., March 11.  All games will be shown on Fox Sports Network (FSN), save the Championship Game, and all start times are local.  The first games include:

  • Oregon State facing off against Stanford.  The Beaver’s shooting percentage from the field of 46.5 is their best since 1992.  Stanford senior guard Mitch Johnson has 504 assists to his career credit, being only the third Cardinal to reach this mark.  This game tips of at 6 p.m.
  • Washington State takes on Oregon beginning at 8:30 p.m.  Cougar senior center Aron Baynes scored his 1,000th career point in the season finale, becoming the 11th Pac-10 player to do so.  With 274 career three pointers, Ducks junior guard Tajuan Porter is only nine shy of becoming the school’s all time three point leader. 

Basketball fans from World Financial Group and across the country will be watching the following tourney action on Thurs., March 12:

  • Arizona State versus Arizona beginning at Noon.  Sun Devils sophomore guard James Harden and senior forward Jeff Pendergraph have been named All-Pac-10 first team for the season.  Wildcats junior forward Chase Budinger and junior forward Jordan Hill were also named All-Pac-10 first team.
  • Top seed Washington takes on the winner of the OSU/Stanford game at 2:30 p.m.  All-Pac-10 first teamers among the Huskies include senior forward John Brockman and senior guard Justin Dentmon.
  • California takes on USC, tipping off at 6 p.m.  All-Pac-10 first teamers among the Golden Bears include junior guards Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle.  The Trojans have two All-Pac-10 second teamers among their roster: junior forward Taj Gibson and junior guard Daniel Hackett.
  • UCLA plays the winner of the Washington State/Oregon game from the day before.  Bruin senior guard Darren Collison made the All-Pac-10 first team while senior guard/forward Josh Shipp made the second team. 

Three more games follow.  The first semi-final game will be played on Fri., March 13 at 6 p.m., with the second game to follow at 8:30 p.m.  Then, on Sat., March 14, the sports fans at WFG anticipate the Championship game, which tips off at 6 p.m. and will air on CBS.  In Player of the Year awards, World Financial Group congratulates:

  • Arizona State sophomore guard James Harden as Pac-10 Player of the Year.
  • Washington guard Isaiah Thomas as Freshman of the Year.
  • USC junior forward Taj Gibson as Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Washington senior guard Justin Dentmon as Most Improved Player of the Year.   

Finally, congratulations to Lorenzo Romar of Washington as Coach of the Year.  This is the second such honor of his career.

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