In 1987, The Pac-12 – then, Pac-10 – started the modern version of its conference tournament, with future NBA-great Reggie Miller’s UCLA Bruins taking home the title and Miller the MVP. However, the tourney was dropped after the 1990 season due to poor revenue, poor attendance, and rampant opposition from coaches. Flash forward to 2002 and the tourney was restarted in order to increase exposure for the conference. The Arizona Wildcats and Luke Walton winning the 2002 title, kicking off 11 straight years of the tournament taking place in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. That title was the first for Arizona, who leads all teams with six titles, including 2017’s.
With Oregon, Arizona, and UCLA in the mix, the Pac-12 conference was filled with excitement and close contests throughout the 2016-17 season. In the 2017 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Arizona Wildcats outlasted the Oregon Ducks in the championship game 83-80, winning the team’s 6th title. Head coach Sean Miller won his second title with Arizona, while star Allonzo Trier took home MVP honors. Both Miller and Trier return for Arizona, ensuring that the Wildcats have a good shot at repeating in the tournament. Oregon and UCLA will be teams to watch in the Pac-12 once again and the 2018 tournament should be just as fun to watch as last year’s.
Taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held from March 7-March 10, 2018. In the second of a three-year contract, T-Mobile Arena will hold the tournament and, after a successful first run, there should be no shortage of entertainment in this 18,000-seat venue.
2017 Conference Basketball Tournaments At-A-Glance
With no clear top team in the country, and Selection Sunday just days away, the demand for tickets to this year's March Madness is high. There are some notable location changes this year, with the ACC Tournament now taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the Big Ten tournament located at the Verizon Center in…Read more