While some Pacific-10 Conference coaches have not wholeheartedly endorsed the idea of a league tournament -- most notably Arizona's Lute Olson and former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery -- UCLA's Ben Howland is all for it.
"It's exciting," Howland said Tuesday. "It's great for the players, great for the fans. As coaches talk about, it's tough when you potentially play 21 games against your own, 18 league games in the regular season, the most of any major conference.
"But what makes the Big East tournament so exciting is because every year people know that they're going to New York City, going to the same place. It's exciting. It's electric and that's what you want to get this tournament to."
The Pac-10 is in the fourth year of a six-year agreement to hold its tournament at Staples Center. This year's tournament begins Thursday with top-seeded Arizona against eighth-seeded California at 12:20 p.m. followed by fourth-seeded UCLA against fifth-seeded Oregon State.