NCAA PAC 12 Odds & Predictions
Colorado and Stanford have already pulled upsets in the Pac 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, setting up showdowns with no. 1 UCLA and no. 2 Arizona respectively. The Bruins are favored to repeat as champions but a last-minute injury may turn the rest of the tournament upside down.
We are here to predict who will win and why. Be sure to lock in your picks for the Pac 12 Tournament at JazzSports. Locking in a winning future now, especially among the favorites, will significantly increase your payout when the nets come down.
NCAA Pac 12 Odds & Favorites by JazzSports
A season after winning the Pac 12 title, the Bruins looked poised to repeat and potentially make an even better run in the NCAA Tournament. Not so fast. UCLA’s lockdown defender Jaylen Clark suffered an achilles injury in the final regular season game against Arizona – and 82-73 UCLA win – that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
UCLA can very well overcome the injury thanks to a deep crop of talented freshmen just waiting for their opportunity to shine. It will just be a much tougher road without Clark, who added 13 points, 6 boards, and almost 2 assists per game to the lineup. That adds a little extra weight on the shoulders of All-American Jaime Jaquez and fellow senior Tyger Campbell.
The Bruins have made their name on the defensive end this season, allowing a conference-low 60 points per game. That is the 5th lowest point allowed per game in the country.
The win the conference, UCLA will have to again find a way to lock up Arizona, the nation’s 4th highest scoring team. The Wildcats post more than 83 points per game while giving up the most points in the conference. It will be a battle of styles if it comes down to these 2 teams. Without Clark, we have to take the Wildcats to edge past UCLA.
NCAA Pac 12 Longshots
Arizona State +1500
Washington State +2000
You will notice the longshot odds are particularly stretched long in the Pac 12. That is because those top 2 teams are that much better than the rest of the field. That does not mean this tournament’s winner is a foregone conclusion however.
Take Oregon. While the Ducks went just 12-8 this season, they also had by far the toughest strength of schedule in the conference and 1 of the 12 most difficult schedules in college basketball. The Ducks have the size to disrupt in the paint and face the most favorable path forward of any underdog team. They have really played the Bruins close in 2 losses this season and will not be an easy out if they face UCLA again.
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