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NCAA Basketball PAC 12 Tournament Odds: Arizona Is Favored

The Pac 12 Conference Tournament gets underway on Wednesday March 12 and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament will be covered on the Pac-12  Network (first round, quarterfinals) and on Fox Sports 1 (semifinals, final). Vegas odds have the Arizona Wildcats as the favorite to with the Pac 12 Tournament. Odds for the tournament are list below and are courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.

The Arizona Wildcats have been the top team in the Pac-12 all year long and they come in with a 28-3 record overall and a 15-3 mark in the Pac-12, to win the number 1 seed in the tournament. The team is very good at both ends of the floor, ranking 97th in scoring (73.5 ppg) and 6th in points allowed (58.7 pg), while also ranking 21st in rebounding (39.0 rpg). This is the clear cut favorite and for good reason. They are a complete team and have had plenty of time to learn to play without Brandon Ashley.

UCLA is the number 2 seed in the conference and number 2 on the odds board to win the Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins had a very good year, despite injury woes throughout the year. The Bruins come in at 23-8 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-12, but they have struggled down the stretch, winning just 2 of their final 5 games. Offense is not an issue for this team as they rank 11th in scoring (82 ppg), but defense has been a problem as they have allowed 71.4 ppg overall (218th) and 78.8 ppg in their last 5 games. Still this is a dangerous team.

The Oregon Ducks started the year a house of fire, but then Pac- 12 play started and they went just 3-8 in their first 11 Pac-12 games. Well they have righted their ship in a big way as they won their last 7 games to finish at 10-8 in the Pac-12, while grabbing the 3rd seed in the tournament. This is another high scoring Pac-12 team as they average 82.3 ppg (9th), but they also play optional defense, giving up 73.7 ppg (275th).

Arizona State comes in at 21-10 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-12. They were 16-1 at home this year, but just 5-9 in true road games and Neutral site games combined. The Sun Devils have upped their tempo this year and it has resulted in 75.6 ppg, while they also can play some defense as they have allowed just 68.5 ppg this year.

The Colorado Buffaloes come in as the 5th seed, as they went 21-10 overall and 10-8 in the conference. The Buffaloes are not playing their best ball right now as they come in winners of just 1 of their last 4 games. This team was to challenge for the Pac- 12 title, but the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie early in the year kind of took those hopes away. They still are a solid team and could surprise in this tournament.

Stanford  (10-8) and California (10-8) finished 6th and 7th in the standing respectively, while Utah finished 8th in the league and just may have been the surprise team of the whole Pac- 12, finishing 9-9 in league play and 20-10 overall. Washington also finished at 9-9 in league play and struggled on the road and neutral site games going 3-10 in those games combined. Oregon Stae is another team that is plenty of offense and no defense, while Washington State and USC combined to go 5-31 in league play

2014 Big 12 Tournament Odds (Courtesy of Sportsbook.ag)

Arizona -110... UCLA +500... Oregon +800... Arizona State +1000... Stanford +1000... California +1500... Colorado +1500... Utah +1500... Washington +4000... Oregon State +8000... USC +20000... Washington State +20000  

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