Pac-12 Basketball Betting Odds: Will Someone Sink Ducks?
Oregon is meeting expectations per usual, Washington is dead last despite lofty preseason expectations and Colorado looks poised to earn its best NCAA Tournament seeding in school history.
Such is the state of the Pac-12 with the conference tournament in Las Vegas just one month away. Oregon and Arizona, two preseason favorites, still have the shortest odds to take the title come March at T-Mobile Arena.
The No. 16-ranked Buffaloes are right on their heels after starting the preseason with +900 odds. Colorado is now third-favorite at +350 after a 19-5 start, one of two ranked Pac-12 teams alongside the Ducks in early February. Can the Buffaloes keep it up? Seven additional conference contenders are within two games coming down the stretch, so another underwhelming Pac-12 season across the board remains up for grabs.
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Stanford continues to hang around the middle of the pack, exceeding expectations as a preseason bottom-dweller. Oscar da Silva and Tyrell Terry each average more than 15 points per night and have the Cardinal established as one of the best value picks in college basketball. Stanford went 15-8 against the spread in its first 23 games, best in conference and one of the best in the nation at 65.2%. We expect said value to remain over the next month as Stanford continues to fly under the radar betting-wise thanks to its ho-hum conference record and lack of preseason expectations.
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Beware the Buffaloes
There’s a reason Colorado only has the third-highest odds to win the Pac-12 despite leading by a game with one month to go. Oddsmakers adjusted to the Buffaloes’ hot start with Colorado going just 1-3 against the spread from Jan. 30-Feb. 8. We’re also not sold on the +350 odds to win the conference tournament. Seven of its last five are on the road, including three straight away games to end the season. With so many teams bunched up in the standings, it’ll be a hard fight for Colorado to hold its position as a top seed down the stretch.
Kentucky transfer Quade Green was expected to lead the Washington backcourt. The sophomore point guard will end up missing all but two Pac-12 games this year, including the tournament, having been ruled academically ineligible back in January. The Huskies never recovered, starting 2-9 in conference play during a year in which they were expected to compete with Arizona and Oregon for a championship. Washington has also been an easy mark for spread bettors. It started the year 9-15 against the spread, including just 2-9 in Pac-12 games. Don’t expect them to pick up the pieces over the final month in what’s already been a lost year for the Huskies.
We like those odds on Arizona at +250. The Wildcats are winners of three of the last five Pac-12 tournaments and have proved capable against top conference contenders. They suffered a two-point overtime loss at Oregon in January and thumped Colorado by 21 points in their first and only meeting. Arizona gets another crack at the Ducks on Feb. 22, this time at home, and couldn’t ask for a better finish to the regular season – home games against lowly Washington State and Washington. The Wildcats will be rolling entering Las Vegas and figure to have a great chance to hang another banner after it’s all said and done.