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Can Anyone Keep Arizona from Winning the Pac-12 Tournament?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
Can Anyone Keep Arizona from Winning the Pac-12 Tournament?

As a born & raised West Coast kid, I may have to fight back a tear or two here, but the final Pac-12 men's basketball tournament as we know it is officially upon us.

Embarking on the Las Vegas Strip for a 10th consecutive season, the Pac-12 will head to Sin City's T-Mobile Arena (home of the Vegas Golden Knights). Unsurprisingly, the Arizona Wildcats are the favorites within FanDuel Sportsbook Pac-12 Tournament odds; can anyone stop U of A from three-peating in this market?

College basketball's postseason has already begun, so there really isn't any time to waste. Before 10 institutions depart from the Pac-12 next year, let's take a look at this season's conference bracket, betting odds and best bets.

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Pac-12 Tournament Bracket

Pac-12 Tournament Odds

2024 Pac-12 Tournament Winner
Odds
Arizona-150
Colorado+480
Washington State+700
Oregon+1200
Utah+1800
USC+2000
Washington+3000
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Pac-12 Tournament Best Bets

Arizona (-150)

In Tucson, Wildcats head coach Tommy Lloyd is navigating year three at the helm. Since Lloyd took over the basketball program at Arizona, the 'Cats have compiled an 85-18 (.825) overall record. As alluded to, U of A has won the Pac-12 Tournament in both previous seasons under Lloyd.

As with most years, Arizona is supremely talented on the hardwood. According to numberFire, the Wildcats (19.52 nERD) from Tucson are ranked third in the nation. In that same vein, KenPom has U of A at sixth overall (+27.16 nERD). Either way, both lists show 'Zona as the conference's top team.

FanDuel Sportsbook has Arizona (-150) priced as the odds-on favorite to outlast all other Pac-12 schools in Las Vegas. Among Power 5 conferences, that is the shortest listing between all top-seeded teams.

The 'Cats are thoroughly dominant on the offensive side. In 2023-24, Arizona went for 89.5 PPG, which is the school's second-highest clip through a regular season. Still, they are not unbeatable. The Wildcats went 15-5 versus fellow Pac-12 foes, including a recent loss at the Southern California Trojans. Ironically, 'Zona will next face whoever wins between USC and UDub.

Colorado (+480)

Transparently, the Colorado Buffaloes have not won a Pac-12 men's basketball tourney since 2012, doing so as a 6 seed. In the present, the Buffs -- still led by head coach Tad Boyle -- played well enough to earn the conference's second seed behind a 22-9 record.

Colorado closed the most recent regular season on a six-game winning streak. Still, when it comes to aforementioned Arizona, the Golden Buffaloes went 0-2 this year. If the squad from Boulder is to be crowned king of the Pac-12 in its final season, they'll almost certainly have to go through the 'Cats in the championship game.

The Buffaloes have been solid on offense, but their current scoring clip of 80.6 PPG leaves them out of elite ranks. However, many experts view Colorado as the second-best side within the conference. On numberFire's college basketball power rankings, the Buffs (12.63 nERD) chime in at 21st in the country.

The Pac-12 Tournament commences on Wednesday (March 13), but as the No. 3 seed, Colorado won't compete until Thursday's quarterfinals. With a first-round bye, the Buffs will await the winner of Utah and Arizona State. The Sun Devils were the Pac-12's worst team this past year, but Utah can ball; Colorado split two head-to-head games with the Utes in 2024.

Washington State (+700)

A sleeper no more, the Washington State Cougars have been one of the best surprises from the Pac-12. Back in October, Wazzu began the campaign with 40-to-1 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook to win the conference regular-season title. That was tied for the second-longest price in the market.

Fast-forward to now, and the Cougars have been prolific on the court. They completed the recent regular season with a 23-8 record. When going against Pac-12 opponents, Washington State finished with 14-6 figures. In all, Wazzu earned the conference's No. 2 seed.

According to BartTorvik, the Cougars show up 45th in the nation. That still falls behind Arizona (4th) and Colorado (27th), yet Washington State very much feels like a dangerous team that no one wants to match up with.

Cougars head coach Kyle Smith is navigating his fifth season in Pullman. Through that tenure, 2024 has been WSU's strongest showing on the hardwood. With that being said, the Cougs have never won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament. Can they accomplish this feat in the grouping's final season?


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