College Basketball Betting: PAC-12 Tournament Up For Grabs
The PAC-12 Tournament starts on Wednesday as Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Washington (24-7, 15-3) appears to be the only team assured on an NCAA Tournament berth, though the Huskies rank a very pedestrian 46th according to KenPom. In theory, the PAC-12 could put only one team into the NCAA Tournament and that team would have to participate in the “play-in” round.
The bottom eight seeds all play first round games on Wednesday. The top four seeds (no. 1 Washington, no. 2 Arizona State, no. 3 Utah and no. 4 Oregon State) all have a first round bye.
Historically, it’s been a very chalk-heavy event with the championship featuring the top two seeds each of the last five years. But with no dominant team and seven of the league’s 12 squads finishing conference play 10-8, 9-9 or 8-10, this year’s tournament sets up well for the unexpected.
Nearly half the PAC-12 features a head coach that may be coaching his last game. Cal’s Wyking Jones and Washington State’s Ernie Kent are likely to be fired. USC’s Andy Enfield and Stanford’s Jerod Haase are on the hot seat. UCLA’s Murry Bartow obviously won’t be a part of next year’s new regime. And Arizona’s Sean Miller hinted that he knows the end of his tenure is near due to off-the-court issues.
After losing 15 straight PAC-12 games, California closed the regular season a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS. One of those wins came against top seed Washington.
Oregon’s Dana Altman has a strong pedigree in the PAC-12 Tournament from a straight up perspective with a 15-6 record. The Ducks, however, went a modest 10-10-1 against the spread. They are a trendy pick to win the PAC-12 Tournament following a 4-0 SU/ATS run to close the regular season.
PAC-12 Tournament Odds
Arizona State +350
Oregon State +650
Washington State +20000