Pac-12 Betting Odds Preview
It’s been 11 years since the last time the Arizona Wildcats won the Pac-12 Championship, but they enter the season as the favorite to do just that going off at +145 at 5Dimes.
No one can argue that Arizona is the Pac-12’s most talented team, entering the season ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and projected by many to be a potential Final Four team. With a loaded front court led by 7’0” Kaleb Tarczewski and a true point guard coming in in freshman T.J. McConnell, for the Wildcats the only question is whether or not they will play to their potential.
The Colorado Buffaloes (+300 to win the Pac-12 at 5Dimes) have an outstanding defense, and return four of last season’s top five scorers on offense. Losing forward Andre Roberson will hurt a bit, but redshirt freshman Wesley Gordon figures to fill in nicely for him. What the Buffaloes lack in size they make up for in excellent team play on both sides of the court.
The Ben Howland era is finally over at UCLA (+350), and Steve Alford takes over a team with plenty of star power with Jordan Adams and the Wear Twins returning. The Bruins should be able to weather the storm of losing Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew if everyone can stay healthy, but depth was an issue last season and could be again this year as the team transitions into a new system.
The defending Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks (+500) lost a lot of big bodies up front including standout Arsalan Kazemi, but UNLV transfer Mike Moser should help lessen the blow. Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson should provide the Ducks with some outside scoring, and help keep this pesky and athletic team in the hunt.
California (+800) returns four of its five starters from last year’s squad, and Allen Crabbe’s spot should be filled nicely by standout recruit Jabari Bird. The Bears finished with 21 wins last season and shouldn’t see a drop off this year.
Rounding out the Pac-12 (with odds provided by 5Dimes):
Arizona State +1500
Oregon State +2000
Washington State +5000