After a few tumultuous weeks for the program, the Arizona Wildcats enter the Pac-12 Conference tournament as the +190 favorites to cut down the nets in Las Vegas. That should come as no surprise, as Arizona won the regular-season title by two games and is the only team in the conference ranked nationally.
The ground has settled under Arizona with Sean Miller on the sideline and Allonzo Trier back in the lineup. That being said, the Wildcats have not traveled well this season, with six of their seven losses coming away from Tucson (three true road and three neutral-site). If Arizona can rectify its inconsistencies, the team should easily win the Pac-12 tourney and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
No. 2 seed USC (+400) enters the tournament with the second-best odds to win it all. The Trojans won’t wow many viewers but their steady brand of basketball has the team sitting 10th in the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio. Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin runs the offense to near perfection – pacing the Pac-12 in assists per game – but a middling defense could ultimately cost USC.
The hottest team entering the tournament might quietly be Utah (+600), as the No. 3 seed is 6-1 in its last seven outings. The issue for the Utes is a potential date with the Trojans in the second round, as Utah dropped both games against USC during the regular season by a combined 33 points.