After being an almost perennial doormat, the Pac-12 sent three teams to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season.
UCLA, USC and Oregon State all made it to that quarterfinal stage with UCLA advancing to the Final Four before losing to Gonzaga.
This season, the Pac-12 should again have multiple programs pushing for NCAA Tournament bids.
Be sure to see our college basketball computer picks page for game predictions throughout the Pac-12 tournament. Also, Joe Fortenbaugh has provided us his Pac-12 Tournament best bet below:
Arizona (-125) and UCLA (+105) will face off in the final at 9:00PM Eastern time on March 12th. Both these teams are safely going to be in the March Madness tournament, but this one is a big game for seeding and confidence heading into that tournament.
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Arizona Leads Pac-12 Basketball Championship Odds
Odds as of March 12 at BetOnline Sportsbook
Is Arizona A Legit Threat To Win It All?
If you haven’t watched the Wildcats this season, you are missing out on one of the most exciting teams in the country.
The Wildcats are currently the second-ranked team in the nation at 30-3 on the season. The Pac-12 is not an easy conference but they have pretty much run through it, going 20-2 in conference play. Arizona is a perfect 17-0 at home and has an incredible average winning margin of +17.3 on the season.
The Wildcats boast one of the best offenses in college basketball, averaging 84.6 points per game. They are led by Bennedict Mathurin and Azuolas Tubelis, who are potential first-round picks in next year’s NBA draft.
They are certainly deserving of being the favorite to win this tournament, and are also deserving of being one of the favorites to be cutting down the nets in April.
Can UCLA Live Up To Preseason Expectations?
The Bruins were one of the favorites to win the national championship heading into the season, but now as we begin the conference tournaments, they aren’t even favored to win the Pac-12. They are still a major threat, though, as they returned their entire starting lineup and were ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.
As an 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season, UCLA was a bit of a surprise in getting all the way to the Final Four. But the talent on the team was undeniable then, and it is even more so now.
There’s no reason this team can’t win it all, and the Bruins at plus odds are a great value pick to win the Pac-12. They have the experience and the talent to get it done. We saw that with their run last March.
Both teams are coming into this final winners of five straight games. The Bruins are playing the best basketball of their season winning four of those games by double-digits and winning the five by an average of 15.4 points.
Best Bet: UCLA Bruins (+105)
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