The USC Trojans were +1000 afterthoughts to win the Pac-12 Tournament at the start of the season, but the Trojans have flipped the script and are in the driver’s seat ahead of the event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 10-13.
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USC sits atop Pac-12 Tournament odds at +145 to be the last team standing according to Bovada. Right behind the Trojans are the UCLA Bruins (+280), Colorado Buffaloes (+280) and Oregon Ducks (+370).
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Who Will Win the 2021 Pac-12 Basketball Tournament?
Odds as of February 25 at Bovada
Can UCLA Live Up to Preseason Expectations?
Last year, the storied UCLA program had a tough start to the season as the Bruins got dropped in nearly every game they played vs teams from Power Five conferences. This year, the Bruins, led by head coach Mick Cronin, opened the season as the No. 22 team in the nation and the +260 faves in Pac-12 Tournament odds.
The Bruins (16-5 overall, 12-3 in conference play) are hot on the heels of the Trojans (19-4 overall, 13-3 in conference play). As of this writing, UCLA was riding a three-game winning streak thanks to wins over Washington, Arizona and Arizona State.
If any team is going to challenge the Trojans for the conference title, it’s the Bruins – especially if they can keep their recent hot run going into college basketball conference tournament time.
Arizona State Enduring Season to Forget
What happened to the Sun Devils this year? Arizona State opened the season with a +265 chance to win the conference tourney – second on the oddsboard – but has since seen its Pac-12 Tournament odds plummet all the way down to +2400.
The Sun Devils, who’ve gone 8-11 overall and 5-8 in conference play, occupy the basement of the Pac-12. Arizona State has games against Washington, Washington State, Colorado and Utah before the tournament kicks off.
Anything can happen on the hardwood in March, but it’s looking like Arizona State’s chances of making an unlikely run to the conference title are slim to none at this point.