Pac-12 Odds Report: Oregon is Quacking Their Way to First
The Ducks (20-6, 9-4 Pac 12) ended a two-game skid by sweeping a pair of home games last week, most notably against then No. 16 Colorado to regain a share of first-place in a very top-heavy Pac 12 conference.
Their win over Colorado was particularly impressive, as Oregon overcame an early 20-0 run by the Buffs and then exerted their dominance in the second half where they would eventually go on to win 68-60.
This sets up a pivotal three-day period for the Ducks as they are set to embark on their annual Arizona road-trip swing when they face Arizona State and Arizona this week.
Should the Ducks come out with a split or better, the chances to win the Pac 12 outright are very much in play, as they close out their season with three consecutive home games against Oregon State, Cal and Stanford.
Oddsmakers aren’t ignorant of this fact either, as they currently have Oregon as the short favorite with their Pac 12 Tournament odds at +150.
February 20: at Arizona State (17-8, 8-4 Pac 12); February 22: at No. 24 Arizona (18-7, 8-4 Pac 12)
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Colorado Pac-12 Odds Take a Shot as They Squander Two-Game Lead in Conference
While the Buffs were able to get a cozy 22-point win at the hands of a middling Oregon State team on Saturday, their squandered opportunity to pull the season sweep of the Oregon Ducks likely will leave a bad taste in their mouth.
The Buffs used a 20-0 first half run to take a 30-16 lead on their conference foes, before getting outscored 15-2 over the last 4:38 to eventually fall to the Ducks and relinquished a chance to have a two-game conference lead.
Instead, Colorado (20-6, 9-4 Pac 12) now finds itself once again in a tie at the top of the standings, with both Arizona schools only a half-game behind them, and both Los Angeles schools just a game out of first.
This week Colorado looks to resume their strong play in Boulder, where they are 6-1 this season in conference play, when they face off against USC and UCLA.
Should the Buffs stumble at home this week, the race to win the outright Pac 12 regular season crown will get very interesting to close out the year.
Entering the week, oddsmakers still have the Buffs Pac-12 odds at +400 to win the tournament in a few weeks.
February 20: vs. USC (19-7, 8-5 Pac 12); February 22: vs. UCLA (15-11, 8-5 Pac 12)
Things are Heating Up in the Desert
Don’t look now, but Arizona and Arizona State are both starting to play their best basketball of the season.
Arizona (18-7, 8-4 Pac 12) swept their Bay Area road-trip with convincing wins over Cal and Stanford, and now is in perfect position to at least be in a tie for first-place in the conference when they return to Tucson to host Oregon State and Oregon this week.
Meanwhile over in Tempe, Bobby Hurley is doing what Bobby Hurley does in February.
Making a charge up the standings and into the NCAA Tournament field.
The Sun Devils (17-8, 8-4 Pac 12) have won seven of their last eight games, and like their in-state rivals, are also coming off a road sweep of Stanford and Cal.
With four of their last six games coming in Tempe, where they are 4-1 this season in conference play, the Sun Devils have a real opportunity to play themselves right into the thick of a Pac 12 regular season conference title.
Oddsmakers are much stronger believers in the boys from Tucson over the boys from Tempe however, as Arizona is listed at +200 to win the Pac 12 Tournament while Arizona State is strangely a 30-to-1 long shot to do the same thing.
Arizona – February 20: vs. Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac 12); February 22: vs. No. 14 Oregon (20-6, 9-4 Pac 12)
Arizona State – February 20: vs. No. 14 Oregon (20-6, 9-4 Pac 12); February 22: vs. Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac 12)
The City of Angels Could Crash the Pac 12 Party
Right when everyone was about to count out Mick Cronin’s UCLA Bruins (15-11, 8-5 Pac 12), all the Bruins have done is run off wins in seven of their last nine games, the latest victories coming at the expense of both bottom dwelling Washington schools.
Nonetheless, the Bruins have also knocked off Colorado and Arizona recently and seem to be coming together at the perfect time of the season.
With rematch games against Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona and USC looming on their schedule, UCLA can play themselves right back into the conversation of an at-large bid, and even contend for the Pac 12 regular season championship.
Considering they were sitting at 8-9 and 1-3 in conference just a month ago, the turnaround done by Mick Cronin’s squad has been impressive to say the least.
Meanwhile across the city, USC (19-7, 8-5 Pac 12) ended a three-game slide with a pair of victories against the same duo of Washington teams when they beat Washington 62-56 and Washington State 70-51.
While USC has not fared well against the top of the conference, they can still play their way right back into the mix of a regular season conference championship and further solidify their chances to land an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament with a strong finish to their season.
Oddsmakers enter this week listing USC to win the Pac 12 Tournament at +2100, while they still have UCLA as a deep longshot at +5000.
Handicapping the Rest of the Pac 12
After a hot start to the season, Stanford (16-9, 5-7 Pac 12) has had the wheels completely fall off with seven losses in their last eight games.
The rest of the conference is nothing to write home about, with the only sure thing in the Pac 12 looking to be Washington (12-14, 2-11 Pac 12) losing games, and vastly underperforming to their preseason expectations.
Pac 12 Betting Nuggets
- Oregon is 4-7 ATS in their L11 games
- Colorado is 2-4 ATS in their L6 games
- Arizona UNDER is 6-2 in their L8 games
- Arizona State OVER is 4-1 in their L5 games
- UCLA is 6-3 ATS in their L9 games
- USC is 9-2 ATS in their L11 games; UNDER is 6-1 in L7 games
- Stanford is 2-6 ATS in their L8 games
- Utah UNDER is 7-1 in their L8 games
- Oregon State UNDER is 5-2 in their L7 games
- Washington State UNDER is 5-2 in their L7 games
- Cal is 5-2 ATS in their L7 games
- Washington is 1-10 ATS in their L11 games