No. 4 Arizona will look to back up its regular season conference championship with a league tournament title when the Pac 12 Tournament gets underway tomorrow afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Opening 2014 Pac 12 Tournament Odds from Sportsbook.ag are, indeed, favoring the Wildcats to get the job done this week. Sean Miller’s team is drawing a -120 money line ($120 wins $100), making it far and away the bookmaker’s top choice to win the conference tournament. UCLA is second on the list at +450 college basketball odds while Oregon is third with a +700 line ($100 wins $700). Rounding out Sportsbook.ag’s top five Pac 12 Tournament favorites are Arizona State and Stanford, which are each getting +1000 odds to win Saturday’s championship game.
Arizona opened its conference season with an 8-0 record and it did so after scoring non-conference wins over the likes of San Diego State, Duke, and Michigan. It was not until a February 1st road game against California that the Wildcats tasted defeat. The Golden Bears slipped past Arizona 58-60 after Wildcats forward Brandon Ashley went down with a first half foot injury. The setback did not send Arizona into a tailspin, but it took the team a couple of weeks to adjust to the loss of Ashley.
The Wildcats pushed forward, though, and they went into Saturday’s regular season finale in Oregon riding a five game winning streak. The red hot Ducks ended Arizona’s run, scoring a 64-57 win at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Despite the outcome of that game, which had no impact on the Wildcats conference situation, the odds makers expect Arizona to foil all comers this week.
Among those that seem like viable threats to a Wildcats tournament championship are the aforementioned Ducks as well as UCLA, Arizona State, and Stanford. Both Oregon and ASU earned wins over Arizona while the Bruins and Cardinal turned in solid efforts in losing to Miller’s crew.
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2014 Pac 12 Tournament Odds: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Arizona State +1000
Oregon State +7500
Washington State +20000