2019 Pac-12 Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: Chasing the Huskies

2019 Pac-12 Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: Chasing the Huskies article feature image

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Washington guard Matisse Thybulle

  • The Pac-12 conference tournament will get underway on Wednesday, March 13 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
  • This year's Pac-12 is historically weak for a major conference, making Washington (+250) the heavy favorite.
  • Mike Randle offers his best bet to win the conference, as well as a scorching hot sleeper to consider as well.

For the first time since 2013, the Pac-12 regular-season champion was not Arizona or Oregon. The Washington Huskies (24-7, 15-3) dominated the conference, finishing three games clear of runner-up Arizona State.

Having received criticism all season, the Pac-12 is faced with the possibility of being a one-bid league in the NCAA tournament. No major conference has sent only one team to the dance in the past 25 years, but this is a historically bad power conference that was absolutely atrocious during the non-conference schedule.

That said, this is the perfect opportunity for a lower-ranked team to make a run and guarantee a spot in March Madness.

Let’s take a look at this year’s Pac-12 tournament field to try to identify a sleeper that could possibly challenge Washington’s supremacy at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

2019 Pac-12 Tournament Odds, Format

  • Who: All 12 Pac-12 teams
  • Format: Top 4 seeds receive a bye
  • When: March 13-16
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • How to Watch: Pac-12, ESPN, ESPN2
  • Defending Champion: Arizona

Opening Round Bet

USC +1 over Arizona:  These two teams met on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, and the Trojans blitzed the Wildcats, 80-57.  USC’s interior scorers Bennie Boatwright (18.1 ppg) and Nick Rakocevic (14.9 ppg) combined for 39 points and 24 rebounds in the Trojans win. 

USC is also shooting second best from the three-point line in conference play. Its 38.7% efficiency will be valuable against Arizona’s fourth-worst Pac-12 defense from beyond the arc. The Trojans shot 50% (10 of 20) from deep in their first matchup.

The Wildcats offense has been stagnant all year. They are coming off a 29-point loss at Oregon, followed by a 72-64 home loss to in-state rival Arizona State. In its last seven Pac-12 road games, Arizona is only 1-6.

It has been a very disappointing season for the Trojans as well, but this is a shot at new life and I think they are the more talented team. Look for USC’s interior to overwhelm Arizona and eliminate the two-time defending Pac-12 tournament champion.

Most Likely Champion

Washington (+250) is the autopick for the most likely champion.  The Huskies always control tempo with their tough zone defense. They are led by two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year in Matisse Thybulle (3.5 spg, 2.2 bpg), and this year’s Pac-12 Player of the Year in sophomore Jaylen Nowell (16.3 ppg).

The Huskies have enjoyed a comfortable lead in the conference all season, jumping out to a 13-1 start. While teams have seen more success against their zone the second time, they still possess the most experienced and talented roster. Seniors David Crisp (12.6 ppg) and Noah Dickerson (12.9 ppg) provide a dual threat on both the perimeter and interior.

Washington defeated every team in the conference except Arizona State, which it only faced once on the road. With a strong head coach in Mike Hopkins, the Huskies are the clear favorite.

Potential Sleeper

The hottest team entering the tournament also provides the best betting value.

How would you rate this article?

Top Offers

Action Newsletter
Sign Up >
The top betting news and picks for all the big games delivered directly to your inbox daily.
Action Podcasts
Listen >
The award-winning Action Network Podcast covers all angles of betting and DFS from industry-leading pros.
Betting 101
Bet Smarter >
New to betting? No sweat. Check out our betting education hub, which ranges from beginner tips to advanced strategies.
Sports Betting Legalization
Predictions >
When will sports betting be legal in your state? Check our our projections for all 50 states.
Betting Calculators
Try Now >
Easily calculate your winnings for straight bets and parlays using American, Decimal, or Fractional odds.
Expert Picks
Best Bets >
See all of the bets Action Network experts are making in real-time, covering the big games and the hidden gems.

Top Stories