Pac-12 Tournament Betting Odds & Picks: Oregon State-Oregon, Arizona-USC, Cal-UCLA
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After two upsets to close out the night session, should the top seeds be on red alert in Las Vegas for the second straight day?
The first two matchups this afternoon feature teams that split their season series, and Pac-12 Cinderella Wazzu knocked off the Sun Devils by two in their lone meeting this season. Will a shakeup in the bracket continue or will the back-to-backs put these dogs at a disadvantage?
Pac-12 Tournament Odds & Picks
Oregon State vs. Oregon
- Spread: Oregon -7.5
- Total: 137.5
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV: Pac-12 Network
The Beavers and Ducks split their season series, with a pair of double-digit victories in favor of the respective home team. As I mentioned in the lead up to Oregon State’s game yesterday afternoon, the Beavers have been reliable at the window as of late. They handle inferior opponents and cash as favorites and run out of gas when pressed by quality teams.
The once-mercurial Ducks finally have a run of elite basketball in their rearview mirror. They’ve reeled off four straight wins straight up and against the spread, including an overtime thriller at Arizona. Payton Pritchard, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is averaging 27.5 points per game, 5.3 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game on 51.4% shooting from long range over this hot-streak.
As a whole, the Ducks are now up to sixth nationally in offensive efficiency.
Oregon State is 5-9 ATS away from Corvallis this season and is ill-equipped for a shootout against the Webfoots. The Beavers have eclipsed 74 points just once since Jan. 16 and came into the Pac-12 Tournament as the 220th-best three-point shooting team in the country. They were marginally better than that against Utah yesterday, shooting 8-of-22 from deep.
I like the Ducks to push the tempo and leave the Beavers down the stretch, leaning on elite three-point shooting (39.6%, second) to put together a few second-half runs.
PICK: Oregon -7.5
Arizona vs. USC
- Spread: Arizona -1
- Total: 138.5
- Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
- TV: Pac-12 Network
The scheduling quirks of the Pac-12 conference translated to Southern California playing just one game between March 1 and tonight. That kind of layoff can obviously go one of two ways for the Trojans, rested legs aiding a strong second half or rust hampering them out of the gate.