Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round betting preview and odds

The Pacific-12 Conference Tournament gets underway with opening round action from Las Vegas. A full slate of four games will tip off with Stanford taking on Arizona State and wrap up with Washington battling USC.

Tournament to be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stanford Cardinal vs Arizona State Sun Devils (+3.5, 150)

ABOUT STANFORD (14-16 SU, 13-15-1 ATS, 14-15 O/U): Junior forward Reid Travis received first-team All-Pac-12 honors after finishing in the top five in the league in scoring (17.2) and rebounding (8.8), and the 6-8 standout averaged 19 points and 9.5 boards in the two regular-season losses to Arizona State. First-year coach Jerod Haase has received a welcome spark from senior guard Marcus Allen, who has averaged 14.4 points over the last eight games and was voted to the Pac-12’s all-defensive team. The taller Cardinal should control the paint against Arizona State but may need improved play from the point guard position to get past the first round.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (14-17 SU, 14-14-2 ATS, 17-12-1 O/U): Guard Torian Graham averaged 27 points in the two wins over the Cardinal while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 11-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Sun Devils shot 44.6 percent from 3-point range in the two games against Stanford and figure to rely on the shot again Wednesday against a Cardinal team that is next-to-last in the league in defending 3-pointers. Senior forward Obinna Oleka recorded 14 double-doubles this season but struggled in the two games against Stanford, averaging 11 points and four rebounds.

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TRENDS:

* Cardinal are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
* Sun Devils are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
* Over is 5-1 in Cardinal last 6 Wednesday games.
* Under is 6-1 in Sun Devils last 7 overall.
* Favorite is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

Oregon St. Beavers vs California Golden Bears (-14.5, 120.5)

ABOUT OREGON STATE (5-26 SU, 12-17 ATS, 15-14 O/U): Sophomore forward Drew Eubanks earned all-Pac-12 honorable mention honors after averaging 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, but guards Stephen Thompson Jr., JaQuori McLaughlin and Kendal Manuel shot a combined 30.8 percent from the field in the last three games. Sophomore center Gligorije Rakocevic has provided a spark by averaging 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds over the past 10 games, giving coach Wayne Tinkle hope for an upset. “I’ve seen some nutty stuff happen in the postseason,” Tinkle told reporters. “It is a clean slate and it’s time to start over.”

ABOUT CAL (19-11 SU, 13-17 ATS, 13-17 O/U): Nobody questions the Bears’ defensive ability, but coach Cuonzo Martin needs more scoring throughout his lineup after his bench was held to six points in the loss to Colorado. “You just can’t keep getting stops and stops without scoring,” senior wing Jabari Bird told reporters. “We’ve got to score baskets, too.” Bird, whose career has been marked by multiple injuries, ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game but was limited to a total of 18 points on 7-of-24 shooting in two regular-season wins over the Beavers.

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Beavers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
* Golden Bears are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
* Over is 9-1 in Beavers last 10 neutral site games.
* Under is 4-0 in Golden Bears last 4 vs. Pacific-12.
* Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Washington St. Cougars vs Colorado Buffaloes (-10, 146)

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (13-17 SU, 14-13 ATS, 10-17 O/U): Coach Ernie Kent’s Cougars began the season 9-5, including a 2-0 Pac-12 start, but dropped 12 of their last 16 contests to finish 6-12 in the conference, above only Washington (2-16) and Oregon State (1-17). With 15.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per outing, senior forward Josh Hawkinson, a second-team all-conference selection, was only one of two Pac-12 players to average a double-double on the season and his 55 career double-doubles are the most by any active Division I player in the nation. Four other Cougars are averaging at least 9.3 points, led by senior guard Ike Iroegbu (12.5) and freshman backcourt mate Malachi Flynn (10.1) who also average a combined 6.5 assists per outing.

ABOUT COLORADO (18-13 SU, 11-18-1 ATS, 13-17 O/U): The Buffaloes’ 91-89 overtime loss at Washington State on Jan. 21 culminated a 0-7 Pac-12 start, but Colorado caught fire and closed out the season with eight wins in its final 11 games, including an 81-49 rout of the visiting Cougars on Feb. 12. Senior guard Derrick White, a Division II transfer, has made the most of his only season in Boulder as he leads the team with 17.0 points, 4.3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game and was the only Pac-12 player to earn All-Pac 12 first-team and all-defensive team honors. Senior forward Xavier Johnson (14.5 points) and junior swingman George King (11.5) also average double figures while King (6.9 rebounds), senior forward Wesley Gordon (6.6) and Johnson (6.0) are the leaders on the boards.

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Cougars are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win.
* Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as a favorite.
* Under is 7-0 in Cougars last 7 overall.
* Under is 5-0 in Buffaloes last 5 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.

Washington Huskies vs Southern California Trojans (-11.5, 154.5)

ABOUT WASHINGTON (9-21 SU, 8-20-1 ATS, 10-19 O/U): David Crisp was expected to step in and help fill the void left by Fultz, but the team’s second-leading scorer (13.5) is mired in an 8-for-38 shooting slump over the last three games, capped by a scoreless performance against the Trojans in which the sophomore guard fouled out in 18 minutes. Noah Dickerson, on the other hand, is thriving in the last three games, averaging 22 points to bump his season average to 12.4. The 6-8 sophomore forward scored a career-high 27 points against the Trojans last weekend, so he should be one of the more confident players on the floor.

ABOUT USC (23-8 SU, 15-15 ATS, 15-14-1 O/U): Jordan McLaughlin enters the tournament playing at his highest level of the season and the junior point guard has the experience to lead his team deep into this tournament. He’s averaging 15.3 points in the last three games and has 29 assists and six turnovers in that span, just missing a triple-double by one rebound last week against Washington State. His distribution skills will surely benefit his talented big men up front, Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, who lead the team in scoring at 14.9 and 14.4 points, respectively.

MATCHUP CHART:

TRENDS:

* Huskies are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Pacific-12.
* Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
* Under is 8-0 in Huskies last 8 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5.
* Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 neutral site games as a favorite.
* Huskies are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.


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