NCAA Pac-12 Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2022
- The Pac-12 Tournament is back at the T-Mobile Arena.
- The Oregon State Beavers won the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament.
- The Arizona Wildcats open as the favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament!
The Pac-12 Conference Tournament, also known as the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all twelve schools representing the conference.
The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
Pac-12 Tournament Betting Odds
The odds for the Winner of the Pac-12 Tournament are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Washington State||+3000 |
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Favorites to Win the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament
The Arizona Wildcats handily won the Pac-12 regular season with an 18-2 conference record. They are the second-best team with their 28-3 overall record. They have -120 odds to win the Pac-12 Tournament.
Arizona has the third-best offense in the nation and the best offense in the Pac-12. They score 84.7 points per game, eight points better than the second-best offense in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have two of the top five leading scorers in the Pac-12 in Bennedict Mathurin and Azoulis Tubelis.
Mathurin averages 17.4 points per game on 46.8% shooting, and Tubelis averages 14.7 points on an impressive 55% shooting clip.
Arizona is the best passing team in the country. Their 20.1 assists per game lead the nation. The Wildcats are strong passers in large part to point guard Kerr Kriisa.
Kriisa runs an efficient offense and helps to facilitate ball movement.
Defensively, the Wildcats are led by center Christian Koloko. Koloko scores 11.8 points per game, but his real impact is on the defensive side. He is 7’1” and a fierce rim protector. He is one of the nation’s best shot blockers and averages 2.8 blocks per game.
Although Arizona is the best team in the Pac-12, I do not expect them to win the tournament; great teams often do not win their conference tournaments. Regardless, they will make March Madness and receive a #1 seed in their region.
The UCLA Bruins had a solid regular season but could not outmatch Arizona. Their 15-5 conference record was good enough for 2nd in the Pac-12 and a #13 ranking. They have +160 odds to win the Pac-12 Tournament.
UCLA has the second-best offense in the conference and scores 76.7 points per game. Their offense is led by guard Johnny Juzang. Juzang had an excellent season last year and scored 16 points per game. He continued last season’s success into this season. He averaged 16.7 points this season. He is an efficient and a great leader of this Bruins squad.
UCLA has the strongest defense in the Pac-12. They only give up 64.2 points per game in a very difficult conference. There is not one standout player on defense; instead, the Bruins play solid team defense.
Although UCLA is not as good as Arizona, I expect them to win this tournament. The better they perform in the tournament, the better seeding they receive in March Madness.
The USC Trojans started the season quite well and were a top-ten team early on. They did not have the most challenging non-conference schedule, but they went undefeated, nonetheless. They have fallen a little bit from the top-ten but are still a tough team to beat.
The Trojans lost a couple of games late in the season and fell to third in the Pac-12 with a 14-6 conference record. They have +1000 odds to win the Pac-12 Tournament.
USC may not be the best team in the Pac-12, but they have one of the best players in the Pac-12 in Isaiah Mobley (Mobley is the older brother of Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley). Isaiah Mobley is a 6’10” forward that shoots well from the field and rebounds well. His 14.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game lead the Trojans.
USC’s defense gives up 66 points per game, only 7.3 points less than they score. They have to step up their defense going forward to make a March Madness run.
They will face some teams that constantly attack the rim, so they need to stand firm and stifle all scoring at the net.
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Pac-12 Tournament FAQ
When Is the 2022 Pac-12 Conference Tournament?
The 2022 Pac-12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2022, and run through March 12th, 2022.
Where Is the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament Being Held?
The 2022 Pac-12 Tournament is being held at the T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada. T-Mobile Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, will be the location where the tournament will be hosted.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament?
The Pac-12 Tournament is expected to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. The Second and Third round of the tournament, as well as the Championship, will also be available on Fox Sports 1.
Live streaming will be available on the FOX Sports Go app, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
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Max Heering graduated from the University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining threes on the basketball court. Email: [email protected]