NCAA Pac-12 Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2021
- After a layoff during the 2019-2020 NCAA basketball season, the Pac-12 Tournament is back in 2021!
- The previous winners of the Pac-12 Tournament in 2019 were the Oregon Ducks.
- The USC Trojans open as the favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament!
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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.
The Arizona Wildcats will not be participating in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
When Is the 2021 Pac-12 Conference Tournament?
The 2020-2021 Pac-12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021 and run through March 13th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on COVID-19 protocol.
Where Is the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Being Held?
The 2021 Pac-12 Tournament is being held in 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.
There has been no statement regarding fan attendance policy.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 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.
Favorites to Win the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament
Trojans moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with a big win over the Ducks!
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— USC Men’s Basketball (@USC_Hoops) February 23, 2021
The USC Trojans open as the favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament. They not only sit at the top of the conference standings, but it also isn’t particularly difficult to see why. 13-3 in conference play, the Trojans have shown particular brilliance against their peers.
USC are an offensive juggernaut in the Pac-12 Conference. They rank first overall in field-goal percentage and fifth overall in three-point percentage. While they are liberal shooting the ball, they are more than capable of finding good opportunities.
The Trojans are lead by consensus top-five pick Evan Mobley. Mobley provides a Chris Bosh-like production on the offensive side of the ball but is an even more capable rim-protector. Considering how tight it is at the top of the Pac-12, you can bet Andy Enfield will be encouraging his team to perform.
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 21, 2021
The Bruins have been rather fortunate with their schedule in the 2020-2021 basketball season, but that isn’t their issue. With a 12-3 record in conference play, UCLA have proven themselves against their own division.
The Bruins are a strong team, particularly in the paint. Not only are they the fourth-best team in the conference in terms of rebounding the ball, but they are excellent at holding their own against their opponents on the boards.
UCLA are led by a trio of capable guards in Jaime Jaquez, Tyger Campbell, and Johnny Juzang. While diminutive in size, relative to others in the conference, UCLA’s team-play and work ethic have powered their success. The Bruins certainly aren’t starved for contributors.
2021 Pac-12 Tournament Dark Horse
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 23, 2021
In the grand scheme of college basketball, it’s difficult to count out a Dana Altman-coached team. They might not have the most impressive record in the conference, but the Ducks are led by a trio of seniors that have a lot to fight for.
The Ducks stand out on the defensive side of the ball. They are first in the conference in steals and third overall in blocks. They’re also capable shooters, ranking third overall in three-point percentage. Where the Ducks struggle is ball security. Without any true playmaker, they struggle to take care of the ball – justifying their 11.4 turnovers per game.
Guards Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa, along with big man Eugene Omoruyi, have led the Ducks this year as seniors. The Ducks certainly have experience on their side.
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— Colorado Men’s Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) February 21, 2021
The Colorado Buffaloes probably aren’t the most exciting team to watch in the Pac-12 Conference, but they are more than efficient in their game. With an 11-6 record through in-conference play, the Buffaloes have made themselves known amongst the best in their conference.
Colorado truly defines the phrase “a jack of all trades, master of none”. While they aren’t stellar anywhere in particular on the court, it’s their overall versatility that wins them the day. On the defensive side of the ball though, the Buffaloes are steadfast and organized.
Senior guard McKinley Wright IV not only leads the Buffaloes in scoring but also in assists. He is their only true playmaker, as he is crucial to initiating Tad Boyle’s offense.
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