Who's going to win the Pac-12 Tournament (according to Vegas)?

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The Pac-12 Tournament returns to Vegas for the 2nd year. We could try to pick our winner for the first round games starting tonight, but what fun would that be? Las Vegas has already done the work for us.

The Pac-12 Tournament tips off today in Las Vegas. There are many great things about sin city (a fine town that I will be visiting in roughly 3 weeks), but perhaps the best thing (besides the buffets) is the legalized sports betting.

Today being the tip off of the tournament, I could come here and write about who I think will win the tournament. I could fill out a bracket and tell you who will win each game. I could tell you how far the Cougs have a chance to go in the tournament. But I don't have to. First of all, Jeff Nusser will be by later today to cover that last one. Second of all, those fantastic, legal sports books in Nevada have already done those first two for me.

Here are the odds from Bovada on who will walk out with the trophy and automatic birth in hand. Spoiler: Vegas doesn't love the Cougars.

Arizona leads the pac(k) with 3/2 odds to win the tournament followed by UCLA (4/1), Oregon (7/1) and ASU (9/1). On the bottom side of the list are the high risk, high reward proposition. Washington is 100/1 odds to win it, OSU is 150/1 odds and the Cougars and Trojans are both very long shots at 500/1 odds. If you have faith in your Cougs, you might want to consider a short trip to Vegas to put a $10 bet on WSU that would pay $5,000 when the miracle happens on Saturday.

As for the games tonight, Washington and Utah tip off at noon with Utah favored by 5.5, USC and Colorado tip off at 2:30 with the Buffaloes favored by 8.5, Oregon State is a 6.5 point underdog to Oregon with a 6 PM tip and, finally, your Washington State Cougars are whopping 10.5 point underdogs to the Stanford Cardinal.

Remember, sports betting is illegal almost everywhere except Las Vegas. So, if you were to take a trip to Sin City for Pac-12 basketball paradise, who would your money be on?

Basketball

It’s win-or-go-home time for Cougars - Spokesman.com - March 11, 2014
When the losses piled up for the Washington State Cougars in the latter half of the men’s Pac-12 season they were of little consequence.

Stanford can't afford quick end to Pac-10 tourney - SFGate
Finishing in the middle of the pack in the Pac-12 was not what Stanford's players, coaches and certainly school administrators had in mind, even if the Cardinal wound up with the exact seeding - sixth - that the media predicted for them in a preseason poll. According to the bracketologists who predict the NCAA Tournament draw, Stanford will be invited as a 10th seed.

Cougar Women Receive Votes in Top-25 USA Today Coaches Poll - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU received votes in the latest Top-25 USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time since 1995-96.

Non-Revenue

Jorgensen Headed to NCAA Indoor T&F Champs - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Jorgensen set to race Friday at NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

Cougars Finish in Top 10 at Bandon Dunes - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars finished play in a tie for 10th place with host school Gonzaga.

Cougars Sweep Tennis Doubleheader - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State senior Emily Funabiki fought off six match points before winning 8-7 to lift the Cougars to a 7-0 win over Lewis-Clark State. Earlier in the day WSU defeated Eastern Washington 6-1.

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