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Pac-12 Tournament odds: Where do the Cougs stack up

The Pac-12 Tournament is in Vegas... So we do what only comes natural...

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The 9th seeded Cougars will kick off the Pac-12 Tournament later today when they take on the 8th seeded Cal Golden Bears. WSU is the lower seed in the matchup. WSU lost their only game against Cal this season. WSU hasn't won a game in the Pac-12 Tournament since 2009 (when they beat Ernie Kent). WSU has never won a conference tournament game when they were seeded 9th or worse. The next matchup would be against Arizona, the 5th best team in the nation. Conventional wisdom says the odds aren't good for the Cougars this week.

Well... Screw conventional wisdom, this is Vegas, baby! The city that never sleeps and throws conventional into the garbage like an empty can of beer that was just consumed on a public street. What does the city of light have to say about WSU's odds in the Pac-12 tourney? Whatever they are, they've got to be better than stupid conventional wisdom... Right?

... Right?

Not exactly.

According to Clay Travis at FoxSports.Com, Washington State is an 800/1 underdog to take the conference's automatic bid, by far the highest in the conference (USC checks in at 500/1 while Washington and Oregon State tie for 10th at 200/1). What this means is: if you bet $1 on WSU to win the Pac-12, and they do, you'll walk out with a cool $800. If you really want to press your luck, try Auburn. A $1 bet on the Tigers could net you $1,500 (as long as something terrible happens to every single player on Kentucky). Bovada, meanwhile, gives WSU slightly better odds. They put the Cougs on par with USC at 500/1.

Luckily they don't play the games on paper... or in a Vegas sportsbook...

Unsurprisingly, Arizona is one of the biggest favorites to win their conference tournament in the nation. Most places have them hovering around 1/2 odds to win the conference. The only other major conference team with better odds is Kentucky at 1/4.

I've included the full list of Pac-12 tourney odds from Bovada below:

  • Arizona 1/2
  • Utah 9/4
  • UCLA 10/1
  • Oregon 16/1
  • Stanford 16/1
  • Arizona State 33/1
  • Colorado 40/1
  • California 100/1
  • Oregon State 200/1
  • Washington 200/1
  • USC 500/1
  • Washington State 500/1
  • The game between WSU and Cal tips off at 12:30 on the Pac-12 network with Kevin Calabro and Don MacLean on the call.

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