The Pac-12 hasn’t had the best season in the world, but this conference will still crown its champion in college basketball betting action on Saturday night to either the Oregon Ducks or the UCLA Bruins.
The Quack Attack was probably at least somewhat in some danger as the Pac-12 Tournament started. At this point, not only are they safe to dance, but they are really moving up the bracket as well. Granted, we really haven’t seen Oregon play anyone stupendous this year in Sin City, but at this point in the year, wins are wins, even if they are against the Washington Huskies in overtime and the upstart Utah Utes. We still wonder whether this is a team that is good enough to beat the big boys in the conference and the nation without getting good minutes out of G Dominic Artis. Part of the reason that Artis didn’t play much down the stretch last night is because the team was out of reach for the Utes. However, we haven’t seen the freshman much in the second half of games here in Sin City, and considering the fact that he is one of the better three-point shooters and distributors that the team has to offer, we know that his ankle injury is going to have a huge impact on this game.
Most probably don’t even realize that the Bruins were the top seed in the Pac-12 Tournament this year. They have the regular season league crown, and they now have a massive scalp over the Arizona Wildcats here in Las Vegas. UCLA hasn’t made it easy on itself over the course of the last several weeks. Starting on February 27th, the Bruins have won by five in overtime, by five in overtime, have lost outright, have won by seven in regulation, five in regulation after facing a 15-point deficit, and then finally the 66-64 win over the Cats. F Jordan Adams saved the day, scoring 24 points to go with four boards, though he was one of the four players that scored in double figures for the boys in white and baby blue. We’re concerned that G Larry Drew II largely went MIA in that game, but we know that the Bruins’ best games aren’t necessarily ones where Drew scores a ton, rather the ones where he makes a ton of great passes.
The Bruins have been undervalued all year long in the Pac-12, and now is their time to shine. They were beaten in the one meeting this year that these two played at Pauley Pavilion, but that was back on January 19th. Quietly, UCLA has won seven out of eight and has covered six of the eight, and there is no reason to think that it won’t finish out this tournament with a win in the title game by at least a few points. UCLA 72 – Oregon 68
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