The Pac-12 is considered by some as the weakest of the Power Six conferences, but that shouldn’t diminish the excitement for the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament. This tourney is still worth every college basketball fan’s attention. Who will surprise, dominate or win it all? In just a week, the Pac-12 will churn out the answers to those questions.
When is the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament?
The 2021 Pac-12 Tournament will kick off on March 10 with six teams vying for three slots in the quarterfinals, which will begin on March 11. After that, the action will resume on March 12 for the semifinals. Everything concludes on March 13 when the last two teams standing battle it out for the Pac-12 Tournament title.
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Where Will the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament be Held?
All games in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament will be played at the-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
Which teams are the favorites to win the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament?
- 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Odds: +200
Led by a potential future NBA superstar in Evan Mobley, the Trojans are expected to make waves in the upcoming 2021 Pac-12 Tournament. But there’s more to the Trojans than just Mobley. The Trojans’ defense alone can win games. They finished the regular season 32nd in the nation with just 64.1 points allowed per game and with opponents making only 0.961 points per possession.
Opposing teams are not having much success getting cheap baskets in the shaded area against USC because the Trojans are swatting away 5.2 shots per game, which speaks volumes about their interior defense; opponents are already staying away from taking shots at the rim, but in the few times they venture in the paint, they often get their attempts erased and sent away. No wonder the Trojans are first in scoring defense in the Pac-12.
- 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Odds:+220
If there’s one team that could make USC sweat the most in the Pac-12 tourney, it’s got to be Colorado. The Buffaloes have defeated USC twice already this season. Plus, they are on a nice groove right now, having won all of their last four games to end the regular season. Colorado has an experienced core, which could help stabilize the team in high-pressure situations during tournaments.
Per KenPom, the Buffaloes are 30th in the nation in experience (2.3 years). Also worth noting is the fact that Colorado is tops in Division I in free-throw percentage (83.4%).
Which Sleeper Team Can Shock the Field in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament?
- 2021 Pac-12 Tournament Odds: +2000
Utah ended the Pac-12 regular season with sub-.500 overall and conference records, but the Utes have picked up steam of late after winning two of their last three games. Among those victories was at the expense of Pac-12 tourney favorites, Trojans.
Utah even has a win against Colorado. It’s been a wild season so far for Utah, but the Utes have also shown they can get it together on certain nights. Not to be estimated is the Utes’ game inside the arc, as Utah is No. 1 in the Pac-12 with a 54.2 2P%.
Who Are the Players to Watch Out for in the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament?
Evan Mobley (USC)
Mobley is arguably the best player in the Pac-12, and you could certainly build a strong case for that. Mobley has the makings of a unicorn, a 7-footer who can run, stretch the floor, handle the ball in transition, and be a black hole on the defensive end of the court. You know he’s kind of a big deal when people are already comparing him with Anthony Davis. USC has a special one in Mobley.
Eugene Omoruyi (Oregon)
Oregon has become the hottest team in the Pac-12, entering the conference tournament on a five-game undefeated streak, and a lot of that has to do with Omoruyi. The 6-6 bruiser averaged 17.4 points while shooting 40% from the 3-point area, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals over that span.
2021 Pac-12 Tournament Expert Analysis and Betting Prediction
Sometimes, it’s just all about momentum, and no Pac-12 team is riding a bigger one than the Oregon Ducks. But the USC Trojans and the Colorado Buffaloes surely have compelling cases for their lofty status as favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament, as well. What’s certain is that it’ll be interesting to see how the tourney shakes out from beginning to end.
*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.