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Pac-12 Conference Tournament 1st Round Betting Preview

The Pac-12 tournament gets underway Wednesday in Las Vegas, highlighted by a first round matchup not many would have predicted a few weeks ago with UCLA facing off against USC.

Tournament to be played at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington Huskies (-2.5, 150)

* Senior forward Rosco Allen, an All-Pac-12 First Team selection, averaged 17.9 points over his last seven contests and had a team-high 20 points along with nine rebounds in last month’s loss to the Huskies. Senior point guard Christian Sanders was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules last week and is not expected to play in the Pac-12 tournament.

* Andrew Andrews scored fewer than 12 points twice this season, and one of the games came against Stanford on Feb. 20 as the league’s leading scorer missed all four field-goal attempts and finished with eight points. The Huskies’ roster is tied for the fifth youngest in Division I and features a promising point guard in Murray, who was named to the second team all-conference squad after averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Betting Stats:

Stanford – 15-15 SU, 11-15-1 ATS, 13-14 O/U
Washington – 17-13 SU, 16-12 ATS, 18-10 O/U

Trends:

* Under is 4-0 in Stanford’s last four neutral site games.
* Under is 7-0 in Washington’s last seven neutral site games.
* Washington is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS loss.
* Stanford is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games versus a team with a winning SU record.

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Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes (-9.5, 140.5)

* The Cougars are riding a 16-game losing streak and finished the regular season by allowing Washington star Andrew Andrews to score a career-high 47 points, but they have at least one believer in Arizona coach Sean Miller. “I’m just telling you, Washington State — don’t be surprised if they play really, really well,” Miller told reporters. Washington State’s best chance for an upset rests with 6-foot-10 forward Josh Hawkinson, who averages 15.6 points and a league-high 11 rebounds.

* The Buffaloes likely need at least one win in Las Vegas to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament after closing the regular season by watching Utah rally from a 14-point second-half deficit to escape with a 57-55 victory. Forward Josh Scott received All-Pac-12 First Team honors for the second straight season after averaging 16.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, and the 6-foot-10 senior has matched up well against Pac-12 big men such as Hawkinson and Utah’s Jakob Poeltl.

Betting Stats:

Washington State – 9-21 SU, 12-17 ATS, 13-16 O/U
Colorado – 21-10 SU, 17-11 ATS, 14-14 O/U

Trends:

* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Under is 10-2 in Washington State’s last 12 overall.
* Colorado is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
* Washington State is 0-5 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win.

UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans (-2.5, 157)

* The Bruins arrived at the MGM Grand losing their last four games after failing to achieve a winning record throughout conference play. Their best bet to knock off USC might ride on the hands of junior wing Isaac Hamilton, who recorded his career high of 36 points in this arena last season when UCLA routed the Trojans in the quarterfinals of this tournament.

* The seventh-seeded Trojans were 7-3 on Feb. 4 and tied for second in conference play after beating the Bruins for the second time this season, but an eight-day break seemed to take some steam out of their momentum and they lost the next two games and six of their final eight in conference play. USC doesn’t need to rely on one player as six Trojans average from 10 to 12.9 points and seven have scored at least 19 in a game this season.

Betting Stats:

UCLA – 15-16 SU, 11-20 ATS, 18-13 O/U
USC – 20-11 SU, 17-13-1 ATS, 16-14-1 O/U

Trends:

* UCLA is 0-4 ATS in its last four overall.
* USC is 1-5 ATS in its last six games overall.
* Over is 5-0-1 in USC’s last six games following an ATS loss.
* Over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Oregon State Beavers (-3, 142)

* Arizona State blew out the Beavers by 18 points in their only meeting this season, a 86-68 victory in Tempe on Jan. 28, and Obinna Oleka scored 17 points and Gerry Blakes had 16, well above their season averages. Arizona State leading scorer Tra Holder continues to play like he already hit his peak this season, averaging 17.5 points from mid-December to mid-February, but just 8.7 points in the last six games to lower his season mark to 14.3.

* Oregon State was one of the hottest teams over the second half of Pac-12 play, but the sixth-seeded Beavers could remain shorthanded Wednesday because Oregon State freshman forward Tres Tinkle, the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder, missed the last two games with a right foot injury and his father and head coach Wayne Tinkle didn’t sound optimistic he’d return in time for the Pac-12 tournament opener.

Betting Stats:

Arizona State – 15-16 SU, 14-15-1 ATS, 17-12 O/U
Oregon State – 18-11 SU, 15-13 ATS, 18-10 O/U

Trends:

* Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Oregon State is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games following an ATS win.
* Over is 5-0 in Oregon State’s last five neutral site games.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.