Pac-12 College Basketball Odds: Arizona Biggest Threat to UCLA?

Written By Derek Wagner on October 26, 2022
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Pac-12 media is Wednesday, and the UCLA Bruins have aspirations to overtake the Arizona Wildcats as conference champions this year. The Bruins are the odds-on favorite to win the conference as they have some core pieces returning. Keep reading for in depth analysis on Pac-12 college basketball odds for the 2022-23 season!

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  • Odds to win the National Championship:

Coming in as the regular season favorite in Pac-12 college basketball odds is Mick Cronin’s Bruins. Cronin enters his fourth season as UCLA coach with high aspirations to play deep into the tournament come March.

Returning for one more season are Jaime Jaquez, Jaylen Clark and Tyger Campbell. Veteran guard play is always important come March and UCLA is not lacking in that department. Campbell is one of the best guards in the country, and a huge part of why the team ranked twelfth in adjusted offensive efficiency last season.

As well as being efficient on the offensive end, UCLA did well on the defensive end also. Cronin’s has had a reputation for have a strong defensive team dating back to his days in Cincinnati and that has carried over to UCLA. The Bruins finished last season at No. 18 in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency in the country. In addition to that, Jaquez, Clark, and Myles Johnson all made the PAC-12 All-Defensive Team last year.

  • Key Losses: Johnny Juzang (NBA), Cody Riley (Slovenian League)

Five-star center Adem Bona will likely step in and start after the team lost Myles Johnson. Bona chose UCLA over offers from Kentucky, Kansas and Baylor. Although Bona is very raw offensively and needs to work on some things, he should be able to contribute right away on the defensive end. Cronin will need him to, as Myles Johnson was one of the best rim protectors in the conference last season.


Arizona Wildcats

  • Odds to win the National Championship:

Tommy Lloyd is coming off one of the most impressive first seasons a college basketball coach has ever had. The Wildcats finished the season 33-4 with a 18-2 conference record. They earned themselves a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament and eventually went on to win it by defeating UCLA 84-76 in the championship game.

  • Key Losses: Bennedict Mathurin (NBA), Christian Koloko (NBA), Dalen Terry (NBA)

Texas transfer Courtney Ramey should assume a key role and add veteran experience for the Wildcats. Ramey shot a consistent 36% from behind the arc over four seasons with the Longhorns. In addition to Ramey, and Azuolas Tubelis, Kerr Kriisa, and Pelle Larsson will have to step up and contribute more with Mathurin’s 17.7 points per game gone. Mathurin was the Pac-12 player of the year last season, so he leaves a huge hole to fill. Larsson in his own right was the Pac-12 sixth man of the year last season, so expectations are high for him with minutes available at the guard position.

Arizona has big goals for this season, as they finished last season top-25 in both Adjusted offensive Efficiency and Defensive Efficiency. The Wildcats were also ninth in adjusted tempo a season ago, making it difficult on opposing defenses to slow them down at times.

Oregon Ducks

  • Odds to win the National Championship:

Dana Altman‘s squad is hoping to rebound after a disappointing campaign last season. Altman’s Ducks finished sixth in the Pac-12 in the 2021-22 season, underachieving by finishing only 11-9 in conference play. Altman has a good recruiting class lined up to make a push for the Pac-12 lead

  • Key Losses: Jacob Young (NBA), De’Vion Harmon (transferred to Texas Tech), and Eric Williams (transferred to San Diego)
  • Key Additions: Kel’el Ware, Tyrone Williams (transfer from junior college), Dior Johnson, Keeshawn Barthelemy (Colorado transfer), Jermaine Couisnard (transfer from South Carolina)

Kel’el Ware is an interesting addition to this Ducks roster to say the least. Ware is a big 7-foot center who has a willingness to step outside and take a long-range jumper when left uncontested. Keep an eye on him before conference play starts to see if Altman gives him the go-ahead to shoot or if he wants more quality looks. For what it’s worth, Ware is a good free throw shooter for his size.

In addition to Ware, big man N’Faly Dante returns for the Ducks. Dante had an impressive season last year, leading the conference in 2-point field goal percentage at 67.5%. Dante and Ware should make for one of the more formidable front courts in college basketball this season if they can stay healthy.

Jermaine Couisnard will look to replace the scoring vacancy left by Jacob Young. Although Couisnard can score, he comes with a tendency to turn the ball over as he averaged over three turnovers a game last season. Look for this to play a role in individual matchups against stronger on ball opponents. Nevertheless, a quality lead guard in Will Richardson remains.

One of the more intriguing additions to this Ducks squad is transfer Tyrone Williams. Williams spent three seasons in junior college and was the nation’s leading scorer in junior college last year with 27.7 points per game. Williams can absolutely get buckets and can be a major contributor for the Ducks off the bench.

Altman’s squad needs to play better defense if they want to get back to the top of the conference this year. For the first time since 2015, Dana Altman’s team finished outside the top 100 in adjusted defensive efficiency. The press defense Altman runs unfortunately got beat a lot last season. In February’s game against Arizona State last year, the Ducks gave up 18 fast break points.

USC Trojans

  • Odds to win the National Championship:

Andy Enfield‘s Trojans have quietly been one of the most impressive teams in college basketball in recent years. The Trojans have amassed 73 wins in the past three seasons, only trailing Kansas and Baylor during that time. Unfortunately, USC may not be able to keep pace this season.

  • Key Losses: Isaiah Mobley (NBA), Chevez Goodwin, Max Agbonkpolo, Ethan Anderson (transfer), Isaiah White

USC was hoping to have big contributions from incoming freshman Vince Iwuchukwu, but the 7-foot-1 center went into cardiac arrest during a workout in July. His status for this season is unclear. Iwuchukwu was a top-30 recruit coming out of high school. If he is unable to play because of his condition, it will be a huge blow to Enfield’s Trojans. Although Iwuchukwu’s status remains uncertain, he is not the only top recruit USC has coming into the program this season. Incoming freshman Tre White could contribute immediately for the Trojans.

White is a 6-foot-7 forward with an explosive scoring ability off the dribble and a respectable 3-point shot. If Iwuchukwu is sidelined for a significant amount of time, Enfield may lean on White a lot this season. USC ranked in the top 60 in both offense and defensive efficiency last season. White will be asked to replace the scoring void left by Isaiah Mobley. The 6-foot-10 Mobley averaged 14.2 points per game and 8.3 rebounds, good for second in the conference. Mobley finished first team All Pac-12 team along with teammate Drew Peterson.


The Bruins are the rightful favorite to win the Pac-12 this season. They are returning key starters in Campbell and Jaquez while Arizona has lost a step with losing Mathurin, Terry and Koloko. Look for the Dana Altman’s Ducks to try and cause some problems though after a good recruiting class and some key additions in the transfer portal.

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