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NCAA Basketball Wednesday's Betting Preview and Odds for Pac-12 First Round Matchups

(SU - Straight-up Record, ATS - Against the Spread Record, O/U - Over/Under Record)

(9) Utah Utes vs. (8) Oregon State Beavers – 3:00 p.m. ET
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada

UTA: 16-14 SU, 15-15 ATS, 15-15 O/U
OSU: 17-13 SU, 17-13 ATS, 18-12 O/U

Pac-12 Records:
UTA: 7-11 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-9 O/U
OSU: 7-11 SU, 8-10 ATS, 10-8 O/U

Head-to-Head:

The home team has captured each of the two meetings this season, with both games decided by double-digits. Utah knocked off Oregon State, 81-69 as two-point home favorites on January 2, but the Beavers routed the Utes in Corvallis nearly six weeks later, 70-51 as five-point favorites.

Pac-12 Tournament History:

-- First meeting between the schools.

-- In 2019, Utah lost to Oregon, 66-54 in the quarterfinal round as 3 ½-point underdogs in spite of being the third seed.

-- Oregon State fell in the quarterfinals to Colorado, 73-58 as 2 ½-point favorites, marking an exit in their first game for the second time in three seasons.

(12) Washington Huskies vs. (5) Arizona Wildcats – 5:30 p.m. ET
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada

WSH: 15-16 SU, 12-19 ATS, 15-16 O/U
ARZ: 20-11 SU, 16-15 ATS, 14-17 O/U

Pac-12 Records:
WSH: 5-13 SU, 5-13 ATS, 8-10 O/U
ARZ: 10-8 SU, 10-8 ATS, 8-10 O/U

Head-to-Head:

The road squad went 2-0 in the two matchups, as Arizona won in Seattle, 75-72 as two-point favorites on January 30. The Huskies picked up their second away victory in Pac-12 play in the final weekend of the season with a 69-63 upset of Arizona in Tucson as 10 ½-point underdogs.

Pac-12 Tournament History:

-- Washington defeated Arizona to grab the 2011 conference championship, 77-75.

-- In 2019, Arizona was tripped up by USC, 78-65 in the first round following back-to-back Pac-12 tournament titles in 2017 and 2018.

-- The Huskies went from the top seed in 2019 to the bottom seed in 2020. Washington beat USC and Colorado in its first two games before falling to Oregon by 20 points in the conference championship.

(10) California Golden Bears vs. (7) Stanford Cardinal – 9:00 p.m. ET
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada

Stanford is listed as a heavy favorite against rival California in the Pac-12.
Stanford is listed as a heavy favorite against rival California in the Pac-12. (AP)

CAL: 13-18 SU, 14-17 ATS, 18-11-2 O/U
STAN: 20-11 SU, 19-12 ATS, 12-17-2 O/U

Pac-12 Records:
CAL: 7-11 SU, 10-8 ATS, 11-7 O/U
STAN: 9-9 ATS, 10-8 ATS, 10-8 O/U

Head-to-Head

: The home team won each time this season in low-scoring affairs. Stanford cruised past California in Palo Alto to tip off Pac-12 play, 68-52 as 10 ½-point favorites, but the Golden Bears edged the Cardinal, 52-50 in Berkeley in late January. Cal cashed as eight-point home ‘dogs in spite of shooting only 33% from the floor.

Pac-12 Tournament History:

-- These Bay Area rivals last met in this tournament two years ago in 2018 as Stanford eliminated Cal, 76-58.

-- Both these clubs lost in the first round in 2019 as Cal was bounced by Colorado, 56-51, while Stanford lost to UCLA, 79-72. The Golden Bears last advanced past the first round in 2017 when they beat Oregon State.

(11) Washington State Cougars vs. (6) Colorado Buffaloes – 11:30 p.m. ET
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada

WSU: 15-16 SU, 13-17-1 ATS, 16-15 O/U
COL: 21-10 SU, 12-18-1 ATS, 18-13 O/U

Pac-12 Records:
WSU: 6-12 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-9 O/U
COL: 10-8 SU, 7-11 ATS, 10-7-1 O/U

Head-to-Head:

Colorado dominated Washington State, 78-56 as 13 ½-point favorites in Boulder on January 23 in their lone meeting this season. The Buffaloes have won five of the last seven meetings with the Cougars dating back to February 2017.

Pac-12 Tournament History:

-- In the last matchup in the conference tournament in 2017, Colorado defeated Washington State, 73-63 in the opening round, but failed to cash as 11 ½-point favorites.

-- Washington State has never advanced to the Pac-12 championship, while Colorado won its lone league title in 2012 over Arizona. The Buffaloes reached the semifinals last season after beating Cal and Oregon State before getting knocked out by top-seed Washington. The Cougars were blown out by Oregon in the first round, 84-51, marking the eighth straight season they have been eliminated in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament.



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