The Pac-12 basketball regular season is winding its way to a close and all the madness of March is just beginning. On Sunday, the Pac-12 will have two important conference games on tap with one pitting Stanford against Arizona and UCLA hosting Oregon State.
Stanford at Arizona
Stanford is considered a mid-range seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament by a number of NCAA insiders. However, a win Sunday over Arizona could seal that slot for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal lost to the Wildcats the first time the two team played 60-57. The Cardinal was a 6-point favorite on Bovada in that matchup.
Stanford has been profitable closing out the season covering 7 of its past 9 games overall while the total has stayed on the UNDER in four of its past five outings.
This past Wednesday, the Cardinal was a two-point dog versus Arizona State on topbet, but lost outright by 12 points. That followed a big victory for the team over UCLA as a favorite on betonline by two points 83-74.
Arizona has clinched the title for the regular season in the Pac-12. The Wildcats however, need to continue winning to receive a No. 1 seed in one of the regions when March Madness starts
Arizona overall is 26-2 SU and 17-10 ATS. The Wildcats have covered in four of their past five games overall. Arizona has covered in 10 of its 16 home games this season.
Losing Brandon Ashley for the season in February took much of Arizona’s offensive punch and that caused odds makers at sportsbook.com to lengthen the odds for the Wildcats to win the national title.
Arizona is currently favored by 11.5 points in this matchup.
Pick: Arizona less the points to cover.
Oregon State at UCLA
Oregon State has lost four of its past six games overall. The Beavers are 7-8 SU in Pac-12 action. The Beavers defeated USC 76-66 in their last game played on Thursday as a road dog by 1-point.
Oregon State as a home underdog of 5 points defeated UCLA on February 3 by the score of 71-67.
UCLA followed its recent loss against Stanford with a loss in double overtime to Oregon 87-83. The Bruins were a 3.5-point favorite at home in the game.
The total cashed on the OVER and has gone OVER on all but one of UCLA’s last six games. UCLA is 10-5 SU and ATS in the Pac-12, which is second behind Arizona.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford benched two of his top players Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams against Oregon for violating rules.
UCLA is one of the highest scoring teams in the country. The Bruins average almost 83 points per game.
The line has UCLA favored by 12.5 points. Oregon is 2-1 SU over the past three games head to head with UCLA. The Beavers are 4-0 ATS over the past four games versus UCLA.
Pick: UCLA straight up, Oregon State against the spread.