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Pac-12 conference basketball tournament: Betting odds and picks against the spread

Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa celebrates after scoring against Colorado on Feb. 18.

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We’ve already mentioned some UCLA players, but we’ll start here with Jaquez Jr. anyway. He is arguably the best player in this conference as he has the ability to influence the game offensively in a number of different ways. Jaquez’s footwork makes him nearly impossible to guard in the center post, so he’s a great backstop for the Bruins offensively.

For Arizona, the players you want to know are guard Kerr Kriisa, forward Azuolas Tubelis and center Oumar Ballo. Kriisa is a floor general for the Wildcats, but he also has the ability to hit big threes. He’s a tough player who likes to compete, and he’s exactly what you want as a point guard in a tournament setting. Tubelis is a versatile big guy who can beat you with finesse or power. And Ballo is just a huge body in the paint, with the ability to dominate games with his raw power around the edge. Arizona has a little bit of everything, which is why the team is so special.

There are a few other players we can highlight here, but one last one we’ll bring up is USC’s Drew Peterson. The senior is a six-foot wing who can actually shoot basketball, but he’s also become quite the passer for an off-ball player. If the Trojans are going to win this tournament, it will have everything to do with Peterson’s play.