Washington State is the consensus favorite to win the 2024 Pac-12 regular-season championship, according to the latest college basketball odds.
After years of toiling away as a conference afterthought, Washington State is closing in on its first Pac-12 championship since World War II. No, really.
That may sound preposterous, but our best sports betting sites have the Cougars priced as the consensus favorite to outlast Arizona in the final two weeks of the regular season. Those two are the only schools dealing with shorter than 30/1 odds to win the final championship for the soon-to-be-defunct conference.
Here is a look at the 2024 Pac-12 championship market (odds via our best March Madness betting sites).
Pac-12 basketball title odds 2024 (regular season)
(Odds updated Feb. 23)
Who is the Pac-12 basketball championship favorite?
Washington State (-140 via bet365)
The last time Washington won the conference title was 1941, when the Pac-12 had just nine teams. The Cougars were projected to finish dead last that year but finished with 26 wins - which is still tied for the most in program history - and nearly won the NCAA Tournament, too.
The latter feels like a stretch, but our best sports betting apps agree on one thing: this is Washington State's conference title to lose. After stunning Arizona on Thursday to complete the season sweep, the Cougs own a half-game lead over the Wildcats and should be favored in each of their final four games down the stretch.
Even if Arizona runs the table, it would still lose the tiebreaker to Washington State, which owns the nation's fifth-longest winning streak (eight) entering the final two weeks of the season. One loss would flip this entire race, but as of now, we're on track for history.
Pac-12 basketball odds 2024: Contender
Arizona (+140 via Caesars)
This should have been Arizona's year to win just its second conference title in nine years after opening as the favorite. It looked like it would be, too, as the Wildcats were dealing as short as -500 just a few weeks ago.
Then came the inexplicable home loss to Washington State, which effectively killed Arizona's chances of winning the conference without a Cougars loss. That could still happen, and if it does, the Wildcats would immediately flip to Pac-12 favorites.
Pac-12 tournament odds 2024
Even if Washington State wins the regular-season title, expect Arizona to open as the favorite to win the conference tournament, with UCLA and Oregon somewhere in the mix. A deep run in that tourney could be critical for some of the Pac-12's secondary teams to secure a spot in the Big Dance, which could spell chaos and long-shot value once these odds are released.
Pac-12 basketball odds movement
Arizona entered this season as the betting favorite to win the Pac-12 over USC and UCLA. Instead, Washington State emerged out of seemingly nowhere to stun the Wildcats this week and steal the top spot on the conference oddsboard.
At this rate, the Cougars should be able to hold onto that perch given their competition down the stretch. As we've seen this season - and especially in this conference - anything can happen in any given contest, so don't write this one off as a finished result just yet.
Recent Pac-12 conference winners
Pac-12 basketball betting analysis
All of the best sports betting sites have Washington State favored over Arizona after the former scored a shocking road win over the latter ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season.
At this point, the math heavily favors one of those two winning this year's Pac-12 title, though Oregon technically has an outside shot in this market if the first two fall flat on their face down the stretch.
The Ducks play Arizona on March 2, though they don't face Washington State, which would need to lose twice to truly shake up this race.
Pac-12 basketball FAQs
Who is the Pac-12 basketball favorite?
Washington State is the betting favorite (-140) to win its first Pac-12 regular-season title since 1940-41.
Who won the Pac-12 basketball title last year?
UCLA won the Pac-12 conference title last year with an 18-2 record in league play.
When is the 2024 Pac-12 basketball tournament?
The Pac-12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 13 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament final will take place on Saturday, March 16.
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