The Arizona Wildcats are once again becoming the recruiting juggernaut they were under former head coach Lute Olson. How will this impact their College Basketball betting odds?
Sean Miller is now the orchestrator of one of the best recruiting efforts in the country. He continues to bring in five-star recruits, adding to the belief shared by many in college basketball that the Wildcats are going to be a Final Four program before very long. The latest five-star recruit to come to Tucson is shooting guard Allonzo Trier, who averaged near 30 points per game in summer tournaments.
What Does This Mean For Arizona?
The Wildcats just continue to accumulate more and more depth. There’s very little question at this point that Miller is the best recruiter in the Pac-12. He and brother Archie Miller at Dayton are already two of the most lauded and rising coaches in the land. They are both charismatic and energetic, and what’s also noticeable about the brothers is that they both create an atmosphere in which all players are given a chance to contribute and be part of something bigger. Sean Miller developed a lot of depth and balance with Arizona last season. He got his team to play hard on defense and share the ball on offense, without depending too much on any one person. With the addition of Trier, Miller will get the scoring source he lacked last season. Arizona missed just a few too many jump shots in a one-point loss to Wisconsin in the West Regional final.
What Does This Mean For The Rest Of The Pac-12?
One important detail of the Allonzo Trier story is that the high-scoring guard chose Arizona over UCLA and Washington. Therefore, it’s not just important that Arizona reeled in Trier. It’s equally as important if not more so that Arizona prevented UCLA and Washington from getting this prized player. Arizona has created a lot of distance between itself and every other Pac-12 program other than UCLA. The Wildcats are a clear number one in the Pac-12, and the Bruins are alone in second. After that, there’s not much competition. Oregon, in the Sweet 16 two seasons ago, will be thin in the coming season. Stanford might be the third-best team in the league after a deep tournament run last season. The rest of the league is in bad shape. Colorado probably won’t be better. Arizona State probably won’t be better. Cal, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, and USC all face difficult seasons ahead. Only Utah looks like a team that’s ready to move to the upper half of the league. It’s an Arizona league, with UCLA having an outside chance at toppling the Wildcats. The gap between Arizona and other non-UCLA teams just got a lot wider. UCLA also missed out on Trier, a development that could mean the difference between winning the Pac-12 and finishing second.
How To Bet The News
It’s clear that Arizona is the favorite in the Pac-12, but it’s now more apparent that by denying UCLA the ability to get Allonzo Trier, the Wildcats have gained a significant added boost. They should be even more of a betting favorite to win the Pac-12 regular season title.
As far as the big picture, the oddsmakers are telling you everything you need to know: the Wildcats are at 9/1 to win the NCAA Tournament next year. The only team with shorter odds is the Kentucky Wildcats, who are at 9/2.