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Our favorites, sleepers, and dark horses in the 2021 Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament

We take a look at one favorite, one sleeper and one dark horse candidate to win it all in the 2021 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament.

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The Pac-12 regular season wrapped up last week and the top of the standings wasn’t quite what we were expecting heading into the season. And yet, heading into the conference tournament we know what to expect from each program.

We’ll be taking a look at some of the best teams in each conference, and providing picks and predictions for each conference tournament. Plenty of favorites will win, but we’ve got some sleepers to consider that might be able to pull off a big upset on the way to the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the bracket for the Pac-12 Conference Tournament with TV listings, dates and times.

Favorite: Oregon Ducks +185

The Ducks are heading into the conference tournament coming off a regular-season Pac-12 title. They’re getting hot too, having won 10 of their last 11 games, dating back to the beginning of February. Barring any unforeseen COVID incidents, Oregon is healthy too, with all their key players available. Chris Duarte and Eugene Omoruyi lead the way, combining for 33 points per game. KenPom has them ranked as the most efficient offense in the conference and the 17th best overall in the nation.

There are some teams that have given them issues earlier in the season, like USC and Colorado, but the Ducks have taken their game to a new level in recent weeks.

Sleeper: Colorado Buffaloes +250

The Buffs are ranked No. 23 in the nation and finished the season in third place in the Pac-12 standings. They have a ton of experience on the roster and have been able to beat top-tier programs in the Pac-12 this season, including the two teams who finished above them in the regular-season standings, USC and Oregon.

McKinley Wright IV leads the way for Colorado, he’s scoring nearly 16 points per game and KenPom has them ranked as the best combo of offensive and defensive efficiency in the conference.

Dark Horse: Washington State Cougars +7000

There’s a clear group of four teams that are the rational choice to cut down the nets at the end of the Pac-12 Tournament, Oregon, USC, Colorado and UCLA. But outside of that group, if you’re looking for a fun pick, go with the underdogs. The line on the Cougars to win it all is at WSU +7000. They finished 10th in the regular-season standings with a record of 7-12. However, they were able to knock off Oregon in their only meeting and have been playing teams very close in recent weeks.

Isaac Bonton is the driving force for this team, scoring 18 points per game and leading the team in assists and steals as well.

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