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March 12, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Morning links: Huskies need to buck odds

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Calling this week’s sojourn to Sin City a business trip, Lorenzo Romar isn’t allowing the over-21 players on the Washington men’s basketball team time to on the MGM Grand casino floor.

Still, this is Las Vegas and gambling on the Huskies is a risky bet according to oddsmakers who established UW as a 100-to-1 long shot to win the Pac-12 tournament title.

Arizona is the overwhelming favorite at 2/3 odds followed by UCLA 4/1 and defending champion Oregon 7/1.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Seems fairly simple. If No. 9 seed Washington is going to get past No. 8 seed Utah today in its tournament opener, then the Huskies’ Big Three (C.J. Wilcox, Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews) are going to have to be collectively better than the Utes’ leading scorers (Delon Wright, Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor). Williams-Goss is the youngest of the players in question, but already the freshman point guard has established himself as one of the brightest young stars in the Pac-12.

— Taylor has pretty decent stats and he’s a nice supporting players, but in reality, Utah is led by Wright and Loveridge. Wright told the Salt Lake Tribune: “It’s important that we set the tone. We play best when we have a lot of guys who are scoring and getting involved. But me and Jordan have to lead and we have to play well.”

— Sounds like Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is ready. He told the Deseret News: “It’s on. We’ve got a pretty good plan. I’m really proud of the kids and what we’ve accomplished up to this point. And now we’ve got some larger goals to try to reach.”

— Washington and Utah are both chasing the NCAA tournament, but if they fall short of the Big Dance both could land in the National Invitation Tournament, according to Bracketmatrix.com. Meanwhile, Oregon State is considered a NIT bubble team.

— At 16-14, OSU needs to beat in-state rival Oregon to guarantee itself a spot in the NIT.

— Oregon, which is riding a seven-game winning streak, looks to have reclaimed their mojo, but sophomore guard Dominic Artis is still MIA.

— Junior guard Askia Booker is the lone holdover from Colorado’s magical four-wins-in-four-days run to the the 2012 Pac-12 tournament title.

— Top-seed Arizona is clearly the best team in the Pac-12, but the Wildcats probably aren’t t deep enough to win three games in three days. If they stumble, then Oregon appears to have the depth to make a run for the title.

— Here’s another Pac-12 tournament preview that focuses on Oregon’s chances to repeat as tournament champions.

— There’s talk in Olympia about renewing the game between Washington and Gonzaga.

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