ACC Basketball Betting Trends Heat Up Before Madness
Tremors rumbled through the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday night in a game between the No. 23 Maryland Terrapins and the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils.
The Terps not only covered as 1.5-point underdogs, they defeated the Blue Devils 79-72. The win allowed Maryland to pull even with Duke atop the conference standings. The two teams also take to the court on Saturday and with the regular season winding down and Selection Sunday in the very near future, wins are paramount. The Blue Devils are +140 to win the ACC tournament and the Terrapins are +240 to do the same at most online sportsbooks. This weekend Duke has a contest against the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels, who are looking like anything but defending champions - UNC is currently 5-10 within the ACC, 16-14 straight up and an ugly 9-18 against the spread.
UNC vs. Duke – ACC Betting Trends The Blue Devils have struggled in their last nine games overall against the Tar Heels, with records of 3-6 SU and ATS. Duke has also struggled the last 11 times they have hosted North Carolina, going 2-9 ATS and are 0-4 ATS in their last four such games. The Blue Devils have been much better in their last nine home games, going 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS and the odds reflect that fact.
Maryland vs. Virginia Maryland on the other hand, will be on the road to play the Virginia Cavaliers. The Terrapins have been hot as of late, going 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Over/Under bettors take note: in their last eight overall, the Over has cashed six times. Maryland has struggled in their last 11 in Virginia, with a record of 3-8 ATS, but they are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games.
Syracuse vs. Louisville With the season drawing to a close, the consensus No. 1 team in college basketball is the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse’s season finale is a road game against the Louisville Cardinals and in their last 11 away games, they are riding an 11-game SU winning streak. More importantly for sports bettors is how hot they have been against the spread, going a very impressive 10-1 ATS. The Orange have struggled in their last eight overall games against the Cards with records of 2-6 SU and 1-5-1 ATS. Syracuse is the odds-on favorite in Big East tournament odds at +150.
West Virginia vs. Villanova Speaking of the Big East, a crucial conference matchup takes place this weekend when the No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Villanova to play the No. 9 Wildcats. The two teams met in West Virginia back on Feb. 8 and the game resulted in an 82-75 win for 5-point underdog Villanova. In ‘Nova’s last 14 home games they are 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS and in West Virginia’s last 12 road games, it has taken eight Overs. The conference tournaments and Selection Sunday are coming and they will give way to March Madness. It’s a good time to be a hoops bettor.