ACC Betting Odds Preview
Since 1999 the Duke Blue Devils have won the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament 10 times in 15 seasons. With the addition of the Syracuse Orange, Pittsburgh Panthers, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the conference is looking stronger than ever; but the Duke Blue Devils are still atop the pack heading into the new season.
Going off at +175 at 5Dimes to win the ACC championship, Duke has a talented group of returning starters that includes junior guard Quinn Cook. But all eyes will be on freshman sensation Jabari Parker, who enters the season as one of the most hyped up players coming out of high school since LeBron James. The 6’8”, 225-pound 18-year-old freshman will be a Top 3 pick in next year’s NBA Draft, and is expected to make an immediate impact as one of college basketball’s top players this season.
It isn’t often that a star player returns to school for his senior season these days, but that is exactly what forward C.J. Fair did this offseason when he decided to forego the NBA Draft to play another season with the Syracuse Orange. Coming off a 14.5 points per game season, Fair leads a talented Orange team that is going off at +250 to win the ACC championship at 5Dimes.
The North Carolina Tar Heels (+350) have finished runner-up in the ACC Championship Game each of the last three seasons, and would love to break that streak this season with a win. James Michael McAdoo is coming off a 14.4 PPG season and is projected to develop into one of the premier forwards in college basketball this season.
Notre Dame (+650) joins the conference as a well-rounded unit that has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons, and could be stronger than ever with the addition of freshman guard Demetrius Williams.
Senior guard Joe Harris put the Virginia Cavaliers (+800) firmly in the ACC race last season with 16.3 points per game as a junior. His return should spark another competitive season for the Cavs.
Rounding out the ACC (with odds provided by 5Dimes):
Florida State +2000
Boston College +2000
Georgia Tech +4000
NC State +5000
Wake Forest +5000
Virginia Tech +10000