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Just like the Big East where favorites fell like flies, ACC tournament odds rewarded underdog bettors Thursday with three of four pups turning the trick. Virginia, Miami and NC State were all underdogs of 4 to 7 points and all won. Only Georgia Tech – favored over defending champion North Carolina – won as chalk. Those three dog winners are dogs again today, with Virginia opening as a whopping 16.5-point underdog against Duke. The Blue Devils are 13-1 SU their past 14 against the Cavaliers, who have stumbled to a 1-8-1 ATS mark in 10 games overall and had lost nine straight games to end the regular season. {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Basketball/NCAAB/150666 }[ Matchup Report ]{/URL}

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Virginia lost by 18 to Duke two weeks ago, so 16.5 points is about right for a team that limped into the ACC tournament and played without their top scorer Sylven Landesberg who was suspended for failing classes.

Miami vs Virginia Tech Odds - {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Basketball/NCAAB/150670}[ Matchup Report ]{/URL} If FG% advantage is a key handicapping indicator (and it is), history points to Virginia Tech winning this game over Miami and covering the ACC tournament point spread. In seven of the past eight meetings between these ACC rivals, the Hokies had the edge in that stat. Not surprisingly, they won and covered six of those games. The risk is Miami’s advantage from 3-point land.

Georgia Tech vs. Maryland - {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Basketball/NCAAB/150676}[ Matchup Report ]{/URL} Maryland has beaten Georgia Tech nine straight (6-3 ATS) including a 76-74 game on Feb. 20 as these teams head for a clash in Greensboro. Georgia Tech won yesterday after backing into the conference playoffs on a 2-5 SU run. They had also slumped ATS, going 2-7 in nine games.

NC State vs Florida State - {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Basketball/NCAAB/150688}[ Matchup Report ]{/URL} On paper, this is a mismatch with Florida State holding all the edges. But in head-to-head action, the WolfPack returns the favor holding 12-4 ATS advantages over the Seminoles. Florida State’s defense ranked in the Top 20 nationally in PPG allowed and that should be the difference here.

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