The ACC has been a battle all season long with several teams vying to finish with the regular season crown. The veteran experience of North Carolina (only two freshman on their roster) helped the team cinch the top spot in the conference, as well as making them the faces to win the conference tournament.
UNC opened at +185 at online book Sportsbook to win the conference title. It is easy to see why with the Tar Heels sporting a top 10 offense and an average scoring margin of +12.5 points per game. That’s not to say this will be a cakewalk for UNC as they have Duke (+425), Virginia (+220) and Miami (+450) breathing down their necks.
It will be important to see how the freshman-laden Blue Devils react when they get to the do-or-die situations of the postseason. Duke has been relatively underwhelming at times this season, which includes a stretch that saw them drop four of five games in January.
Virginia could offer plenty of value as they have managed to hold the third-best scoring defense in the nation despite playing within one of the highest scoring conferences in the nation. Only once in the month of February did the Cavaliers allow an opponent to score more than 70 points in a game.
Odds as of March 7 at Sportsbook
The Duke Blue Devils aren't entering this week's 2015 ACC Tournament as the top seed, but they have been listed as the betting favorite at the online sportsbooks for the event which gets underway on Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
At Sportsbook No. 2 Duke is the +135 favorite on the odds to win the ACC Tournament, putting them just ahead of No. 1 Virginia on that odds list at the sportsbook - the Cavaliers are set at +195. Virginia went 28-2 SU (15-12-1 ATS) and 16-2 in conference play this past season, while Duke went 28-3 SU (17-13-1 ATS) and 15-3 in conference play.
Along with the two top seeds No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Louisville also get a bye into Thursday's quarterfinal round, with the Fighting Irish at +700 and the Cardinals at +725 on the ACC Tournament odds at Sportsbook. The No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels, who have a bye into just the second round, are at +650.
The Tar Heels will take on the Sportsbook of Tuesday's Sportsbook-round game between Boston College and Georgia Tech, with the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes awaiting the Sportsbook of Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech in the second round. The other two second-round matchups are No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 9 Florida State, and No. 7 NC State vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh.
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Odds at Sportsbook
North Carolina +650
Notre Dame +700
NC State +3000
Miami Florida +4200
Florida State +28000
Wake Forest +75000
Georgia Tech +75000
Boston College +100000
Virginia Tech +200000
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Schedule
Sportsbook Rounds - March 10-11
Quarterfinals - March 12
Semifinals - March 13
Championship Game - March 14
Virginia and Duke are the top seeds left standing in ACC Tournament betting action, and they'll meet in separate semifinal matchups at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday.
No. 1 Virginia will take on No. 5 Pittsburgh on Saturday, with Virginia beating Florida State 64-51 in the quarterfinals and Pittsburgh upsetting North Carolina by a score of 80-75.
No. 3 Duke will then take on No. 7 N.C. State in the other ACC semifinal matchup on Saturday, with the Blue Devils coming off a tight 63-62 win over Clemson and N.C. State knocking off Syracuse by a 66-63 score.
The heavy hitters are set to take the floor in ACC Tournament betting action, with Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, and North Carolina all hitting the hardwood in the quarterfinals of the event on Friday.
Friday's quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament will be Virginia vs. Florida State, Syracuse vs. N.C. State, Duke vs. Clemson, and North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh.
In second-round action on Thursday it was Florida State over Maryland 67-65, Pittsburgh over Wake Forest 84-55, N.C. State over Miami 67-58, and Clemson over Georgia Tech 69-65.
The Virginia Cavaliers are the top seed in ACC Tournament betting action this week, but it's the Duke Blue Devils who are sitting as the favorites at the sportsbooks to pay off on the ACC Tournament odds and win the conference championship.
At Sportsbook third-seeded Duke sits as the +150 favorite on the ACC Tournament betting lines, with Virginia at +350, second-seeded Syracuse at +475, and fourth-seeded North Carolina at +650. Pittsburgh, the fifth seed at the ACC Tournament, is then a step back at +1000 on those odds.
Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, and North Carolina all have a bye into the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday, while Pittsburgh joins Clemson (+5000) and NC State (+5500) with byes into the second round. Maryland (+4000) and Florida State (+4000) will also meet in second-round action on Thursday.
The other six teams in the field will meet in Sportsbook-round ACC Tournament betting action on Wednesday, with Miami (+9000) vs. Virginia Tech (+300000), Georgia Tech (+30000) vs. Boston College (+150000), and Wake Forest (+200000) vs. Notre Dame (+12500).
ACC Tournament Odds at Sportsbook
North Carolina +650
Florida State +4000
NC State +5500
Miami FL +9000
Notre Dame +12500
Georgia Tech +30000
Boston College +150000
Wake Forest +200000
Virginia Tech +300000
2014 ACC Tournament Schedule
Sportsbook Rounds - March 12-13
Quarterfinals - March 14
Semifinals - March 15
Championship Game - March 16
We are down to the final four in today’s ACC Tournament betting semifinals, but only two of the top seeds remain at the event.
In Game 1 the No. 1 Miami Hurricanes will tangle with the No. 5 North Carolina State Wolfpack as 2-point favorites on the Sportsbook college basketball betting lines. Miami won their first meeting with N.C. State this season 79-78 as a 1-point road underdog.
No. 3 North Carolina will then face the upstart No. 7 Maryland Terrapins in the second semifinal after the Terps stunned Duke in the quarterfinals as 10-point underdogs. The Tar Heels won both meetings this season both SU and ATS.
The ACC Tournament quarterfinals get underway today with No. 1 Miami kicking things off against No. 8 Boston College as a 7.5-point favorite.
Following that game, the sportsbooks have opened No. 4 Virginia as a 1-point underdog against No. 5 N.C. State as the two battle it out for one of the spots in Saturday’s semifinals.
The third matchup of the day pits No. 2 Duke against No. 7 Maryland. The day’s action wraps up with the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels squaring off against No. 6 Florida State.
The quest for this season’s ACC Tournament crown starts this Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum, with the Duke Blue Devils the favorites over the Miami Hurricanes on the college hoops betting lines at the sportsbooks to claim the tourney title this weekend.
The first pairing of the day is No. 8 seed Boston College against No. 9 seed Georgia Tech. These two just closed out the regular season against one another with the Eagles coming out on top 74-72 as 4.5-point home favorites.
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The Sportsbook of this game will go on to play No. 1 seed Miami in Friday’s first quarterfinal game.
The second game on Thursday pairs No. 5 seed North Carolina State with No. 12 seed Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack and the Hokies played once during the regular season with NC State sweating-out a 90-86 victory in overtime as a 14-point home favorite.
Assuming it gets past the Hokies again, look for an NC State vs. No. 4 Virginia matchup in the quarterfinals.
No. 7 Maryland will start its tournament against No. 10 Wake Forest on Thursday. The Terrapins lost three of their last four regular-season games, but the lone win was against the Demon Deacons.
They actually beat Wake Forest twice this season both straight-up and against the spread. Assuming that Maryland can pull off the three-game sweep, it would advance on to play No. 2 Duke in the next round.
Thursday’s first-round action closes things out with No. 6 Florida State against No. 11 Clemson. The Seminoles rallied with three wins in their last four games to finish an even 9-9 SU in the ACC. Two of those nine victories came at the expense of the Tigers, but the season series was split ATS at 1-1.
The Sportsbook of this game will advance to the quarterfinals against No. 3 North Carolina.
While the betting public will be pulling for a Miami vs. Duke rubber match in the ACC Championship Game keep an eye on both NC State and North Carolina, who seem primed for a deep run.
The Wolfpack went 6-2 SU down the stretch, while the Tar Heels had a six-game winning streak snapped in a season-ending 69-53 loss to the Blue Devils as 2-point home favorites.
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of Sportsbook:
North Carolina +475
NC State +1000
Florida State +12500
Boston College +20000
Georgia Tech +10000
Wake Forest +40000
Virginia Tech +35000
Thursday, March 14 - First Round
12 PM ET – No. 8 Boston College vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech
2 PM ET – No. 5 NC State vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech
7 PM ET – No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 Wake Forest
9 PM ET – No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 Clemson
Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinal Round
12 PM ET – No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8/9
2 PM ET – No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 5/12
7 PM ET – No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7/10
9 PM ET – No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 6/11
Saturday, March 16 - Semifinal Round
1 PM ET – No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5/12
3 PM ET – No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6/11
Sunday, March 17 - Championship Game
1 PM ET - Semifinal 1 Sportsbook vs. Semifinal 2 Sportsbook
North Carolina stomped Duke last week and odds are good that the two longtime rivals will meet again in the ACC conference tournament final Sunday.
But before the Tar Heels and Blue Devils (ranked No. 4 and No. 6 nationally) can get there, they have to beat back a series of upset-minded ACC foes. Chief among them is dangerous Florida State.
And a key injury at Duke this weekend could open the door for the Seminoles. Ryan Kelly, the 6-foot-11 junior averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds with a terrific inside-outside game sprained his ankle and won't play.
The action tips off Thursday with four games and 250/1 longshot Boston College takes on NC State. Maryland faces Wake Forest in a battle of ACC 8 vs 9 while Clemson vs Virginia Tech and Miami vs Georgia tech round out the Sportsbook day.
Check out the matchups on every game and live ACC odds here at OddsShark.com.
ACC Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of Sportsbook:
North Carolina 10/11
Florida State 7/1
North Carolina State 14/1
Virginia Tech 30/1
Georgia Tech 150/1
Wake Forest 200/1
Boston College 250/1