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College Basketball: Odds to Win the ACC Tournament

Odds to win ACC tournament

The Duke Blue Devils are ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation and with conference tournaments about two months away, it’s no surprise to see them as a -160 favorite to win the ACC tournament in early March. However, they have only won one conference title since 2011 so is a bet on them the best value for your money?

Bovada has Duke as a -160 favorite followed by North Carolina at +375, Virginia at +450, Virginia Tech at +1100 and NC State at +1400 to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard to win the ACC championship.

Blue Devils led by a fantastic freshman class

Duke has found a good balance between a high-flying offense and a stifling defense in the early going of the season that has catapulted it to the top of the AP poll. The Blue Devils are led by a three-headed monster in R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, all expected to be lottery picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, with Barrett and Williamson potentially being the first two picks.

Barrett, a forward from Canada, is leading the team with 22.9 points per game and is an all-around playmaker. Williamson, a forward from South Carolina, is a force around the net with his thunderous dunks as he averages 20.2 points per game and leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game. Reddish, a forward from Pennsylvania, is a sharpshooter, hitting 34.1 percent of his three-point attempts and leading the team with 31 triples. As mentioned above, though, the Blue Devils won the 2017 ACC tournament and prior to that their most recent win had come in 2011 so there’s not much value at -160 but if there’s a team to do it, it would be this one.

Could the Cavaliers win back-to-back ACC tournaments?

Last season, Virginia captured its first ACC title since 2014 and its third all-time and now it is seeking its first-ever back-to-back championships. Then-sophomore guard Kyle Guy was the ACC tournament MVP in 2018 and he is the leading scorer for the Cavaliers with 15.8 points per game this year while shooting 48.2 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, they have a projected first-round pick in DeAndre Hunter, who is scoring 13.8 ppg and averages 5.1 rebounds, the second-best mark on the team.

But the offense isn’t the key to victory for them. It is the defense that is paving the way as they surrender the fewest points per game in the nation at 51.5, a figure that drops to 48.6 at home. Obviously, the biggest hurdle for the Cavs will be the Blue Devils, but Duke played Texas Tech (second-ranked defense) in December and was trailing with just over six minutes remaining and if Virginia can find a way to shut down the three-headed monster, the Cavs at +450 is the bet to make.

Here’s a look at the odds to win the ACC tournament:

2018-19 College basketball: ACC Tournament odds
Duke Blue Devils-160
North Carolina Tar Heels+375
Virginia Cavaliers+450
Virginia Tech Hokies+1100
NC State Wolfpack+1400
Florida State Seminoles+1800
Syracuse Orange+1800
Clemson Tigers+3500
Louisville Cardinals+3500
Miami Hurricanes+5000
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+5000
Pittsburgh Panthers+6600
Boston College Eagles+6600
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets+7500
Wake Forest Demon Deacons+15000

Odds as of January 8 at Bovada