College Basketball Betting: Virginia Cavaliers Favored to Win ACC Tournament
The ACC Tournament starts on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. with the bottom four seeds squaring off in the first round. The top four seeds — Virginia, North Carolina, Duke and Florida State — all have a double bye and don’t play play until Thursday. There are rumblings that the ACC could place nine teams in the NCAA Tournament; three of which no. 1 seeds. It’s arguably the strongest conference in the country with six teams currently among Ken Pomeroy’s top 20.
Due to the size of the league and tournament format, the ACC Tournament has typically been friendly to the top seeds. Over the last eight years, only once has the winner come from outside the top three seeds (no. 5 Duke in 2017).
Wednesday’s NC State vs. Clemson matchup is one to keep an eye on as both teams are considered to be “on the bubble.” The winner should secure a Big Dance berth as their quarterfinal matchup with Virginia will obviously add to their strength of schedule.
Duke’s Zion Williamson has missed six straight games but is expected to return for Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Blue Devils were 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS in his absence.
Virginia’s won last year’s ACC Tournament — three wins in three days — and infamously lost to Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers aren’t deep (306th nationally in bench minutes) and perhaps won’t be so gung-ho to cut down the nets in Charlotte this time around.
Speaking of depth, there are a number of ACC teams lacking in that department — Syracuse (276th), Clemson (287th), Notre Dame (298th), Virginia (306th), Virginia Tech (318th) and Miami (348th) — bettors should be aware of with the potential for back-to-back games.
2019 was The Year of the Under in the ACC as all but on of the league’s 15 teams (Virginia Tech (16-12-1 O/U) trended over the total from a season-long perspective.
It doesn’t look like Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim puts much stock into the ACC Tournament. Since joining the league in 2014, the Orange are 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS. They play the winner of Tuesday’s Boston College vs. Pittsburgh game.
ACC Tournament Odds
North Carolina +300
Florida State +1200
Virginia Tech +1500
Rest of Field +50000