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ACC Tournament Betting – Duke, North Carolina Clash Again in ACC Tournament

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 2:12:16 AM
  • What: College basketball betting
  • When: Begins Thursday, March 10th at 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

Online betting players have watched Duke and North Carolina roll through the ACC this season, and it’s only right that we have them going head-to-head in the final of the conference tournament in a rubber match. The Blue Devils overcame a large deficit at home in the first meeting, while the Tar Heels dominated the second to win the regular-season title. On a neutral court, we’re taking the red-hot Tar Heels.

College Basketball Betting: Duke (+100)

The Blue Devils have won nine of the last 12 ACC tournaments, and will be motivated by the loss at North Carolina, which gave the Tar Heels the regular-season crown. They have senior leadership in Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, and Smith is a legitimate Player of the Year candidate. Seth Curry has stepped up in the absence of injured frosh Kyrie Irving, and the defense is active. When it comes to balance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team that is as well-rounded as Duke, but they live and die by the three-pointer. If that isn’t falling, Duke can be beaten.

College Basketball Betting: North Carolina (+190)

The Tar Heels won their 17th tournament in 2008, and they would love to sweep the ACC after bailing out in the first round in last year’s tournament. There may not be a hotter team in the country than North Carolina, who have an inside presence in Tyler Zeller and John Henson, a pair of freshman stars in Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall, they’ve improved their defense and the role players have been playing their parts. Defense will be the main factor in North Carolina’s college basketball betting success, because with Marshall running the show, the Tar Heels are as good offensively as anyone in the nation.

College Basketball Betting: Clemson (+500)

The Tigers slid into the final first-round bye by finishing fourth in the regular season, and they counter an average offense with lockdown defense as they are 14th in points allowed, 24th in field-goal defense and 53rd in three-point defense. Demontez Stitt and Andre Young can get hot at the other end of the floor, but they tend to go hot and cold shooting the basketball. Outside of their defense, the Tigers don’t go anything great, but they’re not terrible at things like foul shooting, rebounding and blocked shots, and that won’t be enough to get them past the top two.

College Basketball Betting: Florida State (+750)

The Seminoles finished third in the regular season, and they even did well down the stretch without injured star Chris Singleton, who is unlikely to play in this tournament. Like the Tigers, the Seminoles aren’t offensively gifted, so they pull up their sleeves on defense, where they lead the nation in field-goal defense. The Seminoles are a rugged team, but someone has to step up on the offensive end, and guard Derwin Kitchen has filled the void. However, they may need more to have a chance to win their first ACC tournament.

College Basketball Betting: Virginia Tech (+750)

The Hokies lost their last two games to stumble to a fifth seed in the ACC tournament, and they depend heavily on the scoring of guard Malcolm Delaney, who is out to end his college career on a high note. Forward Jeff Allen is a double-double threat and the Hokies’ best rebounder, and Virginia Tech is a solid defensive team. But like Clemson and Florida State, they don’t have enough scoring to hang with Duke and North Carolina, although they lost to the Tar Heels by only three and beat the Blue Devils in Blacksburg. On a neutral court, unless they can turn a game into a grinder, the Hokies will be left behind.

College Basketball Betting: The Rest

Boston College at +1200 is the only other team with a legitimate shot to win it all, although that would be a major upset as well. Virginia at +2000 could be worth a shot as they’ve won four of their last five heading into the ACC tournament, but a lot would have to go right for the Cavaliers.

College Basketball Betting: Outlook And Pick

Duke and North Carolina have combined to win 35 ACC tournaments, and all but one since 1997 (Maryland won in 2004). The Tar Heels and Blue Devils have been the class of the conference for the entire season, and even though it only takes one bad game, the Tar Heels are arguably the hottest team in the country, while the Blue Devils have only lost on the road and should do better on a neutral site, Therefore, we’re predicting a rubber match for North Carolina and Duke, and we’re riding with the Tar Heels to pull level with the Blue Devils on 18 conference champions, sweeping the ACC titles and possibly a No.1 seed. Bet on North Carolina in your sports betting picks.

College Basketball Betting Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels

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