The 2013 ACC Tournament is looking to be one of the more thrilling conference tourneys in the nation this year.
With so many prestigious powerhouse programs involved, it’s quite a surprise to see the Miami Hurricanes slotted into the No. 1 seed. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that the betting public or Vegas expects them to win.
That honor goes to Duke, arguably the most complete team in the field and one loaded with veteran talent.
Let’s take a look at all the competing teams, evaluate each one’s odds, take a peek at the schedule and television info, predict a winner and much more in our 2013 ACC Tournament preview.
Seeds and Odds to Win 2013 ACC Tournament
*Odds courtesy of TopBet.com.
1. Miami (FL): +180
2. Duke: -140
3. North Carolina: +500
4. Virginia: +800
5. NC State: +450
6. Florida State: +1,800
7. Maryland: +2,000
8. Boston College: +5,000
9. Georgia Tech: +4,000
10. Wake Forest: +7,500
11. Clemson: +4,000
12. Virginia Tech: +10,000
Tournament Schedule and TV Information
Thursday, March 14 (First Round)
Game 1: No. 8 Boston College vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech, 12 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 2: No. 5 NC State vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 3: No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Game 4: No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 Clemson, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Friday, March 15 (Second Round)
Game 5: No. 1 Miami vs. Game 1 Winner, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 6: No. 4 Virginia vs. Game 2 Winner, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 7: No. 2 Duke vs. Game 3 Winner, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Game 8: No. 3 North Carolina vs. Game 4 Winner, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Saturday, March 16 (Semifinals)
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)
Sunday, March 17 (Finals)
Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN/ACC Network)
Player to Watch: Joe Harris, G, Virginia
This Cavaliers guard is an absolute force and has emerged as a legitimate ACC Player of the Year award contender.
Considering Harris piled in a ridiculous 17.0 points per game during the 2012-13 campaign (plus 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest), it’s not a stretch to predict the 6’6” junior to make a mark on this competition.
Harris’ shooting skills are what truly set him apart, as the large SG hits on 47.8 percent of his attempts from the field and an even more impressive 44.4 percent of his shots from deep.
If he can catch fire during this tourney, there’s no telling how far Virginia will be able to advance.
Sleeper Team: North Carolina State
The Wolfpack didn’t do themselves any favors by faltering in the regular season finale to the Florida State Seminoles, as they now have to play on the first day of the 2013 ACC Tournament.
However, this is still a highly dangerous team that could make a run all the way through the championship.
The puzzle pieces are in place, and it’s now up to coach Mark Gottfried to find a way to make them fit together. There is no way a roster that includes Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell and a host of solid role players should falter before the semifinals.
NC State has to get past No. 12 Virginia Tech to match up with No. 5 Virginia in the second round, putting the team in a situation where it could very likely be playing
Miami—a program that beat the Wolfpack on a buzzer-beater—is looking for a spot in the finals.
Predicted Winner: Duke
The Blue Devils are the favorite in this event for good reason.
They simply look unbeatable right now and have been exactly that with Ryan Kelly in the lineup.
The 6’11” forward has helped lead Duke to three-straight victories since returning from a foot injury that sidelined him for 13 games in the latter portion of the 2012-13 campaign.
Couple in the fact that Seth Curry is playing out of his mind (at one point connecting on 7-of-7 shots for 15 points before missing in the season finale against UNC) and you are looking at a recipe for winning in this tournament.
No other team in the ACC can compete with the overall top-to-bottom strength that coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad possesses. This is a special squad and one that should waltz its way to the championship.