The 2013 ACC Tournament is scheduled to begin this Thursday and with it comes four days of non-stop action.
This is one of the better conferences in college basketball and a number of teams have legitimate chances to make a deep run. One way to cash on the excitement, literally, is to place a bet on the potential winner of the tourney.
We’re here to help you make an informed decision by providing the odds for each squad and some advice on which teams to lean on when making a wager.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know about gambling on the upcoming ACC Tournament.
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The Favorite: Duke -170
Duke isn't a terrible play, even if you have to risk a bit to get some semblance of a respectable payout by betting on the Blue Devils.
The fact remains that this team is undefeated with star senior Ryan Kelly in the lineup and they have been dominant since his return from a foot injury three games ago.
In that time period, Duke knocked out then-No. 5 Miami (behind Kelly’s 36 points in a triumphant return), destroyed Virginia Tech and obliterated the rival UNC Tar Heels in the season finale.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is once again presiding over one of the most talented teams in the nation, with a great rotation and mix of youth and experience.
It’s going to be tough for anyone to knock out Duke, and we don’t see the program being tested until the finals.
The X-Factor: NC State +450
Which team do you think will win the ACC Tournament?
The Wolfpack were ranked No. 6 in the preseason polls and were a favorite to win the conference before having an up-and-down 2012-13 campaign.
Regardless, the talent is here and this team could get hot at the right time to bring home an improbable ACC Championship. C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown lead a unit that has the pieces in place to make a run in this event, which helps that they earned the No. 5 seeding.
NC State has drawn a weak V-Tech team to open the tourney and then faces Virginia in the second round if they are able to advance. After that, it’s likely to play No. 1-seeded Miami in the semifinals, a team that is certainly beatable.
In fact, the Wolfpack only lost to the Hurricanes on a last-second buzzer beater and could have easily overcome them in their Feb. 2 meeting. Don’t sleep on them getting revenge and making a run to the finals.
They are getting some great odds here at +450 and wouldn’t be a bad bet at all, unlike this next team.
The Bad Bet: North Carolina +500
UNC may have finished with the No. 3 seed in the ACC, but will not be able to capitalize with a deep tournament push.
The Tar Heels await the winner of Clemson vs. Florida State in the second round, with neither promising to roll over—especially against the small lineup that coach Roy Williams has had to deploy in order to get some offense out of this group.
Should they advance, North Carolina would likely match up with Duke—with the chances of winning that one looking slim to none.
The Blue Devils absolutely annihilated UNC on its home court in the season finale, 69-53, and took care of business against the Tar Heels at home on Feb. 13.
It’s simply a bad matchup for North Carolina and the team will be going home in the semis at best.
Seeds and Vegas Odds to Win 2013 ACC Tournament
*Betting lines courtesy of TopBet.com.
1. Miami (FL): +180
2. Duke: -170
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