2013 ACC Conference Tournament Odds Preview and Picks
When it comes to college basketball, no other conference gets more attention than the one that runs down tobacco road. The Athletic Coast Conference also known as the ACC has some of the best basketball teams and coaches in the country. These teams will face off this week as the ACC tournament gets underway.
The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro North Carolina will host the tournament this season with the first round tipping off on March 14th. The quarterfinals will begin on March 15th with the semifinals taking place on March 16th. The new ACC champion will be crowned on March 16th live on ESPN. Last season the North Carolina Tar Heels won the regular season title with the Florida State Seminoles winning the conference championship.
This year there is one clear cut favorite to win it all and that is the Duke Blue Devils (-140). The odds changed drastically when the Blue Devils pounded their rivals, the Tar Heels, in the regular season finale. Miami Florida (+180) and the North Carolina State Wolfpack (+450) are the next closest teams with a chance to win it all.
As far as sleepers go, the ACC has plenty of teams that can surprise. The North Carolina Tar Heels (+500) may have lost badly to Duke in the finale, but they are still playing some of the best basketball in the conference. With one of the best coaches in the country and plenty of talent the Tar Heels should be considered a dangerous squad. Other sleepers to consider include Virginia (+800) and if you are looking for a long shot the Boston College Eagles (+5000) have a wing and a prayer.
Although the Tar Heels and other teams can make some noise, this tournament belongs to Duke. Since getting Ryan Kelly back in the lineup, this team has been unstoppable. Kelly is so important to this team the rest of the players bring their game to a new level. The Blue Devils have won five out of six coming into the tournament and are playing just as good as any team in the country.
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