College Basketball Betting Trends- An Early Look at the ACC Futures Odds
The ACC ended the 2012/2013 men’s basketball season with only two teams ranked in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, but the addition of both Syracuse and Pittsburgh for the upcoming season adds a bit more firepower to the 15-team lineup.
The following is an early look at some of the top contenders in the ACC along with Bovada’s current odds for each to win a national title in 2014.
Duke Blue Devils- 10/1
The Blue Devils were the class of the ACC last season with a trip to the Elite 8 against Louisville and a final ranking of No. 5 in the nation. As a perennial favorite to not only win the conference but a national title as well, Duke comes into the 2013/2014 season with high expectations that it will accomplish both. Perimeter shooting will not be an issue for this team, but it will miss Mason Plumlee underneath. A couple of new faces to watch this season include top recruit Jabari Parker at small forward and guard Andre Dawkins, who missed the entire 2012/2013 season. All told, when you look at the starting five along with some of the players that will be coming off the bench it is easy to see why Coach K’s team is the third-favorite to win it all this year after Kansas and Kentucky.
North Carolina Tar Heels- 16/1
The Tar Heels chances to rise to the top of the ACC this season hinge of the playing status of their leading scorer PJ Hairston. In late July he was suspended from the team indefinitely due to a reckless driving charge. If he is reinstated before the start of the season then North Carolina would have a legitimate shot at upending Duke this season, but if he cannot get his act together and this situation drags into conference play in the New Year, this now becomes a middle-of-the-road team in the conference.
Syracuse Orange- 28/1
The Orange were another Elite 8 team from last season and with an overall record of 30-10 ranked third in the country in the final poll. Jim Boeheim enters the ACC with enough talent to seriously contend for not only the conference title but a national title has well. Syracuse could have the best front court in the ACC this season with the return of CJ Fair and it will have the distinct advantage of the element of surprise as one of the new kids on the block through its unique use of Boeheim’s patented zone defense.
A mass exodus of talent from last year’s squad including CJ Leslie, Lorenzo Brown and Rodney Purvis would send most programs into a complete rebuilding mode, but the excellent recruiting skills of Mark Gottfried should allow the Wolfpack to quickly reload heading into this season. Look for TJ Warren to step up his game this season and incoming freshman Anthony Barber to make an immediate impact at point guard.
Pittsburgh Panthers- 66/1
The Panthers begin play in the ACC with a couple of major holes to fill from last season’s team that went 24-9. Gone is point guard Tray Woodall and center Steven Adams. The overall team is still talented enough to make some noise in its new conference and should win enough quality games to gain a favorable seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The odds for a few of the other teams in the ACC include Virginia at 66/1, Florida State at 75/1, Miami and another new entry Notre Dame at 100/1 and Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia Tech at 250/1.
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