Current ACC Basketball Conference Win Odds: Updated 02/25/21
|Florida State Seminoles||+300||+300|
|Virginia Tech Hokies||+10000||+500|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||+650||+500|
|Duke Blue Devils||+225||+1000|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||+3200||+4000|
|NC State Wolfpack||+8000||+6600|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||+4000||+6600|
|Boston College Eagles||+30000||+25000|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||+50000||+25000|
To call this a down year for the ACC would be generous. The odds are really spread out in this conference, even though the traditional blue-blood teams have all gone through plenty of ups and downs. The Duke Blue Devils spent a good portion of the regular season on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament, but a good run in February put them back on the bubble for most bracketologists.
North Carolina does not really have a tournament-worthy resume, but the Selection Committee will always try to find a way to put in the teams that carry a lot of interest and the Tar Heels certainly check that box more than other teams.
Some mid-major will get screwed by a mediocre ACC team on Selection Sunday. It’s inevitable.
It is not surprising to see Florida State and Virginia at the top of the board as things currently stand. Florida State is easily the conference’s most balanced team and Leonard Hamilton has actually answered a lot of questions that bettors and pundits had about his coaching prowess over the last few seasons. The Seminoles have not played as many games as some of the other teams in this league, so we’ll have to see how the seeding is done going into the conference tournament in Greensboro.
Florida State rolled over second favorite Virginia in the only meeting between the two teams. That came in Tallahassee on February 15 and Florida State won 81-60. You don’t want one game to carry too much weight, but FSU’s physicality was a lot for UVA’s pack line defense to handle.
Still, the Cavaliers are coached by one of the best in Tony Bennett and will be a dangerous and frustrating team to play against in March. Virginia’s defense is actually not quite as strong as it has been in past seasons, particularly at defending the three-point line, which is why a team like Duke or Georgia Tech could pull a shocker in the semis, depending on how the seeds play out.
Clemson falters late in the season on an annual basis, so even though Brad Brownell’s team has had a quality regular season showing, it doesn’t seem like it will be enough.
Reputation seems to be having a big impact on some of these odds, as a team like Louisville has not played well over the course of the season and has had limited reps in conference action relative to some of the other teams. Expect this price to go down throughout the early part of March, barring some sort of upset or two in a big game.
It looks like Florida State and Virginia are on a crash course here, which isn’t exciting, but that’s just the way it is.
ACC Conference History:
The Atlantic Coast Conference, or ACC, was established in 1953 and is one of the top conferences in NCAA Division 1 basketball. Perhaps Duke and North Carolina are the two most well-known teams in the conference. The Tar Heels have won the regular season championship a whopping 32 times while adding 18 ACC Tournament Championships and six NCAA Championships.
Those six NCAA Championships gives North Carolina the third-most NCAA championships behind Kentucky’s eight and UCLA’s 11. The Blue Devils have won the regular season race 19 times while claiming 21 ACC tournament championships. Duke has a total of five NCAA Championship titles which ties them with Indiana for the fourth-most NCAA tournament titles.
Virginia, Duke, and Florida State are the forerunners in the conference in 2021 and bookmakers have all three teams listed in their top-10 NCAA tournament favorites. ACC teams have combined for the most NCAA tournament championships with 17. The conference has won three of the past five NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments including Virginia in 2019. North Carolina took the honors in 2017 while Duke did it in 2015.
Win Count All-Time in the ACC Tournament