It all comes down to Saturday night in the championship game of the ACC Tournament. The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers have both won two games in two days to reach the final. Now, this Duke vs Virginia contest will decide who wins this year’s conference crown, along with which team is given a huge seeding bump for running through this tournament unscathed.
Duke vs Virginia Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Duke -2.5|
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This game will be played at Greensboro Coliseum at 8:30 PM ET on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Why Bet on Duke:
✅ Duke has been operating on another level offensively during this tournament. They have averaged 90.5 points per game in their two ACC Tournament contests, and they will solve the Virginia defense to win this title.
✅ Virginia won the lone regular season meeting between these teams this year. But that game was held in Charlottesville, and Duke will have a much more friendly crowd backing it in North Carolina for this contest.
Duke Blue Devils: Looking to Complete Remarkable Turnaround
The Duke Blue Devils beat the Miami Hurricanes to reach the ACC championship game on Friday night. The game was close throughout, but Duke pulled away late with poise on offense and some solid defense. But they will need more than poise on offense if they want to breach the defense of the Virginia Cavaliers.
Forward Kyle Filipowski has been on fire for the Blue Devils during this conference tournament. He has averaged 19.5 points per game in Duke’s two wins this week over Pitt and Miami. Another big game from Filipowski could be just what Duke needs to complete their transformation from mid-season bubble team to ACC champion.
Virginia Cavaliers: Does Defense Win Conference Championships?
The Virginia Cavaliers have decimated the NCAA Tournament hopes of two conference rivals over the last two days. First, they ended the tournament hopes of the North Carolina Tar Heels, then followed that up by dealing a devastating blow to the tournament hopes of the Clemson Tigers. While they can’t eliminate Duke from tournament contention, they can win a conference title on Saturday night.
Virginia’s defense has been at its brutal best during the ACC Tournament. They have allowed 57.5 points per game to teams playing for their tournament lives. While Duke will be harder to contain on defense, the Cavaliers have proven themselves more than capable with the way they have played in Greensboro.