Major conference tournaments are getting underway this week in college basketball. If you're looking to get down on some March Madness action prior to the Big Dance next week, conference tournaments are a great way to find some value. You might be wondering where you can get down with action like this, and the answer is many books offer great values. If you have multiple books that offer conference tournament betting, it's also an easier way to find the best value. Many teams on the bubble have a chance to make a better case for a tournament bid or could potentially play their way out. Let's take a look at the ACC Tournament, which gets underway on Thursday afternoon.
North Carolina is a heavy favorite to win the ACC Tournament. This is presumably because of the way they bashed in Duke last Saturday and probably should have beaten the Blue Devils twice this season. Opening round games for the ACC Tournament are scheduled to take place on Thursday. The first game of the tournament will be between Maryland and Wake Forest with a noon start time on Thursday. The Tar Heels are a heavy favorite in the tournament based on odds from 5Dimes. Here are the odds for the ACC Tournament odds:
North Carolina -170Duke +300 Florida State +850 Virginia +1200 NC State +3000 Miami, FL +3300 Clemson +7500 Virginia Tech +20000 Georgia Tech +50000 Wake Forest +60000 Boston College +100000
The betting numbers are based upon the given team winning the tournament OUTRIGHT. For example, if you wanted to win $100 on North Carolina you would have to wager $170 because they are such a heavy favorite. If you were to wager any many on the other teams your return would be much higher than your original bet. If you bet on Duke to win the tournament and they were to win, your return would be three times larger than your original bet. Boston College is currently 100/1 (+100000) to win the ACC tournament, which essentially means they have zero chance to win. Some might look at the odds for a team like that and want to take a shot based on winning a lot of money, but those odds are high for a reason.
The first day of TV coverage for the ACC Tournament will be shown live on ESPN2. As mentioned earlier, Wake Forest and Maryland will play in the opening game at noon. You can tell that the teams with massive odds have to play on the opening day of the tournament and thus would have to play (and win) on four consecutive days to win the tournament. Not a very good chance of that happening. NC State will take on Boston College in the second game of the day, while Clemson and Virginia Tech will be the third game played. Miami will take on Georgia Tech in the fourth and final game of the tournament. Based on those eight teams, NC State has the best chance to win, based on the odds.
However, with such a heavy favorite in North Carolina at -170, it's hard to believe that anyone other than them will be getting the automatic bid from the conference. There is some value in teams like Duke (3/1) and Florida State (8.5/1) to potentially win the tournament, but remember the tournament is played in Atlanta now, so there won't be a huge in-state fan base for the Tar Heels the way it used to be when the tournament was played in Greensboro. I think the Duke Blue Devils are worth a good look to win the tournament at 3/1. They have proven they can beat North Carolina, but have also proved the Heels can beat them pretty good as well. I think a third matchup between these two clubs is on the horizon.
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