Duke Favored to Send Coach K Out a Winner

Duke forward Paolo Banchero past UNC's Armando Bacot

Duke forward Paolo Banchero (5) dribbles while North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The #4 Duke Blue Devils are the -125 odds-on favorites to win the ACC Tournament title
Duke has won the ACC Tourney 12 times since 1999
First-round action in the tournament got underway on Tuesday

Are the #4 Duke Blue Devils going to be sending head coach Mike Krzyzewski into the sunset of retirement as ACC Tournament champions? Or will the tradition of upsets in this event yet again rear its head and topple the form charts?

One of the most anticipated events of the sports season, the ACC Tournament draws eyes to it because it’s so unpredictable. The rich tradtion of ACC basketball, coupled with the depth of talented schools within the conference, make this tourney must-see TV.

Oddsmakers are liking the Coach K storyline to play out successfully. Duke is set as a solid -125 odds-on pick to win it all. The Blue Devils are at +1200 in the NCAA Tournament odds.

2022 Big Ten Tournament Odds

School
Odds

Duke
-125

North Carolina
+650

Miami
+1000

Notre Dame
+1000

Wake Forest
+1100

Virginia Tech
+1100

Virginia
+1600

Clemson
+5000

Florida State
+6000

Syracuse
+6000

Louisville
+6000

Boston College
+12500

Odds as of March 8th at Caesars Sportsbook. See the college basketball odds page for individual game odds. 

 

First-round play in the ACC Tournament got underway on Tuesday. Defending champion Georgia Tech has already been eliminated. The final is set for Saturday, March 12 at 8:30pm ET. It will be broadcast by ESPN.

Last Five ACC Tournament Winners

ACC Champion
Year

Georgia Tech
2021

Not Held
2020

Duke
2019

Virginia
2018

Duke
2017

North Carolina
2016

Blue Devils the Team to Beat

Duke is 26-5 this season, including a 16-4 ACC record, as they take the next step along Coach K’s farewell tour. He’ll be looking for his 16th ACC Tournament title as coach of the Blue Devils.

Top-seeded Duke gets a double bye to start the tourney. The Blue Devils won’t see game action until Thursday.  Duke is given +273 Final Four odds.

S/O to P5!! 2021-22 ACC Freshman of the Year!

🅿️ @Pp_doesit pic.twitter.com/CNKO9RdC8I

— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 7, 2022

Duke is the #1 offense in the ACC, averaging 80.4 points per game. The average winning margin of 14.4 posted by the Blue Devils also is leading the conference. Without the ball, Duke shows the ACC’s best field goal (.413) and 3-point field goal (.302) defense. They also boast an ACC-best assist/turnover ratio of 1.67.

Forward Paolo Banchero, the ACC Freshman of the Year, leads Duke in scoring with 17.1 ppg. Junior forward Wendell Moore Jr (13.1 ppg) is the only other Blue Devils player among the ACC’s top-25 scorers. Sophomore center Mark Williams shares the ACC lead with 2.5 blocked shots per game. He’s the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Tar Heels Are Rolling

North Carolina comes into the ACC tourney on a five-game winning streak. That was punctuated by a resounding regular-season ending 94-81 rout at Duke. The #25 Tar Heels are winners of seven of eight and 11 of 13. North Carolina is listed as the #12 seed in the West Region in SBD’s NCAA Tournament bracket projections.

“Everyone a savage until they face to face with one”. – Anonymous pic.twitter.com/2E4XXBLoIC

— Armando Bacot Jr. (@iget_buckets35) March 6, 2022

Junior forward Armando Bacot Jr (12.5 per game) is the conference’s top rebounder and leads in field goal percentage (.595).  Bacot also is seventh in ACC scoring with 16.6 ppg. North Carolina is the ACC’s top rebounding team (39.6 rpg).

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Plenty of ACC Value

The beauty of betting the ACC Tournament is that a case can be made for several teams as legitimate contenders. Besides North Carolina, the Miami Hurricanes (+1000), Florida State Seminoles (+6000) and Virginia Cavaliers (+1600) also own victories over the Blue Devils this season.

Miami leads the ACC in turnover margin (4.29) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.45). Virginia is the ACC’s #1 defense (60.4 ppg).

The stage is set. LET’S GO!!! #ACCMBB pic.twitter.com/HCGvvURzUJ

— ACC Men’s Basketball (@accmbb) March 8, 2022

The Syracuse Orange can put a very balanced offense on the floor that can score with any school. They’re fourth in the ACC in scoring offense (76.7 ppg). Junior guard Joseph Girard (.407) is the top 3-point shooter in the conference. Senior guard Buddy Boeheim (19.3 ppg) is the ACC’s leading scorer.

ACC Tournament Prediction

Duke’s path to the title game looks to be fairly clear. The Blue Devils will get the Florida State-Syracuse winner in the quarterfinals and then likely Miami in the semis.

TOURNEY TIME. 🏀

🏆: https://t.co/kvjWZzXTIv pic.twitter.com/ILOzKE4qzd

— ACC Men’s Basketball (@accmbb) March 6, 2022

The other side of the bracket looks wide open. North Carolina and Notre Dame have certainly already earned their March Madness invites. Other schools like Virginia Tech and Syracuse are going to need a tourney win and the accompanying automatic bid in order to get there.

Pick: Duke Blue Devils (-125)

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