The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament moves to New York City where it tips off at the Barclays Center on Tuesday with three first round games featuring six pretty good teams. Let’s look at the ACC Tournament seedings and futures odds and offer up both a tourney winner as well as a conference props pick.
ACC The Best - But Better Not Beat Each Other Up In The Conference Tournament
The ACC had half of the Elite Eight in last year's NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and that was in a down season so maybe we get a North Carolina-Louisville title game April 3? As many as a record-tying 11 ACC schools may make the Big Dance, but the experience and confidence from winning the ACC tourney is worth way more than the automatic berth. No one here needs a free pass into March's Madness.
On Tuesday, the conference's 15 schools gather at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to tip off play in the ACC Tournament, which runs from March 7-11. A recent Bracketology prediction from ESPN had nine ACC teams already amongst the theoretical 2017 NCAA Brackets' 68-team field with Clemson, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech all still on that bubble. Last year the ACC sent seven.
The ACC Tournament Bracket shows, North Carolina is the #1 seed, Florida State #2, Notre Dame #3 and Louisville #4 with all having byes until Thursday's Quarterfinals.
The power of the ACC is revealed in the 5-8 seeds with Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, with three strong, perceived Bubble teams playing in the First Round.
Odds To Win ACC Tournament (Seed order; BetOnline, March 5)
1—North Carolina +190
2—Florida State +650
3—Notre Dame +1200
7—Virginia Tech +4000
9—Miami (Fla) +3300
10—Wake Forest +4000
11—Georgia Tech +10000
13—North Carolina State +15000
15—Boston College +25000
ACC Tournament Futures Betting Approach
For at least the immediate time being, the ACC has restored itself as the top conference and the league's current pound-for-pound talent sits proudly on the shoulders of a historic reality of legendary coaches like Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski, not to mention the biggest rivalry in the sport in North Carolina and Duke. No team in this tourney playing four or more games will win the auto-berth with the logical winner having to only play in three (Quarters, Semis, Finals).
One difference between this year's ACC and other conferences is the majority of its members are likely already in the NCAA Tournament and really don't have to win—something to think about when betting Futures as well as the tournament's individual games.
So, ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson, Joel Berry II and the Tar Heels are appropriately priced and could end up in the Championship Game Saturday against Virginia, Notre Dame or Florida State—teams we canonized in our Bracket Busters assignment—if they can get by potential Semifinals opponent Louisville.