ACC Thursday Betting
The ACC tournament tipped off today and there are some intriguing games even with the lower seeds.
N.C. State (+1.5) vs. Maryland – 7 pm ET
Both N.C. State and Maryland arrive at the Georgia Dome after a bumpy season. N.C. State (6-10, 10-5-1 ATS) lost four of their last six ACC affairs, including one to Maryland.
The Wolfpack are the 10th seed and are hoping for some of the same magic they made two seasons ago. In 2007, they were a #10 seed and caught fire, riding it all the way to the ACC title game before losing to North Carolina.
Maryland (7-9, 8-8 ATS) was having a very average season until they caught everyone’s attention in upsetting North Carolina at home in overtime 88-85 on February 21st. Since the upset though, they are 1-3 straight-up and ATS.
The Terps wouldn’t even be a seventh seed except for point guard Greivis Vasquez, having frequently been asked to carry the load for a team light on talent in a conference of this quality.
Virginia (+4.5) vs. Boston College – 9:20 pm ET
In the first day finale, Boston College will try to surpass 11th seeded Virginia. The Eagles look solid for making the field of 65 on Sunday, but one more win will give them a greater level of comfort.
Boston College (9-7, 7-9 ATS) already has resume building wins over North Carolina and Duke. Tyrese Rice and Rakim Sanders give the Eagles exceptional backcourt play and B.C. is 25-10 ATS after a game where they made 20% of their three-point shots or worse.
It has been another dismal campaign for Virginia with just four wins (8-8 ATS) in the ACC. The Cavaliers are only 9-23 the last two seasons in conference play, their worst two year stretch in a decade. Virginia is also only 1-9 away from home (6-4 ATS).
It’s rather easy to make a case that Virginia is the worst team in the ACC, finishing last in field-goal percentage (41.8) and field-goal percentage defense (43.8). To complete the inept trifecta, they were last in three point shooting at 31.1%.
Virginia also has just a 17-30 ATS record in March. The victor draws Duke Friday night.