2018 College Basketball – ACC Conference Preview
Looking for 2018 ACC Conference NCAA Basketball Futures Odds and some great betting lines to get down on? The regular season begins this week and we’re breaking down the major power conferences to get you ready.
Handicapping 2018 ACC Conference College Basketball Futures Odds
The Favorites: Duke & North Carolina
Old news here. Duke was picked to win the ACC by the media in the preseason rankings. Of course, the Blue Devils were picked last season before their turbulent regular season. They came together in time for the Conference Tournament and won a classic against Virginia before floundering in the first weekend of the NCAA’s.
The Blue Devils will have a fresh look with only Grayson Allen returning from last year’s experienced core, plus Jayson Tatum. Allen will be joined by four five-star recruits, including Marvin Bagley III. Bagley, who was the top recruit in the class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, is the overwhelming favorite to win ACC Rookie of the Year.
In fact, he was voted to the Preseason ACC First Team.
Alongside Bagley on that First Team is UNC’s Joel Berry II, who was voted the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Players during North Carolina’s title run and he did that on two bad ankles. Berry is healthy again and should be flying the Tar Heels up and down the floor now that they are a little smaller and a little more perimeter oriented. They are the preseason pick to finish second to Duke in the conference.
On The Outside Looking In: Notre Dame, Miami, Louisville, Virginia
Notre Dame has the Preseason ACC Player of the Year in Bonzie Colson. He’s a senior averaged nearly 18 and 11 last season as a junior, including a stretch of 20+ points in eight of his last 12 games to close out a Notre Dame run that ended with a loss to West Virginia in a tight 4/5 matchup.
Miami was voted to finish fourth in the conference and was the last team to receive a first-place vote. That’s just what it was, a single vote to win the ACC. Miami once again has some talent but Jim Larranaga has the FBI breathing down his neck. He was subpoenaed for texts, emails, phone calls as part of an NCAA investigation. The ‘Canes return their second and third scorers from last year’s team.
Louisville actually has the next-best championship odds after Duke and North Carolina but we all know what happened with Rick Pitino this offseason. Luke Hancock is a little green to win the conference right now.
Virginia is the opposite. Tony Bennett is a fantastic coach but his Cavaliers have lost some talent that came in waves beginning about six years ago. UVA will probably finish better than sixth, however.
A Sleeper: Syracuse
Syracuse has been consistently under-seeded in preseason picks and in the NCAA Tournament for the last two seasons. They’ve been picked to finish 10th in the ACC with less talent then they’ve been used to following those NCAA punishments a couple of years ago. The fact remains that Jim Boeheim is a premier coach in the country and the system he runs with the players he recruits get results. SU is a quality sleeper, like it has been for the last two seasons.
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