The Duke basketball team is the betting favorite to win the ACC Tournament.
It is not strange to see the Duke basketball program as the favorites to win the ACC Tournament but this year feels a little awkward.
The No. 21 Blue Devils have flown under the radar for about two months after injuries cause the beginning part of conference play to be a struggle.
Jon Scheyer’s team cracked the Associated Press Top-25 Poll for the first time in nearly seven weeks on Monday afternoon after ending the regular season on a six game winning streak, and an egregious blown call away from making that winning streak seven in a row.
Duke is healthy and playing its best basketball of the season entering the postseason, which begins for the five-time National Champions on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
The Blue Devils earned a double-bye in the conference tournament because of its win over North Carolina on Saturday night, as well as help from other teams around the league.
Despite being the No. 4 seed, the odds are in Duke’s favor to cut the nets down in Greensboro on Saturday night.
WynnBET’s college basketball odds list the Blue Devils as a +290 favorite to win the ACC Tournament while Miami, the No. 1 seed, is the third choice at +340.
Duke basketball hoping history on its side in Greensboro
Duke split its matchups with the Hurricanes this season, each team winning on its home floor, but Miami handled the Blue Devils in Coral Gables, 81-59, less than 48 hours after a victory over the Tar Heels inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Virginia, the No. 3 seed, is the second choice to win the ACC at +310 after narrowly escaping Duke with the help of the referees in overtime in Charlottesville and losing its only matchup with Miami — albeit back in late December.
North Carolina is the No. 7 seed in the ACC Tournament and odds makers can envision the Tar Heels making a run in Greensboro to try and cement its NCAA Tournament position as +650 odds to win the conference.
Duke will tipoff against either Pittsburgh or Georgia Tech on Thursday afternoon (2:30p.m. ET, ESPN or ESPN2).