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ACC Tournament Betting Picks: Friday 3/15/24

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
ACC Tournament Betting Picks: Friday 3/15/24

Selection Sunday is right around the corner as conference tournaments are nearing a conclusion ahead of the NCAA Tournament. Winning a respective conference tournament earns a team an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament, making the outcome of each contest vital in the grand scheme of things.

The semifinals of the ACC Tournament are set to take place on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. ET at the Capital One Arena. The first game will be a matchup between the Pittsburgh Panthers and North Carolina Tar Heels, which will be followed by a game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Virginia Cavaliers.

Ahead of tip off for the first game, let's take a look at the college basketball odds on FanDuel Sportsbook to determine the best bets for the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday.

All NCAA basketball odds via FanDuel Sportsbook. Lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published.

ACC Tournament Betting Picks

#4 Pittsburgh vs. #1 North Carolina, 7 p.m. ET

North Carolina -7.5 (-118)

The Panthers took care of business on Thursday, defeating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 81-69, to advance to the semifinals of the conference tourney. Pittsburgh got 50 combined points from Blake Hinson (18.9 PPG) and Ishmael Leggett (12.5 PPG) while they converted nine of their 23 three-points attempts and 48% of their shots from the field.

According to Bart Torvik's bracketology, the Panthers are one of the first teams out in the NCAA Tournament right now, but winning the ACC Tournament will secure them an appearance in the big dance. The strengths for Pittsburgh are their ability to keep possessions alive -- with the 86th-most offensive rebounds per game (11.50) -- and the fact they make the 19th-most threes per game (9.6).

Despite those being positives for the Panthers, it may not help them against the top-seeded Tar Heels on Friday. With Armando Bacot (13.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG) patrolling the paint, North Carolina tallies the ninth-most defensive rebounds per game (29.0), and they are also holding teams to the 38th-worst three-point percentage (31.1%).

The Tar Heels got a chance to rest RJ Davis (21.0 PPG) and Bacot -- among other starters -- in the second half of Thursday's lopsided 92-67 victory over the Florida State Seminoles.

In the lone meeting between Pittsburgh and North Carolina this season, the Tar Heels out-rebounded the Panthers, 46-34, and Pittsburgh made only five of their 29 three-point attempts in a 70-57 win for North Carolina. Even though the Panthers desperately need a win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, there's a reason the Tar Heels are the team with the sixth-shortest odds to win the National Championship (+2000).

#10 NC State vs. #3 Virginia, 9:30 p.m. ET

NC State +2.5 (-102)

Are the Wolfpack destined for a spot in the ACC Championship Game? We've seen plenty of teams make improbable runs in conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament, and North Carolina State has the makeup of a squad that could be heating up at the perfect time.

It'll be tough for the Wolfpack to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament without winning the ACC Tournament, so winning their fourth consecutive game in the tourney is a must. While the Cavaliers are a stingy, defensive-minded team, they are beatable due to their lack of offensive firepower.

Virginia produces the seventh-fewest points per game (63.5) while NC State has tallied 74-plus points in each of their first three games in the conference tourney, including in Thursday's 74-69 upset win over the Duke Blue Devils.

These teams aren't far apart in KenPom's ratings. The Cavaliers sit as the No. 63 team with the sixth-best adjusted defensive efficiency (93.3). Meanwhile, the Wolfpack come in at No. 67 with the 59th-best adjusted offensive efficiency (113.9).

After missing the first-round contest against the Louisville Cardinals, NC State's leading scorer -- DJ Horne (16.8 PPG) -- has returned to action, logging 16-plus points off the bench in back-to-back games. Virginia and North Carolina State met twice this season, with the Wolfpack winning, 76-60, in the first meeting, and overtime being needed in a 59-53 victory for the Cavaliers in the second matchup.

While the Cavaliers are also a bubble team right now, the Wolfpack should keep this game close or even win outright. Virginia is 7-8 against the spread (ATS) away from home, and NC State has covered the spread in back-to-back contests.


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