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ACC Tournament Betting Picks: Thursday 3/14/24

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
ACC Tournament Betting Picks: Thursday 3/14/24

Conference tournaments are in full swing across college basketball right now, giving us an appetizer before the NCAA Tournament tips off. The second round of the ACC Tournament concluded on Wednesday, which sets up for an intriguing slate of games on Thursday.

There are four games scheduled to be played in the ACC Tournament on Thursday. The action will begin with a showdown between the Florida State Seminoles and North Carolina Tar Heels at 12 p.m. ET at the Capital One Arena.

By looking at the college basketball odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, let's discuss the best bets for the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Thursday.

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

ACC Tournament Betting Picks

#5 Wake Forest vs. #4 Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh ML (+116)

We have a matchup between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the ACC Tournament on Thursday when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Pittsburgh Panthers square off. The Demon Deacons defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 72-59 on Wednesday with Andrew Carr (13.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG) producing 12 points and 11 rebounds despite being in foul trouble.

Both Wake Forest and Pittsburgh are bubble teams for the NCAA Tournament, according to Bart Torvik's bracketology, so the outcome of this game is important. Even though the Demon Deacons got off to a solid start in the conference tourney, I'll back the Panthers on Thursday.

Pittsburgh has won 11 of their last 14 games, including impressive road wins over the Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers. Despite getting trounced by the Demon Deacons on the road on February 20th by the score of 91-58, the Panthers are entering this matchup in good form.

For Pittsburgh to advance in the ACC Tournament, they'll need Blake Hinson (18.8 PPG) and company to be effective from beyond the arc. The Panthers convert the 19th-most three-pointers per game (9.6) in the country, and they've made 10-plus three-pointers in five of their last 10 contests.

With Pittsburgh registering the 26th-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.53), they are primed to secure a win as slight underdogs on Thursday.

#10 NC State vs. #2 Duke, 7 p.m. ET

Under 148.5 (-110)

Ahead of their first game in the conference tourney, the Blue Devils are being given the second-shortest odds to win the ACC Tournament (+175). Duke's first game of the ACC Tournament will come against a North Carolina State Wolfpack squad that is playing their third game in as many days.

The Wolfpack have defeated the Syracuse Orange and the Louisville Cardinals to earn a shot to face the Blue Devils in the quarterfinals. Instead of taking the spread in this contest, we'll be siding with the under of 148.5 on Thursday.

With the Blue Devils running a lot of their offense through center Kyle Filipowski (16.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG), they operate at the 238th-fastest adjusted tempo (66.7), via KenPom's ratings. Duke is allowing the 51st-fewest points per game (67.2), and the under hit in the lone meeting between the Wolfpack and Blue Devils this season back on March 4th.

After getting swept by North Carolina in the regular-season finale, Duke is looking to make a statement in the ACC Tournament, and that begins on the defensive end. The Blue Devils are 8-2 to the under in their last 10 games, and they've hit the under in nine of their 13 games this season on the road or at a neutral site.

While NC State got DJ Horne (16.8 PPG) back on Wednesday, Duke's defense -- and lack of pace -- will be the difference in fewer than 149 points being scored in this contest.

#11 Boston College vs. #3 Virginia, 9:30 p.m. ET

Boston College +4.5 (-106)

Speaking of making a statement, the Boston College Eagles have cruised to double-digit wins over the Miami Hurricanes and the Clemson Tigers in their quest to win the conference tournament. Next up for the Eagles is the Cavaliers, who are a team that is entirely predicated on playing dominant defense each game.

When a team struggles to generate offense consistently -- and efficiently -- like Virginia does, they are always going to be on upset alert. The Cavaliers have only the 249th-best effective field-goal percentage (49.6%) while also recording the 193rd-best adjusted offensive efficiency (105.8).

Comparatively, the Eagles have the 82nd-best effective field-goal percentage (53.0%) and the 64th-best adjusted offensive efficiency (113.8). Even with their leading scorer -- Quinten Post (16.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG) -- tallying only 11 points against Clemson, Boston College still managed to win the game by 21.

Despite Virginia being 16-14-1 against the spread (ATS) compared to Boston College being 15-17-1 ATS, the Cavaliers are 6-8 ATS away from home. Meanwhile, the Eagles have covered the spread in four straight games entering Thursday's clash.

After suffering a four-point loss versus Virginia on February 28, Boston College can keep this game close enough -- or win the game outright -- to cover as 4.5-point underdogs.


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