With the 2015-16 NCAA Basketball Season winding down we still have in many conferences the conference championships to be decided this week prior to the upcoming March Madness Tournament that begins on the 16th of March 2016. So starting this Tuesday the 8th of February thru the Saturday the 12th of February we have the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
In this ACC Tournament the top 4 seeds are No. 4 Virginia, No. 7 Miami, No. 8 North Carolina and Notre Dame all have earned byes taking them directly to the ACC Quarterfinals in this tournament. While No. 17 Duke who at the end was in 5th place, and will have to start at the beginning in their quest for this title. Now it will be interesting to see if the underdogs can pull off some upsets in this tournament.
With that said let’s take a look, starting with the favorites and more in this 2016 ACC Tournament.
We start with the North Carolina Tar Heels who appear ready for the task and they come in at favorite odds of +185 and are expected to win finishing their season with a 14-4 record in the ACC. Presently North Carolina ranks 9th in scoring in the nation with some 83.9 points each game and that is created with their 42.6 rebounds each game. If they can continue performing on rebounds as they have in the past they will be hard to beat.
Next is the Virginia Cavaliers with odds at +210 and the 4th ranked team came up short for the title in the regular season, however they still have the spirit to come out on top.
They have a great defense that has only allowed opponents to score some 58.7 points each, and for that reason they are a team that could easily take this title. They also have a star player in M. Brogdon who for the 1st time in the history of the ACC he won both the player of the year and the defensive player in this 2015-16 seasons. A senior guard Brogdon is prepared to continue his stellar performances as in their ultimate 5 games he has averaged some 22.4 each game.
The come the Duke Blue Devils at +450 whom as you know lost their final season game with to the North Carolina Tar Heels, so now the team will need the star duo of G. Allen who has averaged some 21.6 points each game, and B. Ingram who is averaging some 16.8 points each game to give top performances so the team can continue their offensive average of points scored each game at 82.3.
Defensively the Blue Devils have struggled as of late and especially since they lost their star defensive player A. Jackson who was lost for this season, and thus they have allowed 72.1 each game, and if they are to go forward in this ACC Tournament their defense has to have some great games as they face powerful teams.
Then we have the Syracuse Orange who is considered a sleeper at +1,800 and a team that lost their last 2 regular season games to FSU and North Carolina, but they still believe they can overcome and win this ACC Title. The reason is because they have some talented players that can score from anywhere at any time in a game, and they have a duo of M. Richardson who averages 17.8 and M. Gbinije who has averaged some 13.3 points each game.
In their last 3 games Gbinije has 24 points and 6 -3 pointers and against NC state this season he completed 11 of his 18 attempts for some 34 points in the game on the 27th of Feb. 2016.
Last but not least we have the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets who are considered the long shots at +10,000 and are a team that will give it their all to overcome the odds of winning this ACC Title.
Yes, the Yellow Jackets are full of steam as they come into this tournament as they enter this ACC Title race winning 5 of their ultimate 6 games. Their last win was 63-59 over Pittsburgh when their duo of N. Jacobs and A. Smith had 43 points and 9 rebounds combined, and their leading point scorer in M. Hunt at 16.8 each game to date. If the Yellow Jackets and their stars have some breakout performances this is a team that is capable of creating upsets.
The online betting prediction for this ACC Title run will see the Virginia Cavaliers performing at their best to win this ACC Championship and move on to March Madness.