Perennial powerhouse in the realm of NCAA Basketball, the Duke Blue Devils, find themselves among the middle of the pack in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) just weeks before conference tournaments are set to begin.
Duke Basketball is has set the bar for excellence in college basketball over the past three decades, with routine qualification for the championship tournament that concludes each season.
To illustrate this point, the Blue Devils have not missed the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament since 1996, and that was largely due to head coach Mike Krzyzewski missing the final weeks of the season due to a medical situation.
The web’s top college basketball sportsbooks have produced betting lines for the upcoming Conference Tournaments that suggest Duke is a longshot to earn the automatic bid to March Madness that the ACC Tournament Title provides.
Below are some of the NCAAB Conference Tournament odds that have been posted thus far.
Odds To Win 2021 NCAAB Conference Tournaments
- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC): Florida State University (FSU) +275
- Mountain West Conference: San Diego State +145
- PAC-12 Conference: University of Southern California (USC) +175
- Southeastern Conference (SEC): University of Alabama +250
The Florida State Seminoles are positioned atop the ACC odds with a +275 money line. The Noles were poised to earn a 3 seed or better in the 2020 March Madness Tournament before the season was abruptly cancelled by COVID-19.
In 2021, FSU has rebounded with another solid squad and are the favorite to win the ACC once again and secure a top seed.
The ACC Tournament odds at Bovada feature a money line of +800 on Duke’s chances of earning an automatic bid to the NCAAB Championship Tournament, which means that if they win, each $100 bet on the Blue Devils will earn a cash payout of $800.
Duke has +7000 odds to win the 2021 Men’s Basketball National Championship, and they have an incredibly low probability of victory for good reason. They’ve been mediocre this season, and have shown no signs that they’ve got a title run left in the tank.
That huge money line has been offered by the best USA sportsbook sites in order to attract some attention towards Duke’s odds, because otherwise, no one would risk anything on their underwhelming efforts in 2021.
We’re merely recommending that bettors acknowledge these historically low odds on the Blue Devils and consider investing a dollar or two on their championship futures.
Duke just knocked off the top team in the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers, last night, so perhaps they are starting to build some momentum.
Source – CBS Sports