ACC Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2021
- After its cancellation in 2020, the ACC Tournament is back, and there will be fans in attendance!
- The winners of the 2019 ACC Tournament was Duke University, who went on to win their 21st ACC Tournament title.
- Florida State and Virginia are neck-and-neck in the odds table to win the conference!
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The ACC Tournament, also known as the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all fifteen schools representing the conference. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
When Is the 2021 ACC Conference Tournament?
The 2020-2021 ACC Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2021, and run through 13th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on the COVID-19 protocol.
Where Is the 2021 ACC Tournament Being Held?
The 2021 ACC Tournament is being held in Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro Coliseum, a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to the UNC Greensboro Spartans, Greensboro Swarm, and Carolina Cobras, will be the location where the tournament will be hosted.
The arena can fit 23,500 people and has hosted events from hockey to basketball, to Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. The 2021 ACC Tournament was initially scheduled to be held at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was moved to Greensboro and Capital One Arena will host the tournament in 2024.
On February 25th it was announced that the ACC basketball tournaments would be welcoming a limited number of spectators at the venue.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 ACC Tournament?
The 2021 ACC Tournament will be broadcasted on ESPN, ESPN2, and the ACC Network.
Live streaming will be available on ESPN and ACC Network companion applications, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
Favorites to Win the 2021 ACC Tournament
Florida State Seminoles
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— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) February 27, 2021
The Florida State Seminoles are one of the strongest teams in the ACC this year. With a 10-3 record in conference play, as well as a 4-1 record out of conference, the Seminoles have dominated on the way to their 11th rank in the country.
The Seminoles have the best point differential in the ACC, beating their opponents by 9.5 points per game. They rank first in the ACC in field goals, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, blocks, personal fouls, and points. They’re also tremendous defensively, ranking first in field goal percentage allowed and two-point field goal percentage allowed. Head coach Leonard Hamilton has a disciplined team on both ends of the court.
Florida State are empowered by the performances of freshman guard Scottie Barnes. At 6’9, 227 lbs Barnes is one of the most unique players in the country this season. His two-way play is fantastic, drawing comparisons to the great Magic Johnson. Don’t sleep on Florida State’s upperclassmen though, M.J. Walker and Raiquan Gray have been pacing the Seminoles’ offense through their inside-outside play.
— Virginia Men’s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) February 25, 2021
Florida State may be leading in the AP Polls and the conference, but the Virginia Cavaliers are right on their tail. Tony Bennett’s side has worked their way to a 15-6 record while going 11-4 against ACC competition.
The Cavaliers are an efficient offensive team that also look to dominate you on the defensive side. Tony Bennett’s side loves to slow the pace, forcing opponents to a conference-best 51.9 field goal attempts per game. Don’t take their offense for granted though, the Cavaliers are third in overall field-goal percentage and second in three-point field goal percentage. To say they work for good shots is an understatement!
Two tremendous players in the frontcourt pace Virginia. Sam Hauser has proven himself to be a dangerous scoring threat after redshirting last season, while Jay Huff has taken massive strides in his senior season by averaging career-highs across the board. They don’t knock the socks off of scouts, but their reliability and consistency are massive factors in the Cavaliers’ success.
2021 ACC Tournament Dark Horse
Virginia Tech Hokies
— Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball (@HokiesMBB) February 28, 2021
The Hokies are a very capable team with a wealth of young talent. They are 15-5 overall with a 9-4 record against ACC competition. They are ranked right behind the Cavaliers in the AP Polls, mostly due to their tremendous defensive side.
You wouldn’t call Virginia Tech a prolific offensive team, ranking right in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories. Their grit and effort do translate to their attack though, as they are fourth in the conference in free-throw attempts with 18 per game. On the defensive end is where they shine through. Fifth in two-point field goal percentage allowed, third in three-point field goal percentage allowed, and third in total rebounds allowed, the Hokies are built for single-elimination basketball.
The Hokies don’t have any players on most 2021 NBA Mock Draft boards, but that doesn’t mean they lack impressive players. After transferring from Wofford, big man Keve Aluma has been tremendous for head coach Mike Young. He’s more than doubled his scoring per game to 15.9, leading his team in rebounds per game with 8.0, while also adding a three-point shot to his game, which he converts at a 37% clip.
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