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ACC Conference Tournament 2nd Round Betting Preview

Florida State hammered a pathetic Boston College squad, 88-66, and NC State squeaked past Wake Forest, 75-72, on Tuesday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The second round gets underway early on Wednesday and the action continues all day long.

Tournament being played at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

Syracuse Orange vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (-2, 133)

* Michael Gbinije, a senior who started his career at Duke, is averaging 17.6 points overall and shoots 40.1 percent from 3-point range. Freshman forward Tyler Lydon stepped up in the last four games, averaging 15 points and draining 22-of-39 from the field, while senior guard Trevor Cooney needs to find his shooting touch after going 5-for-30 from 3-point range in the same span.

* Michael Young leads the team in scoring (16.1), rebounds (7.1) and shoots 54 percent from the field, but will need help if the Panthers are going to make a splash in the postseason. James Robinson runs the show for Pittsburgh, averaging 10.4 points and standing second in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (4.37).

Betting Stats:

Syracuse – 19-12 SU, 15-15 ATS, 16-14 O/U
Pittsburgh – 20-10 SU, 12-15 ATS, 11-16 O/U

Trends:

* Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
* Panthers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
* Over is 10-1-1 in Orange last 12 neutral site games.
* Under is 9-0 in Panthers last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

N.C. State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils (OFF)

* Freshman Maverick Rowan made a career-best six 3-pointers in the first-round victory to score 24 and made at least two from beyond the arc in eight of the last nine games. Anthony Barber made only 7-of-21 from the field Tuesday, but dished out six assists and connected on all six attempts from the free-throw line where he is shooting 86.9 percent.

* Grayson Allen finished second in the league behind Barber in scoring at 21.5 per game and has averaged 25.2 in the last six contests while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range overall. Brandon Ingram has been a consistent force as well, posting 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds, and fellow freshman Luke Kennard scored 20 in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina.

Betting Stats:

N.C. State – 16-16 SU, 13-15-1 ATS, 17-12 O/U
Duke – 22-9 SU, 13-15-2 ATS, 12-18 O/U

Trends:

* Wolfpack are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
* Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
* Under is 13-3 in Blue Devils last 16 vs. Atlantic Coast.
* Over is 19-7-1 in the last 27 meetings.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Clemson Tigers (-1.5, 134)

* Senior guard Marcus Georges-Hunt leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 16.6 points, averaging 19.1 in his final eight games but shooting 6-of-24 from the field and 1-of-8 from 3-point range in the final two contests. A rare senior-laden squad, a quintet of Georgia Tech seniors have accounted for 76 percent of the team’s scoring.

* Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame earned first-team All-ACC honors and was selected the league’s most improved player, ranking third in the conference in scoring at 18.6 points (20.7 points in league play). Center Landry Nnoko led the ACC in blocked shots at 2.4 per contest, ranking 24th nationally.

Betting Stats:

Georgia Tech – 18-13 SU, 16-12-1 ATS, 12-17 O/U
Clemson – 17-13 SU, 15-11 ATS, 11-15 O/U

Trends:

* Yellow Jackets are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games.
* Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 4-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 games following a ATS win.
* Over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 neutral site games.

Florida St. Seminoles vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (OFF)

* The Seminoles display the third-best offense in the ACC, averaging 77.9 points per game – their highest total since 1992-93. Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley earned all-conference freshman honors, combining to average 31.3 points and 11 rebounds per contest. Bacon leads the team in scoring at 15.7 points and Beasley ranks second at 15.6.

* Junior forward Zach LeDay averages team highs in scoring (15.2 points) and rebounds (7.6), scoring 17.6 points per contest the past three days and earning all-conference honorable mention honors. Justin Bibbs shoots 48.7 percent from 3-point range, averaging 12.2 points per game and is five points shy of 1,000 for the season.

Betting Stats:

Florida St. – 19-12 SU, 12-14-1 ATS, 15-12 O/U
Virginia Tech – 18-13 SU, 16-9 ATS, 12-12-1 O/U

Trends:

* Seminoles are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
* Hokies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
* Over is 7-0 in Seminoles last 7 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 6-1 in Hokies last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.