Three weeks before college football’s regular season wraps up in late November, college basketball gets underway with a busy week from Nov. 6-10. ACC games this week include Radford at North Carolina and Dartmouth at Duke on Monday night.
ACC Basketball futures odds are available below.
ACC Basketball 2023-24 Futures Odds
The usual suspects — Duke, UNC, and Virginia — are once again oddsmakers’ favorites entering the season. Last year’s regular season co-champs alongside Virginia, the Miami Hurricanes, have slightly longer odds than the third-favorite Cavaliers.
After either UNC or Virginia (or both, in ’18-19) won the ACC regular season every year from ’13-14 through ’18-19, the ACC has had a different regular season champ each of the last four years: Florida State in ’19-20, Virginia in ’20-21, Duke in ’21-22, and Miami/Virginia last year.
ACC Basketball Favorites: Duke, North Carolina & Virginia
Duke Blue Devils
Duke has high expectations entering Year 2 under coach Jon Scheyer. The Blue Devils were solid last year during the regular season, with a 14-6 record in the ACC and a third-place finish. They followed that up by winning the ACC Tournament, and this year’s team is considered one of the best in the country — it’s No. 2 in the AP preseason poll, and oddsmakers list Duke as to win the national title and to make the Final Four.
Scheyer and Duke return plenty of talent from last year, including four starters, led by All-American Kyle Filipowski. The Devils’ freshman class features three five-star players and was ranked No. 2 by ESPN.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Heels are coming off a rare season that did not end with an NCAA Tournament appearance. Last year, following a run to the NCAA Championship Game in ’21-22, second-year coach Hubert Davis’ team finished in seventh in the league with a record of 11-9. Carolina is expected to be much better this season, though, thanks to the return of both veteran big man Armando Bacot and guard RJ Davis.
The Heels addressed one of last year’s team’s biggest flaws, poor outside shooting, via the transfer portal. Both Cormac Ryan (Notre Dame) and Harrison Ingram (Stanford) are solid from 3-point range, and their additions are expected to make UNC a contender in this year’s conference title race.
Tony Bennett’s team has been as consistently good in the regular season as any team in the country in recent years, and it once again won the ACC regular season (along with co-champ Miami) last year. The Cavaliers bowed out of the NCAA tournament with an excruciating first-round loss to 13-seed Furman, but they’re expected to be solid again in ’23-24 despite losing most of last year’s roster.
Virginia will be led by experienced guard Reece Beekman and a group of transfers and freshmen, with NBA prospect Ryan Dunn expected to take a big step forward after playing limited minutes last season.
ACC Basketball Longshots: Miami & Clemson
The Canes followed their impressive regular season with a run to the Final Four last year. Isaiah Wong led one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country, but with Wong and Miller now in the NBA, the Hurricanes have big shoes to fill. Miami does return three starters from last year’s team in Nijel Pack, Norchad Omier, and Wooga Poplar. The Canes will miss Wong and Miller, but coach Frank Larranaga has taken this team to back-to-back Elite Eights, and it should once again contend for the ACC title.
Clemson was one of six teams that finished with 12 ACC wins or more last year, but the Tigers (23-11, 14-6 ACC) did not reach the NCAA Tournament. Entering 2023-24, oddsmakers are down on every ACC team besides Duke, UNC, Virginia, and Miami. Clemson returns star big man PJ Hall, and the Tigers bolstered their roster in the offseason by adding sharpshooter Joe Girard III from Syracuse and lengthy wing Jack Clark from NC State. Those three make Clemson an interesting team to consider if you’re looking to wager on anyone outside of oddsmakers’ top ACC contenders.
Preseason expectations for ’23 NCAA Tournament teams NC State and Pittsburgh are low entering the season.