Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:00 PM
Tuesday's ACC Tip Sheet
Tuesday night’s doubleheader of college basketball betting action on ESPN features a pair of matchups in the ACC.
The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils will be on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to start the night. In a heated in-state rivalry between a pair of ranked teams, the No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels travel crosstown to Raleigh to tangle with the No. 18 North Carolina State Wolfpack.
No. 1 Duke at Wake Forest (ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Duke -21.5, Total 158
Duke faced Clemson at home in Saturday’s ACC opener and it covered a hefty 15-point spread with an 87-68 victory that went OVER 151 points. The Blue Devils have covered against the spread in their last four games and the total had stayed UNDER in their previous six outings. They are 12-1 straight-up overall with a 9-4 record ATS. Freshman forward Zion Williamson connected on nine of his 11 shots for a game-high 25 points against Clemson. He also pulled down 10 rebounds while highlighting his performance with a 360-degree dunk.
The Demon Deacons slipped to 7-6 SU with a 6-7 record ATS after coming up well short against Georgia Tech in their conference opener on Saturday. They were on the wrong end of a 92-79 loss as 7 ½-point underdogs. This was Wake Forest’s third SU loss in its last four games. It returns home for Tuesday night’s contest at 3-4 ATS in seven previous home games this season. Freshman forward Jaylen Hoard was coming off his best game this season after scoring 23 points with 15 rebounds in last Wednesday’s 22-point win against Cornell. He put up 19 points against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
-- The Blue Devils have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 ACC games and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in nine of their last 11 games following a SU win.
-- The Demon Deacons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games played at home.
-- The home team in this matchup has covered the spread in 24 of the last 34 meetings and the total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings at Wake Forest.
No. 15 North Carolina at No. 18 North Carolina State (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: N.C. State -2, Total 173.5
With Saturday’s 85-60 victory on the road against Pittsburgh as 9 ½-point favorites, the Tar Heels improved to 5-1 SU and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games. The lone loss was an eight-point setback against Kentucky on Dec. 22 as 2 ½-point favorites at home. North Carolina is 11-3 SU with a 8-4-2 record ATS. The total stayed UNDER 157 points in Saturday’s win and it has stayed UNDER in five of North Carolina’s last six games. Senior guard Cam Johnson leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and he put up 15 points against the Panthers as one of three starters in double figures.
The Wolfpack opened their ACC schedule last Thursday night with an 87-82 victory against Miami as three-point road favorites. This was their seventh SU win in a row and they boosted their record to 7-1 ATS over their last eight games. NC State 13-1 SU overall with a profitable 10-3 record covering the closing number. The lone loss was to Wisconsin on Nov. 27. The Wolfpack are averaging 89.2 PPG behind a roster that has four players scoring at least 11 points a game. Senior guard Torin Dorn is leading the way with 14.5 points and junior guard Markell Johnson (12.4 points) is connecting on 50.9 percent of his three-point attempts.
-- The Tar Heels have covered in four of their last five games against a team with a SU winning record and the total has stayed UNDER in five if their last six conference games.
-- The Wolfpack are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a SU winning record on the road and the total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 14 home games.
-- The favorite has covered in four of the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in six of the last seven meetings at NC State.