College Basketball Betting – Can Maryland stop Duke again?

March Madness OddsMarch Madness betting players were treated to a great game on March 3rd in College Park, where Maryland defeated Duke, and these two would go on to share the regular-season title in the ACC. The Terrapins and Blue Devils are on a collision course for another epic battle in the finals of the ACC tournament, which Duke has won eight times since 1999.

The Blue Devils and Terrapins are rated at -200 and +280, respectively, and everyone will be looking for another meeting between the favorites for the ACC Player of the Year award, Greivis Vazquez of Maryland, and Jon Scheyer of Duke. These senior guards are the undisputed leaders of their team, but the Terrapins lean on Vazquez much more heavily. Scheyer, who was the MVP in last year’s ACC tournament, has reliable backup in Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, and the Blue Devils are second only to Florida State in terms of points allowed.

Speaking of the Seminoles, who are listed at +680 according to US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews), Florida State could be a big problem, literally. The Seminoles have Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton in the post, and this is a change from the rest of the conference who are heavy on their backcourt production. The Seminoles have problems with turnovers, and their guard play has taken a steep decline since Toney Douglas went to the NBA last year. Still, with their defense and an efficient offense that thrives on high-percentage shots, the Seminoles can’t be counted out.

Stay away from Wake Forest and North Carolina at +1200 and +1500, respectively, and no team has been more disappointing than the Tar Heels, who go from NCAA champions to possibly out of the postseason altogether, although they would stand a chance in the NIT if they get a couple of wins this week. These two are the worst defensive teams in the league, despite their talent, and that won’t fly in March.

Your best bets are the favorites, Duke and Maryland, to meet again in a rubber match as the Blue Devils thumped the Terrapins at home, but then fell 79-72 at Maryland in the last week of the season. The Blue Devils will have an edge in support as the tournament will be held in Greensboro, which is definitely closer to Duke than Maryland. Vazquez should get the Player of the Year award based on how much the Terrapins depend on him, but that may come back to bite them in this tournament as Scheyer and the Duke Blue Devils can get scoring from other players besides their star. Take Duke this week, and check out their 2010 March Madness odds.


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