Tournament to be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs Syracuse Orange (+1.5, 133.5)
ABOUT MIAMI (20-10 SU, 10-18 ATS, 9-18-1 O/U): With Ja’Quan Newton now coming off the bench, freshman guard Bruce Brown (11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists) has taken on more of a leadership role and become the team’s No. 2 scoring threat behind Davon Reed (15.3 points), who is coming off a 22-point performance against Florida State. The tournament will serve as a homecoming for senior forward Kamari Murphy (7.1 points, 7.5 rebounds), a Brooklyn native who has picked up his scoring recently and is the key to Miami’s interior defense. Freshman guard Dejan Vasiljevic (5.9 points) has been inconsistent from 3-point range all season but has been more aggressive offensively in recent games and did set his career high of 18 points by making six 3-pointers against Syracuse in Miami’s loss at the Carrier Dome.
ABOUT SYRACUSE (18-13 SU, 13-13 ATS, 17-7-2 O/U): Boeheim points to the ability of John Gillon (11 points, 5.5 assists) to get into the lane and make plays as the key to Syracuse’s offense. The point guard has plenty of options when he’s distributing the ball, with fellow graduate student Andrew White III (team-leading 17.9 points), Tyler Lydon (13.4) and freshman guard Tyus Battle (10.8) having combined to make 201 shots from 3-point range. Lydon leads the team in rebounding (8.3) and teams with 6-10 freshman forward Taurean Thompson (8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds) to provide an inside presence – a combined 72 blocked shots – as part of Syracuse’s famed 2-3 zone defense.
* Hurricanes are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
* Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games as an underdog.
* Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 overall.
* Over is 10-1-1 in Orange last 12 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils (OFF)
ABOUT CLEMSON (17-14 SU, 13-14-2 ATS, 16-13 O/U): Shelton Mitchell has been a different player over the last eight games – starting with a 23-point effort at Duke – averaging 16.1 over the stretch while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Senior forward Jaron Blossomgame continues to do his thing in the final games of his collegiate career – scoring at least 16 in six of his last seven contests – and leads the team overall at 17.5, but scored just seven at Duke. Sophomore forward Elijah Thomas (7.7 points), a transfer from Texas A&M, scored 10 on Tuesday and had a season-high 15 on 5-of-7 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds at Duke.
ABOUT DUKE (23-8 SU, 11-18-1 ATS, 13-16-1 O/U): Junior guard Grayson Allen is fighting through an ankle injury and scored 14 versus North Carolina on Saturday while senior forward Amile Jefferson (foot) had 12 after producing a double-double against Florida State. The Blue Devils are led by sophomore sharpshooter Luke Kennard, a first-team All-ACC pick, who scored 28 on Saturday to push his team-best average to 20.1. Freshman forward Jayson Tatum (16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds) is also a major threat and freshman guard Frank Jackson is averaging 17.7 points the last three games.
* Tigers are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Blue Devils are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.
* Under is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 overall.
* Under is 6-1 in Blue Devils last 7 neutral site games.
* Tigers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Virginia Tech Hokies (OFF)
ABOUT WAKE FOREST (19-12 SU, 16-13 ATS, 20-8-1 O/U): Sophomore guard Bryant Crawford led the way with 20 points against Boston College while all-ACC first-team selection John Collins added 19 and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Austin Arians chipped in 17 points and hit four of his season-high five 3-pointers in the first half. “We feel like offensively we have guys across the board that are capable scorers,” said Manning, whose team has scored at least 80 points in 10 of its last 11 games.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (21-9 SU, 14-11-1 ATS, 13-13 O/U): LeDay leads five double-digit scorers with 15.6 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (7.1). He and senior guard Seth Allen (13.1) both shoot better than 53 percent for the ACC’s top shooting team (49.2 percent), and Allen was fourth in the conference from beyond the arc (46.5). Junior Ty Outlaw has been a force since the team lost fellow guard and top rebounder Chris Clarke to a torn ACL last month, averaging 15.6 points while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor over the past five contests.
* Demon Deacons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Hokies are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
* Over is 9-0 in Demon Deacons last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Cavaliers (OFF)
ABOUT PITTSBURGH (16-16 SU, 12-17-2 ATS, 12-19 O/U): Michael Young poured in 17 points in the victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday as the Panthers advanced despite shooting 38.9 percent from the field. Young averages 19.8 points overall and Jamel Artis is next at 18.2 after scoring 11 on Tuesday while fellow senior Sheldon Jeter (8.2) registered 14 points in the victory – his highest total since posting 29 against Florida State on Feb. 18. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson (11.6 points) is the only underclassman among the top five scorers, but he managed just five in the tournament opener on 1-of-4 shooting.
ABOUT VIRGINIA (21-9 SU, 17-11 ATS, 8-19-1 O/U): Senior guard London Perrantes was named second-team All-ACC after averaging 17 points – pushing his season mark to 12.8 – and draining 10-of-19 from 3-point range over the last three contests. Perrantes is the only active player averaging in double figures scoring while junior guard Marial Shayok (8.7) must get going again after combining for just two points on 1-of-9 shooting in his last three games. “I guess my time is right now,” Shayok told Virginia’s website. “. … I’ve just got to stay confident and be ready. It’s a new season now.”
* Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
* Cavaliers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.
* Under is 7-0 in Panthers last 7 overall.
* Under is 10-1-1 in Cavaliers last 12 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game.
* Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.