Betting on the Heels and Devils in March Madness and the ACC Tournament

For the first time ever, North Carolina sports fans can legally bet on the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels. Online sports betting launches in the state on March 11, just two days after the arch rivals meet to close their regular seasons.

When Can North Carolinians First Bet on Duke vs UNC Basketball?

Duke hosts UNC on March 9 in the final 2022-23 regular season ACC matchup between the Tobacco Road powerhouses. With the statewide betting launch set for March 11, fans will miss out on wagering on a Blue Devils vs Tar Heels regular season contest.

Unless the foes square off in the ACC tourney or NCAA tournament, bettors won’t get an opportunity to put money down on college basketball’s most storied rivalry this year.

Betting Markets for ACC and NCAA Tournament Games

The ACC Conference Tournament starts March 12, one day after the North Carolina sports betting apps go live. This allows fans to download platforms like DraftKings NC and FanDuel NC to view odds and place bets.

If UNC and Duke meet in the ACC Tourney, gamblers can wager on all available betting lines:

  • Moneyline
  • Point spread
  • Game total (over/under)
  • First half and second half winners
  • Various player and game prop bets

Currently ranked 3rd and 9th nationally, UNC and Duke expect high seeds for March Madness. This would set up potential Sweet 16 or Elite 8 showdowns.

The NCAA Tournament begins with play-in games on March 19. Sportsbooks will offer all standard tournament betting options throughout March Madness, culminating with the April 3 championship.

Can North Carolinians Bet on College Player Props?

Yes, initially. However, the state’s sports betting rules allow regulators to restrict certain bet types. There remains a possibility college player props get banned or limited at some point.

For the ACC and NCAA tourneys, players can likely wager on options like:

  • Player point totals
  • Player rebounds
  • Player assists
  • Player 3-pointers made
  • Player game performance doubles-doubles

This adds to the excitement around March Madness and deep tournament runs by the Heels and Devils.

✅ Fact Checked on February 16, 2024 by Ken Weaver