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As college basketball conference tournaments get into full swing this week a number of teams will be faced with their last chance to prove their worthiness of a berth at this year’s edition of March Madness odds.

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack remain on the bubble but enter the ACC Tournament on a high, and as the No. 8 seed, after closing out their regular-season schedule with a 73-47 demolition of Boston College as 3.5-point road chalk on the NCAAB lines.


The Wolfpack have failed to maintain any sustained momentum this season, going 5-6 straight up down the stretch including a pair of outright losses as betting favorites. But hope remains as NC State prepares to open their tournament on Wednesday against No. 9 Clemson, which joins the Wolfpack on the March Madness betting bubble.


NC State has taken two straight from Clemson going into Wednesday afternoon’s matchup at Spectrum Center, but the Tigers have played the better basketball down the stretch, posting SU wins in four of five outings, and also edges out NC State as a +6600 bet on the ACC Tournament odds.


A quarterfinal date with top-seeded Virginia awaits the winner of Wednesday’s clash. The Cavaliers lead the way as +125 favorites to win this year’s ACC Tournament on the NCAA conference odds, and have not lost to either the Tigers or Wolfpack since 2013. But while a win over Virginia may be too much to expect, whichever squad faces the Cavaliers will have to put on a memorable performance to maintain any hope on Selection Sunday.


Texas, Ohio State, Indiana Set to Battle for Berths


Over in the Big 12, the Texas Longhorns stumble into conference tournament action on a dismal 2-5 SU run, capped by a 69-56 loss to the conference’s other bubble team, the TCU Horned Frogs, in their regular-schedule finale.


Despite their late-season swoon, the Longhorns enter the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, setting up a somewhat favorable matchup with No. 3 Kansas on Thursday. The Jayhawks have struggled with consistency, losing SU in two of their past five, and also dropped a 73-63 decision at Texas in late January as 1-point underdogs on the NCAAB odds.


The Longhorns were pegged early on as a middling bet to win the Big 12 Tournament on the NCAAB betting odds. However, a second straight win over the Jayhawks, winners of just two of eight away from Allen Fieldhouse, would likely be all Texas needs to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth for the fifth time in six years.


Conversely, No. 8 TCU faces a tougher tournament road, which starts with a Wednesday clash with a No. 9 Oklahoma State to earn the right to face no. 1 Kansas State.


The Horned Frogs have won consecutive games just once during their current 4-8 SU run, but have taken three of four from the Cowboys, who stumbled to a 5-13 record in conference play, and have stayed within 10 points of the Wildcats in three straight losses.


Both Ohio State and Indiana will be battling to stay on the March Madness bubble when they clash in Big Ten Conference second-round action on Thursday. The No. 9 Hoosiers hold the clear edge after posting wins in four straight, while the No. 8 Buckeyes will be desperate to end a three-game SU slide.


*Odds as of March 11

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