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ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Heels on the Rise

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The haves and the have-nots are becoming more clear. Well, except for Duke.

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1) North Carolina (5-1 ACC, 17-3 Overall) Last Week: 3

Roy Williams won his 800th game last night as the Heels defeated Syracuse. They also moved up to number 1 in our rankings after taking down the Seminoles last week. As of right now, the Heels look like the cream of the ACC crop.

2) Florida State (4-1 ACC, 16-2 Overall) Last Week: 2

The Noles still look like ACC title contenders, following the loss in Chapel Hill, but the following home stretch against Notre Dame and Louisville will be a tough one. If Coach Hamilton’s team wins that pair of games, they should be favored in all but one or two of the rest of their regular season games.

3) Notre Dame (5-0 ACC, 16-2 Overall) Last Week: 5

No one has beaten the Irish yet in league play, but every game has been decided by 7 points or fewer. A win in Tallahassee tomorrow will turn some heads, for sure.

4) Virginia (3-2 ACC, 13-3 Overall) Last Week: 4

The Hoos picked up a much needed road win at Clemson - and while @BC and hosting GT are no gimmes, it’s the road trip to Notre Dame next week that could potentially shake up the ACC standings and future seeding.

5) Louisville (3-2 ACC, 15-3 Overall) Last Week: 6

Three straight wins have the Cardinals rolling towards the halfway point in ACC play. Saturday’s game at Florida State could be a big statement win for the Cardinals. Pitino’s team still has road trips to UVa, UNC, and Notre Dame later in the year, but they look to be in strong shape to challenge for a top 4 ACC seed.

6) Duke (2-3 ACC, 14-4 Overall) Last Week: 1

The Blue Devils have a had a bit of a swoon without their Hall of Fame coach on the bench. They’ve lost (convincingly) on the road to two of the better ACC teams and Grayson Allen has only had moderate physical contact with opposing players and coaches. Hosting Miami and NC State might provide the New Jersey prep school alums with some relief, but in this wacky season, don’t be shocked if Duke drops another one this week.

7) Miami (2-2 ACC, 12-4 Overall) Last Week: 9

Miami let a huge opportunity pass them by throwing away a winnable chance against Notre Dame at home, but rebounded by beating Pitt by nearly 30 on the road. The Canes certainly don’t look “good” overall (yet), but are definitely a sneak dangerous team in conference play.

8) Virginia Tech (2-3 ACC, 13-4 Overall) Last Week: 8

Was he scared he’d run out of letters? There’s a Hokies/fast food joke here somewhere...

9) Clemson (1-4 ACC, 11-6 Overall) Last Week: 7

The loss to UVa was a really winnable game for the Tigers - but unfortunately for them - they’re now currently riding a four game losing streak in ACC play. Going on the road to Louisville Thursday might not help, but Brad Brownell’s squad needs to start collecting some Ws in a big way to keep those NCAAT hopes alive.

10) Syracuse (3-3 ACC, 11-8 Overall) Last Week: 11

Syracuse is decidedly in the middle of the ACC pack. They’ve got 3 conference wins, but two (!!!) of their games have been against Boston College. One of those, of course, they lost. Who knows, Syracuse. Who knows.

11) Wake Forest (1-4 ACC, 10-7 Overall) Last Week: 12

I swear Wake Forest is going to get a statement win at some point this year. Or at least an ACC win. I think. Somehow, the 1-4 Deacs MOVED UP IN OUR RANKINGS?!?!

12) Pittsburgh (1-4 ACC, 12-6 Overall) Last Week: 10

That Pitt loss is looking more and more annoying for the Hoos. The Panthers have since lost 3 straight and have yet to remember how to shoot 70% from deep in that stretch.

13) Georgia Tech (3-2 ACC, 11-6 Overall) Last Week: 14

Two straight wins for the Jackets were only enough to bump them up a spot this week. The standard deviation is strong with GT.

14) (tie) Boston College (2-3 ACC, 9-9 Overall) Last Week: 15

Two conference wins is probably more than most thought the Eagles would have by now, but still, they don’t look like a very good basketball team. This, of course, ensures that the Hoos will have trouble with them tomorrow.

14) (tie) NC State (1-4 ACC, 12-6 Overall) Last Week: 13

Three straight losses, but dropped 104 on Virginia Tech! Woof.

Who voted for whom:

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Notre Dame Florida State North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Notre Dame North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina Notre Dame Florida State Florida State Florida State Notre Dame Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State North Carolina Florida State Notre Dame
Florida State North Carolina Virginia Notre Dame Notre Dame Florida State Virginia Notre Dame Louisville Notre Dame Virginia Florida State Notre Dame Florida State
Virginia Louisville Louisville Louisville Virginia Virginia Notre Dame Virginia Virginia Louisville Notre Dame Louisville Virginia Virginia
Louisville Duke Duke Duke Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Duke Virginia Louisville Virginia Louisville Louisville
Duke Virginia Notre Dame Virginia Duke Duke Duke Duke Notre Dame Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke
Syracuse Miami Miami Virginia Tech Miami Virginia Tech Miami Virginia Tech Miami Georgia Tech Virginia Tech Miami Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Miami Syracuse Clemson Miami Virginia Tech Miami Clemson Clemson Clemson Virginia Tech Clemson Clemson Miami Syracuse
Virginia Tech Clemson Wake Forest Georgia Tech Clemson Georgia Tech Wake Forest Wake Forest Virginia Tech Miami Pittsburgh Virginia Tech Pittsburgh Miami
Clemson Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Clemson Syracuse Pittsburgh Virginia Tech Miami Wake Forest Syracuse Miami Syracuse Clemson Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh Wake Forest Syracuse Syracuse Wake Forest Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Pittsburgh Clemson Wake Forest Wake Forest Syracuse Clemson
Wake Forest Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Wake Forest Pittsburgh Clemson Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Syracuse Pittsburgh Syracuse Pittsburgh Wake Forest Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Pittsburgh Georgia Tech Wake Forest NC State Georgia Tech NC State Wake Forest Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Wake Forest
Boston College NC State NC State NC State Boston College Boston College Georgia Tech NC State Georgia Tech Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College
NC State Boston College Boston College Boston College NC State NC State Boston College Boston College Boston College NC State NC State NC State NC State NC State