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Duke seems to be falling out of the race for the ACCT double bye...it may be a five team race.

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There’s not a lot of movement in the top of the rankings this week, as the better teams keep winning - but the middle/bottom of the conference? Oh boy, they’ve been their usual wild and crazy selves.

1) North Carolina (6-1 ACC, 18-3 Overall) Last Week: 1

The Tarheels let Boston College hang around with them for most of their matchup, but sit again at the top of our rankings. Roy Williams has UNC in a strong position to finish first in the conference, but they do have two games against both UVa and Duke remaining (and one against Notre Dame).

2) Florida State (6-1 ACC, 17-3 Overall) Last Week: 2

Florida State also holds steady in our rankings this week, coming off of two great (but close) wins against Notre Dame and Louisville. Road trips to Notre Dame and Duke look like the most difficult games on the rest of their schedule, so the Noles probably have the easiest route to the 1 seed.

3) Notre Dame (6-1 ACC, 18-2 Overall) Last Week: 3

After the narrow loss (that really was only close because of 15 converted desperation three pointers) to FSU, the Irish trounced Syracuse and stay at number 3 in our rankings. Tonight’s game hosting the Wahoos is one of their stiffest remaining tests.

4) Virginia (5-2 ACC, 15-3 Overall) Last Week: 4

A home blowout against pesky Georgia Tech has Virginia fans thinking double-bye for the Hoos in the ACC Tournament. Tonight’s game in South Bend would go a long way towards making that happen. Saturday’s game at Villanova won’t help in that regard, but could be huge for seeding in the Big Dance.

5) Louisville (4-3 ACC, 16-4 Overall) Last Week: 5

The loss in Tallahassee derailed the Cardinal’s conference winning streak at four games. They can rebound easily with their upcoming Pitt, NCSU, BC stretch (before facing their orange and blue kryptonite in Charlottesville).

6) Duke (3-4 ACC, 15-5 Overall) Last Week: 6

Duke has lost 3 of 4 - is Jeff Capel that bad (Yes) or are there more flaws on this team than we initially suspected? (Yes).

7) Virginia Tech (4-3 ACC, 15-4 Overall) Last Week: 8

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8) Wake Forest (3-4 ACC, 12-7 Overall) Last Week: 11

I told you Wake Forest would win something eventually! Crushing Miami at home and a road win in Raleigh could go a long way towards Wake’s conference standing in March, but they have plenty of work to do.

9) Miami (2-4 ACC, 12-6 Overall) Last Week: 7

Miami drops in our rankings this week after losing a pair to Wake and Duke - both in convincing fashion. The Canes have dropped 4 of 5 - with the lone win coming on the road at Pitt (and cmon it’s not like Pitt can beat anyone ever right?).

10) Syracuse (3-4 ACC, 11-9 Overall) Last Week: 10

The Orange continue to be the most confusing ACC team this season, as they’ve followed up a decent 3-1 run with a couple of losses - but against premier conference teams (UNC/ND) on the road. Syracuse has yet to beat a good team this season, but you’ve got to think that’ll happen at some point.

11) Georgia Tech (3-4 ACC, 11-8 Overall) Last Week: 13

A pair of losses on the road in the Commonwealth weren’t that surprising for Coach Josh’s team, but they let the game in Blacksburg slip away in a winnable opportunity. Still, the Jackets have shown they can surprise some teams, unlike some teams below them- so they’ve moved up this week.

12) Pittsburgh (1-5 ACC, 12-7 Overall) Last Week: 12

Remember that time our Matt Ellis spent twenty minutes on our podcast talking about how awful Pitt is? Turns out, he was right - just not about the UVa game. Pitt has lost 5 of their last 6 games. This will be the biggest blemish on UVa’s NCAAT resume (hopefully).

13) NC State (3-5 ACC, 14-7 Overall) Last Week: 14

Well we all know Dennis Smith Jr. is legit - and the Wolfpack did all of America a favor by handing Duke another loss last night. They’re still a bad team. They’ve lost to Miami, BC, GT, and Wake Forest. If this team makes the tournament without another strong win...well...you’ll know what to think. They’ve got plenty of opportunities left to collect some of those wins though.

14) Clemson (1-6 ACC, 11-8 Overall) Last Week: 9

WLLLLLL since conference play has begun. Good lord, Clemson, you have one of the best players in the country!

15) Boston College (2-5 ACC, 9-11 Overall) Last Week: 14

Boston College hasn’t done much to crawl out of the cellar - though if a few other teams keep losing, the opportunities will be there! Optimism!

Who voted for whom:

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