The last week of the ACC regular season is upon us - and we’re due for an absolutely CRAZY lineup of games on Saturday to close it out. Until then, here’s how our writers see the conference:
1) North Carolina (13-4, 25-6 Overall) Last Week: 1
Obviously, the Heels took it on the chin in Cville last night, but they’re still the class of the conference considering the season-long resume. They may need to beat Duke on Saturday to secure a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, however.
2) Louisville (11-5, 23-6 Overall) Last Week: 3
A convincing win against Syracuse was a strong bounceback game for the Cards after losing in Chapel Hill. If they make noise in the ACCT (and get past Wake and ND beforehand), Louisville could also potentially play themselves into a 1 seed in the NCAAs.
3) Florida State (11-5, 23-6 Overall) Last Week: 4
Escaping Littlejohn Colosseum with a win was very un-FSU-like last week. One could argue that the Noles shouldn’t have let it be a close game, but road wins are road wins. Still, @ Duke and hosting Miami are both tougher tests than recent wins over BC and Clemson, and Coach Hamilton’s team looked terrible the their previous two games against decent opponents (losses @ ND and Pitt).
4) Duke (10-6, 22-7 Overall) Last Week: 2
Duke is facing a huge collapse in seeding after losing two straight on the road - with FSU and @ UNC to finish the regular season. Two more Ls would put the Devils in dangers of the 8/9 game...with a delicious UNC match up in the next round. Let’s root for that, everyone.
5) Notre Dame (11-5, 22-7 Overall) Last Week: 5
Matt Farrell is really good again and the Irish are trending up across all bracket prognostications. They’ve got 5 straight wins and games against BC and @ Louisville remaining. That’s a clear path to controlling a top 4 ACCT seed - if they take care of business against BC.
6) Virginia (10-7, 20-9 Overall) Last Week: 8
What a difference a week makes, yeah? Jump shooting teams will go through such stretches - and Wahoo fans will be hoping the hot streak continues for another month. If the Hoos can get some revenge Saturday when they host Pittsburgh, they will most likely avoid the 8/9 game next week, which would be nice.
7) Miami (10-7, 20-9 Overall) Last Week: 6
The Canes blew it last night in Blacksburg. After beating UVa and Duke, dropping a game to the Hokies has hurt their chances of distancing themselves from the middle of the ACC pack. Their road game against rival FSU is going to be a critical and stiff test for ACCT seeding - but they should feel confident in making the NCAAT regardless.
8) Virginia Tech (10-7, 21-8 Overall) Last Week: 7
Speaking of NCAAT locks. 4-1 without Chris Clarke has the Hokies in. No twitter jokes this week, just props where props are due. Still, we dropped you in our rankings, because Go Hoos.
9) Syracuse (9-8, 17-13 Overall) Last Week: 9
The Cuse have lost 4 of 5 (though that win was against Duke) - and have one remaining game against Georgia Tech on the schedule. Chances are strong they’ll be an 8/9 seed in the ACCT - and the world’s most terrifying 10 seed in the NCAAs.
10) Wake Forest (7-9, 16-12 Overall) Last Week: 11
The Deacs need at least a couple more wins to be on the right side of the bubble. Their remaining matches against Louisville and VT would certainly be convincing...but neither is exactly a plausible result. As they say, this is why they play the games...so we’ll see!
11) Georgia Tech (7-9, 16-13 Overall) Last Week: 10
Losing two straight has the Jackets on the wrong side of the bubble, as well. Their remaining games are against Pitt and @Cuse, so I’m sure 9-9 in the ACC would do it. But would 8-10?
12) Clemson (4-12, 14-14 Overall) Last Week: 12
The fact that 4-12 Clemson is still in the bubble discussion speaks to how strong the ACC is and how weak the rest of the bubble is. Then again, it was more 4-10 Clemson that was really getting the chatter. With games against NCSU and BC remaining, I dont think 6-12 Clemson would get much of a favorable look.
13) Pittsburgh (4-12, 15-14 Overall) Last Week: 12
The Panthers were on a good stretch there recently, winning 3 of 4 with a big time W against FSU. They then lost to Wake Forest and got blown out by UNC. This has certainly been a disappointing season for Pitt fans and so help me god they better just phone in a loss on Saturday or I will rage with the fury of a thousand suns.
14) NC State (4-13, 15-15 Overall) Last Week: 14
Firing your coach and letting him stay on is...an interesting decision. I guess there’s nothing to lose? I’m not sure anyone wants to take this job with the current AD - but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the off season. As for the power rankings, the Pack have lost 8 of 9 since beating Duke.
15) Boston College (2-14, 9-20 Overall) Last Week: 15
Who voted for whom:
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