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Streaking the Lawn’s ACC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings - 2/1/19

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There’s a tie atop our power rankings this week!

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at N.C. State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

1. Duke Blue Devils (18-2, 7-1 - Last Week: 1)

The Blue Devils dismantled the over-matched Irish this week for their latest ACC blowout. They’ve got St. Johns at home (why?) tomorrow before games against BC and UVa to restart ACC play.

1. Virginia Cavaliers (19-1, 7-1 - Last Week: 2)

The Hoos are tied for first this week in our rankings - coming off of relatively easy win @Notre Dame and a stressful OT win in Raleigh. A game against Miami tomorrow is the only game in the coming week - before the Duke rematch on 2/9.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (16-4, 6-1 - Last Week: 3)

The Heels have been on fire recently - with Georgia Tech serving as their most recently vanquished opponent. Two ranked teams are up next, though: @Louisville, and hosting the Wolfpack.

4. Louisville Cardinals (16-5, 7-1 - Last Week: 4)

Louisville continues to tear through the middle and lower parts of the ACC - but the matchup tomorrow against UNC will give the Heels a shot at revenge on the Cardinal’s home court. Can Louisville repeat the blow out?

5. Virginia Tech Hokies (17-3, 6-2 - Last Week: 5)

BUZZ WILLIAMS INSPIRATIONAL TWEET OF THE WEEK:

You must have an assortment of gifts on you at all times, Coach.

6. North Carolina State Wolfpack (16-5, 4-4 - Last Week: 6)

State gave the Hoos a scare for sure this week. They’ll get another opportunity for a signature win tomorrow in Blacksburg.

7. Syracuse Orange (15-6, 6-2 - Last Week: 7)

After getting slapped on the road against VT, Cuse rebounded with a win at home over Boston College. They’ve been holding serve against most of the lower ACC squads this year - but a road trip to Pittsburgh has tripped up a few teams already this year.

8. Florida State Seminoles (15-5, 3-4 - Last Week: 8)

FSU responded to three straight losses with a pair of wins over Clemson and Miami - which was hugely needed to start and salvage their season. GT and Syracuse this week offer huge opportunities to get about .500 in ACC play.

9. Clemson Tigers (12-8, 2-5 - Last Week: 9)

After losing in absolutely brutal fashion in Raleigh, Clemson easily handled Pitt to pick up a much-needed ACC win - they have a chance to go on a run with Wake, GT, VT, and Miami coming up.

10. Pittsburgh Panthers (12-9, 2-6 - Last Week: 10)

The Panthers have lost four straight ACC games but host Syracuse tomorrow to try to solidify themselves as more mid-tier than lower-tier in the conference. A game against Wake follows it, so there’s potential this week to climb up the rankings.

11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-9, 3-5 - Last Week: 11)

GT hasn’t been able to pull their classic upset-over-a-ranked-team on the year, but a road game at FSU tomorrow could be the ticket!

12. Miami Hurricanes (9-11, 1-7 - Last Week: 12)

Miami is having such a rough year, largely due to a depleted roster (particularly in the front court). Things don’t get easier with the Hoos hosting them tomorrow afternoon.

13. Boston College Eagles (11-8, 2-5- Last Week: 14)

Following wins against Wake and FSU, the Eagles lost a close one at home to Syracuse. Hosting Notre Dame tomorrow is a big chance for them to get back into the winning column.

14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-10, 1-7 - Last Week: 13)

It’s just been a continuation of a terrible season for the Irish this week - but they’ve got games against BC and Miami that both present winnable opportunities get out off the ACC basement.

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-12, 1-7 - Last Week: 15)

They’ve surprised NC State, but that’s about it for the Deacons so far this year. Is this Coach Manning’s last hurrah? @Clemson and hosting Pitt are up next.

STL ACC Power Rankings

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1 Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia
2 North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Duke North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Duke North Carolina Duke North Carolina North Carolina
3 Duke Duke Duke Duke North Carolina Duke Duke Duke North Carolina Duke North Carolina Duke Duke
4 Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Louisville Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State
5 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
6 Louisville Louisville Syracuse Syracuse Louisville Louisville Clemson Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Syracuse Louisville
7 Syracuse NC State Louisville Louisville Syracuse Clemson Florida State Syracuse NC State Syracuse Clemson Louisville Syracuse
8 Clemson Clemson NC State Clemson Clemson NC State Syracuse Clemson Syracuse Clemson Syracuse Clemson Clemson
9 NC State Syracuse Clemson NC State NC State Syracuse NC State NC State Clemson NC State NC State NC State NC State
10 Miami Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Miami Miami Georgia Tech Boston College Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Miami Georgia Tech
11 Boston College Miami Miami Boston College Boston College Notre Dame Boston College Miami Georgia Tech Boston College Miami Georgia Tech Boston College
12 Georgia Tech Notre Dame Notre Dame Miami Miami Boston College Notre Dame Boston College Wake Forest Miami Boston College Boston College Miami
13 Notre Dame Boston College Boston College Wake Forest Notre Dame Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Notre Dame Miami Notre Dame Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest
14 Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Notre Dame Wake Forest Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Wake Forest Notre Dame Wake Forest Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
15 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Wake Forest Wake Forest Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh