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Streaking the Lawn’s ACC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings - 2/16/19

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The bottom of the conference keeps beating each other so...

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

After last week’s slate of games for the Wahoos, the top of the ACC standings has become pretty clear to our writers - but with Tobacco Road rivalry games on the horizon and a surging FSU squad climbing the standings, plenty of movement can continue through February.

1. Duke Blue Devils (22-2, 10-1 - Last Week: 1)

Duke shot the lights out in Charlottesville and pulled off one of the most stunning comebacks in recent basketball history to break hearts in Louisville - all solidifying them as the conference’s best team (to all but one of our writers, at least). They play the pesky Wolfpack today before hosting the Heels next week.

2. Virginia Cavaliers (21-2, 9-2 - Last Week: 2)

UVa rebounded from the Duke loss with a huge statement in Chapel Hill - after letting Carolina grow a second half lead, the Hoos clamped down on defense and gutted out a comeback of their own against one of the conference’s other best teams. Notre Dame comes to town today before a road trip to Va Tech.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (19-5, 9-2 - Last Week: 3)

The UVa loss derails the winning streak the Heels had been riding since January 15th. More importantly, Nassir Little and Cam Johnson suffered injuries - and the former’s status is still up in air for their next games.

4. Louisville Cardinals (17-8, 8-4 - Last Week: 4)

Oof. I feel like the Duke game wasn’t the only crushing blown lead for the Cardinals in the last couple of seasons against a top ACC team. Hugs for the Birds, who host Clemson today...and still have two games against their bitter rivals at UVa remaining.

5. Florida State Seminoles (19-5, 7-4 - Last Week: 6)

The Noles are in the middle of an epic turnaround considering their mediocre start to ACC play. They’ve won six straight - including victories over Louisville and Syracuse. They’ll need to keep beating up on the mid and lower tier ACC teams though, as they only have one game remaining against the conference elite: a road trip to UNC on the 23rd.

6. Virginia Tech Hokies (19-5, 8-4 - Last Week: 5)

BUZZ WILLIAMS INSPIRATIONAL TWEET OF THE WEEK:

yikes

7. North Carolina State Wolfpack (18-7, 6-6 - Last Week: 7)

Wins against Pitt and Syracuse (a completely dominating performance, indeed) have the Wolfpack back squarely in the single-bye standings for the ACC Tournament. There’ not much hope for a top 4 ACCT seed anymore, but there are enough games against doormats that they should be on the safe side of the NCAA bubble in the long run. Of course, beating Duke would help too.

8. Syracuse Orange (17-8, 8-4 - Last Week: 8)

Syracuse’s recent ACC results have been completely mixed: they’ve beaten some bad teams and lost to some better teams. 8-4 is wonderful for now, but they’ve got a pretty brutal last stretch of conference play coming with games against Duke, UVa, UNC, and Louisville all still remaining.

9. Clemson Tigers (15-9, 5-6 - Last Week: 9)

Losing at Miami was an unfortunate end for the Tiger’s recent streak of ACC wins. To me, this team’s last few weeks of games will be the most interesting stretch for a conference team in late February. There’s enough talent (and enough inferior competition) to pull of a huge run - but I’m not confident they won’t slip up again.

10. Miami Hurricanes (11-13, 3-9 - Last Week: 10)

Miami has won 2 of 3 and were so so close to making that third game a win in Chapel Hill. That’s not the last opportunity for the Canes to shock the world as they travel to Durham in early March.

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-11, 3-8 - Last Week: 13)

Can the Irish shock the world today? Probably not - the team shot 22% from 3 in their last win against Georgia Tech. Sometimes, teams come to Charlottesville and shoot extremely well though...hmm

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-14, 3-9 - Last Week: 11)

Coach Fred Savage has the Yellow Jackets reeling after six straight losses.

DYK: their 2019 recruiting class consists of one unranked power forward.

13. Boston College Eagles (12-11, 3-8 - Last Week: 14)

BC showed they’re better than the ACC cellar closing late to beat Pitt at home this week. It’s not crazy to think they could string together some wins to end the regular season - Miami, GT, and...NC State? all remain on the schedule.

14. Pittsburgh Panthers (12-13, 2-10 - Last Week: 12)

8 straight losses is...not good. But not last place not good, apparently!

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-14, 2-9 - Last Week: 15)

I take issue with our writers here - the might Demon Deacons VANQUISHED Pittsburgh in overtime this week and DESERVE TO BE 14th.

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