Since John Gasaway over at Big Ten Wonk has broken the seal on conference-only tempo-free stats, I figure I'd do the same for the ACC. All the usual disclaimers apply - the sample size is still ridiculously small at this point and the schedules aren't close to balanced at this point. But it's still an interesting exercise, especially when compared to the non-conference stats.
Boston College has stepped up the offensive production since conference play started. Some of that is scheduling, as the Eagles have faced all three of the cellar teams, State, Wake, and Miami. They're pulling down the same number of offensive rebounds as UNC, although the Heels are managing it against stiffer competition.
Maryland is somehow still in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll, despite a 1-3 ACC start and the worse shooting in the league. And don't even ask me to explain Virgnia's no rebound, no turnover offense. N.C. State's shooting is holding up remarkably well in the ACC, even if they can't get an offensive rebound or a free throw.
Duke still leads the conference is defensive efficiency, but my a much smaller margin than over the whole season. Oddly enough, their defensive prowess in conference more the result of defensive rebounding (and generating turnovers) than the shooting defense they relied on for the nonconference slate. UNC's defense has also stepped up in conference, Boston College, meanwhile is the only team to improve defensively since the conference games got underway - again, scheduling plays apart, but even the ACC weaklings are tougher than BC's nonconference schedule, so the Eagles are definitely improving, primarily on the defensive rebounding front.
Florida State, on the other hand, is sinking fast on defense, mostly by losing all ability to effect their opponents' shot. Again, a lot of that's scheduling, as the Seminoles have played one ACC team outside of the Top 25 (Georgia Tech, who's no slouch.)
Virginia Tech sure picked up the three-point shooting pace in the ACC, didn't they?