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ACC Power Rankings: Week of 12/17

How far did UNC’s win over Gonzaga vault them in our rankings?

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

There was UNC beating Gonzaga, and a couple other notable games, but on the whole there wasn’t a ton going on in the ACC last week. As teams start to wind down their non-conference schedules, here’s our weekly check-in on the the league with the power rankings.

1. #2 Duke Blue Devils (9-1)

They do now have a transitive loss to UNC, but the Blue Devils haven’t done much to warrant being dropped from this spot.

Next: Tonight vs. Princeton

2. #5 Virginia Cavaliers (9-0)

Had the Tar Heels only lost one game this season, they probably would have vaulted the Cavaliers, but Virginia’s undefeated record keeps them in the second slot. UVA has one last non-con game against power conference opposition this week, when they play South Carolina. That game will probably end with like a 60-46 Cavaliers’ win.

Next: Wednesday at South Carolina

3. #9 North Carolina Tar Heels (8-2)

Carolina slides solidly into third in our power rankings after the win over Gonzaga. Last time the Tar Heels beat a ranked team (UCLA back in November), they followed it up with a dud against Michigan, so the game against Kentucky will be a test of how much progress they’ve made.

Next: Saturday vs. #19 Kentucky

4. #11 Florida State Seminoles (9-1)

FSU had last week off, but have a busy one ahead of them, playing two more games in the next five days, in addition to their win on Monday.

Next: Wednesday vs. North Florida

5. #13 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-1)

The Hokies picked up a win over Washington over the weekend, adding to their collection of good but not great wins. Considering the rest of their non-conference schedule and the opening of their ACC schedule, they could go into their January 15th game against Virginia 14-1 and possibly ranked in the top 10.

Next: Wednesday vs. North Carolina A&T

6. NC State Wolfpack (9-1)

The Wolfpack’s strength of schedule according to KenPom moved up to #350 from #353 after their win over Penn State, so that’s something. State hasn’t done much wrong, but their game against Auburn this week will show us how real they are.

Next: Wednesday vs. Auburn

7. Louisville Cardinals (8-3)

After losing to Indiana, the Cardinals bounced back with two wins last week, albeit against lower level competition. They still have yet to take anything close to a bad loss, as all three have come against currently ranked teams.

Next: Friday vs. Robert Morris

8. Syracuse Orange (7-3)

What a weird team. They took two understandable losses to UConn and Oregon back in November, but then bounced back with five-straight wins to get into the top 25. What do they do next? Lose to Old Dominion, of course. They have a chance to pull an “upset” this week against Buffalo, which is a weird thing to say, even though the Bulls are ranked.

Next: vs. #14 Buffalo

9. Clemson Tigers (7-3)

Over the weekend, the Tigers did what Notre Dame and Texas could not: beat Radford.

Next: Tonight vs. Charleston Southern

10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3)

It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Notre Dame. On one hand, they picked up a decent win by beating Purdue. However, they lost Rex Pfluger, who was leading the team in assists, for the season to a torn ACL. They weren’t lighting the world on fire already, and that’s certainly not going to help.

Next: Tonight vs. Binghamton

11. Boston College Eagles (8-2)

Not exactly the hardest game, but BC picked up two wins last week, beating Columbia and Fairfield. Beating DePaul on the road this week would be a nice little win, even if it is just DePaul. It’s still better than what the Eagles were doing a couple years ago.

Next: Saturday at DePaul

12. Pitt Panthers (8-3)

Still not coached by Kevin Stallings, so that’s good.

Next: Thursday vs. New Orleans

13. Miami Hurricanes (5-4)

The Hurricanes were off last week, meaning their two most recent games are still loses to Ivy League teams.

Next: Wednesday vs. Houston Baptist

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3)

Hey, they beat Charlotte! The 49ers are....311th on KenPom. The win over Davidson is actually pretty solid, so we’ll give them a bump up for that.

Next: Saturday vs. Tennessee

15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-4)

Taking a home loss to Gardner-Webb is a good way to drop to the basement.

Next: Wednesday at Arkansas