Three teams, including UNC, have a non-conference game on their slate tonight, but other than that, we have reached the conference season. After Sunday night, every team will have played at least one ACC game. The season is racing by.
As we prepare to ramp up into conference play, let’s do our weekly check in on things in the league with our ACC Power Rankings.
1. #1 Duke Blue Devils (11-1)
No games this last week, but unfortunately they’re still top in our power rankings and the AP Poll. While they get Clemson in Durham to start ACC play, their next two conference games are on the road, so prepare yourself for jokes if Duke drops one of those.
Next: Saturday vs. Clemson
2. #4 Virginia Cavaliers (12-0)
UVA is still the lone undefeated in the ACC as the non-conference season wraps up. They’ll take part in the marquee game of the first week of conference play on Saturday.
Next: Saturday vs. #9 Florida State
3. #15 North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3)
That Gonzaga win is still one of the best of any ACC team, but boy has the UCLA one lost its luster. They’re currently the only team in the KenPom top ten with more than two losses.
Next: Tonight vs. Harvard
4. #9 Florida State Seminoles (12-1)
Here we have the other half of Saturday’s marquee ACC matchup. FSU also has Duke in their next couple games, so in a couple weeks they could be in the argument for #1 in these rankings, or way back down in the middle.
Next: Saturday at #4 Virginia
5. #10 Virginia Tech Hokies (12-1, 1-0 ACC)
If the season finished today, the Hokies would be your ACC regular season champion. Yes, that’s because they’ve won the only conference game played so far, but it’s still technically true.
Next: Saturday vs. Boston College
6. #18 NC State Wolfpack (12-1)
Even after the Auburn win, their strength of schedule is still 350 on KenPom. Look, they won the game and have been good this season so you can’t shade them too much, but that’s still fairly amusing.
Next: Thursday at Miami
7. Louisville Cardinals (9-4)
It can’t feel good to have lost to Kentucky, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not a bad loss résumé-wise. The Cardinals have four losses now, but all have come to teams currently in the AP Top 25.
Next: Sunday vs. Miami
8. Syracuse Orange (9-4)
The Orange have bounced back with a pair of wins since their two-game losing streak to Old Dominion and Buffalo. While they were only against Arkansas State and St. Bonaventure, they did come by a combined 63 points, so maybe Syracuse is back on track.
Next: Saturday at Notre Dame
9. Clemson Tigers (10-3)
They have as many losses as points that their football team gave up to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
Next: Saturday at #1 Duke
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-4, 0-1 ACC)
The current 15th placed ACC team took their first loss in nearly a month on Tuesday.
Next: Saturday vs. Syracuse
11. Pitt Panthers (10-3)
The Panthers have surpassed their win total from all of last season. It’s January 2nd.
Next: Saturday at #15 North Carolina
12. Miami Hurricanes (8-4)
They’ve picked up three wins since their two-game Ivy League losing streak, but nothing good enough to move them up that much. Their first three conference games are all against teams above them in these power rankings, so they’re another team that could rocket way up or down in the coming weeks.
Next: Thursday at #18 NC State
13. Boston College Eagles (9-3)
Probably shouldn’t lose to KenPom #178 Hartford. That seems bad.
Next: Saturday at #10 Virginia Tech
14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5)
Tech bounced back from their Georgia loss with a win over Kennesaw State, which is probably an equally-important in-state rivalry.
Next: Tonight vs. South Carolina Upstate
15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-5)
How's the rest of the season look, per KenPom, for the Deacs? pic.twitter.com/LAd74TOfm2— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) January 1, 2019
Next: Tonight vs. Cornell