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ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 4

The conference is fairly top-heavy in the early going.

NCAA Basketball: Elon University at North Carolina Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

After three weeks of basketball, the ACC has a remarkable four teams in the top seven of the AP top 25. However, those four are the only teams featured in the rankings at all. With the ACC’s move to a 20-game season, we got to see every team except for Duke play a conference game in the opening week of the season. Without further ado, here are the ACC power rankings for week 4.

1. #2 Louisville Cardinals 6-0 (1-0)

They haven’t been tested much but the Cardinals look like the most complete team in the conference at this point in the season. In their lone matchup with a power five team thus far, they dominated Miami on the road. Jordan Nwora is averaging 21 points per game and Dwayne Sutton is shooting 76% from the field. We’ll get a better since of how legitimate Louisville is in December when they face the likes of Michigan, Texas Tech, and Kentucky.

2. #1 Duke Blue Devils 6-0 (0-0)

Only in the ACC can you find the top-ranked team nationally slotted at #2 in its conference power rankings. The Blue Devils have an impressive 68-66 win over Kansas but the Jayhawks did turn the ball over 28 times. Duke’s young guys, specifically Vernon Carey Jr. and Cassius Stanley, appear to be getting more comfortable as of late.

3. #7 Virginia Cavaliers 6-0 (1-0)

As always, the Hoos are among the best in the country on the defensive end. Only one opponent has notched more than 50 points against them. However, they are still trying to replace the scoring left behind by Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De’Andre Hunter. Mamadi Diakite currently leads the team with 13.7 points per game.

4. #6 North Carolina Tar Heels 4-0 (1-0)

Though still undefeated, this Tar Heel team hasn’t looked especially impressive through four games. Roy Williams has consistently pointed to his team’s natural gifts as reasons for winning because he does not believe they are playing well. Cole Anthony has been every bit as advertised but he needs someone else to step up as a consistent scoring option. Perhaps that could be fellow freshman Armando Bacot, who is coming off back-to-back double-doubles.

5. Virginia Tech Hokies 6-0 (1-0)

The Hokies have easily been the biggest surprise of the season thus far. After losing its head coach and dealing with major roster turnover, they are 6-0 and just got a monumental win over #3 Michigan State yesterday. Mike Young is doing a fantastic job in his first season and is an early candidate for ACC coach of the year.

6. Florida State Seminoles 4-1 (0-1)

Florida State’s 63-51 road win over Florida has lost some of its luster but it was impressive nonetheless. Leonard Hamilton has another deep and athletic team. Despite an early two-point loss to Pitt, the Seminoles should be competitive in the conference this year.

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-1 (0-1)

Notre Dame has won five straight since dropping the season opener to the Tar Heels. They have one of the more experienced teams in the conference this year and big man John Mooney is an established scorer. The Irish have another big road test coming up on December 4th against Maryland.

8. Clemson Tigers 5-1 (0-1)

The Tigers eked out a 62-60 overtime win over TCU on Sunday. Their lone loss on the season came at the hands of a Virginia Tech team that has looked much better than people originally thought. They’ll have a chance for a statement win tonight when they match up with #21 Colorado.

9. Syracuse Orange 4-1 (0-1)

The Orange’s offense looked absolutely abysmal in the season opener, but then again, that’s what Virginia’s defense can do to you. Since that game, they’ve been much more solid on both sides of the ball albeit against lesser competition. Elijah Hughes (17.2 ppg) has been pretty reliable and Buddy Boeheim (14.4 ppg) has added some perimeter scoring.

10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2-2 (1-0)

Georgia Tech has only played four games but three of them have come against power five teams. They lost a heartbreaker last night when Arkansas banked in a game-winning three-pointer and their other loss game to Georgia. Michael Devoe is averaging 23 points for the Yellow Jackets.

11. NC State Wolfpack 5-1 (0-1)

The Wolfpack tipped off the season with a disappointing one-point loss to Georgia Tech. Though they haven’t played many notable teams since then, they’ve got a chance to take down a James Wiseman-less Memphis Tigers team on Thanksgiving. C.J. Bryce leads the team in scoring with 17.7 ppg and he’s shooting 61% from the field.

12. Pittsburgh Panthers 5-2 (1-0)

The Panthers suffered a rough loss to Nicholls but they also have solid wins over Florida State and West Virginia. The team improved with the arrival of Jeff Capel last year but that’s also because they had nowhere to go but up after failing to win a conference game in 2017-2018. They have a big road test upcoming against Louisville in December.

13. Boston College Eagles 4-2 (1-0)

The Eagles have a couple of rough early-season losses to Belmont (100-85) and Depaul (72-67). Despite the team’s overall struggles, Derryck Thornton is finally finding some success with his third collegiate team (previously attended Duke and USC). He’s scoring 16.2 points a game which is more than double the highest average he’s had in his career.

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-2 (0-1)

Wake Forest lost to the aforementioned Boston College team to open up the season and also suffered a two-point road loss to Charlotte. Danny Manning will have to make some major improvements if he wants to keep his job for another year.

15. Miami Hurricanes 4-3 (0-1)

The Hurricanes are the only team in the conference with more than two losses already. Though they’ve played a pretty tough schedule, it’s the way they’ve lost that has them at the bottom of these rankings. Miami’s three losses have come by an average of 19.3 points.