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ACC Power Rankings: Week of 2/11

A couple of clashes at the top... went chalk, so nothing really changes

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

A week ago, the top four teams in the conference had a combined 5 losses. After three games amongst them this past week... well, it’s obvious that there are now more losses in there, but more important (and upsetting) is where those losses went. At least in the win/loss column, there’s some separation where there wasn’t before.

1. #2 Duke Blue Devils (10-1)

Nope. I refuse to join in the chorus of internet sports people singing this team’s praises for a historic comeback on the road. Not doing it.

... But with the win over Virginia and UNC’s subsequent loss to the Cavs, it looks like the only way the Devils won’t win the ACC is if they’re swept by the Heels. Joy.

Up next: vs N.C. State on 2/16 at 6:00 PM

2. #4 Virginia Cavaliers (9-2)

The Hoos came back strong from a fairly demoralizing loss on Saturday to Duke, which shot 62% from three and was thus essentially unbeatable, to come back on the road against an admittedly depleted UNC team. I’m not buying this rash of press that’s saying the win proves any kind of distance between the teams, but a head-to-head matchup does give them a tiebreaker.

Up next: vs Notre Dame on 2/16 at 2:00 PM

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

Get well, Nas. And Leaky. And Sterling. And also possibly Cam. I know I just said there isn’t really separation between UNC and UVA, but that’s only true when the Heels are at least mostly healthy.

Up next: @ Wake Forest on 2/16 at 12:00 PM

4. #22 Florida State Seminoles (6-4)

It’s time to take the Seminoles seriously again. Their streak of wins is up to 5, and their latest was a victory over a very good Louisville team. And with games against Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Clemson coming up next, there’s a very good chance their record will match this ranking a week from now.

Up next: vs Wake Forest on 2/13 (today) at 7:00 PM

(1)5. #16 Louisville Cardinals (8-4)





Yeah, they’re getting an honorary trash ranking for that. On paper, though, losses to FSU and Duke aren’t exactly unreasonable.

Up next: vs Clemson on 2/16 at 12:00 PM

6. Syracuse Orange (8-3)

The lone ACC team with a win over Duke got some swagger back with a win over Boston College, and look generally pretty dangerous if a tier below the class of the conference. That shellacking by Florida State is going to be tough to erase.

Up next: @ N.C. State on 2/13 at 8:00 PM

7. #22 Virginia Tech Hokies (7-4)

The Hokies took a pretty damaging loss to Clemson and are still playing shorthanded without star point guard Justin Robinson. Losers of 2 of their last 3, VT seems like they’re in a bit of a freefall until he gets back. Hopefully it’s soon, because he’s fun to watch.

Up next: vs Georgia Tech on 2/13 at 8:00 PM

8. Clemson Tigers (5-5)

The win over Virginia Tech is... something, as I just described. KenPom actually has the Tigers at a very respectable 31st in overall efficiency, and they’re 33rd in the Massey Ratings Composite. Goes to show how autocannibalistic the ACC is, I guess. Analytics are cool, but it’s hard to really hype up a team whose ACC wins are a depleted VT team, then Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh twice, and Wake Forest. If they win a few more games, I might take them more seriously.

Up next: @ Miami on 2/13 at 7:00 PM

9. N.C. State Wolfpack (5-6)

Noted winner Kevin Keatts is under .500 in conference play with games against Syracuse and Duke coming up next. A 79-76 victory over Pittsburgh might help at least get the taste of the Virginia Tech disaster and the blowout at the hands of UNC out of the Wolfpack’s collective mouth.

Up next: vs Syracuse on 2/13 at 8:00 PM

10. Boston College Eagles (3-8)

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-8)

Both these teams had a fairly chalk win (Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, respectively) and a loss in the past week. Boston College’s loss was to Syracuse, which is respectable. Notre Dame’s was to 2-9 in conference Miami, so not so much.

Up next for BC: vs Miami on 2/17 at 6:00 PM

For ND: @ Virginia on 2/16 at 2:00 PM

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-8)

Here’s what my buddy Christian wrote about the Yellow Jackets last week, as a reminder:

The Yellow Jackets’ ongoing search for offense continues... Easier matchups with Clemson and Notre Dame will give them an opportunity to right the ship.

Georgia Tech scored 101 points in those two games combined and lost them by a combined 33 points, so it’s starting to look safe to say there won’t be much ship-righting around here.

Up next: @ Virginia Tech on 2/13 at 8:00 PM

13. Miami Hurricanes (2-9)

After a string of losses where they held second-half leads, Miami finally finished a victory over Notre Dame. They also went to overtime with UNC, thanks to 32.6% three-point shooter Chris Lykes deciding to go 5/11 from distance in the Dean Dome, several of those makes being pretty well contested. We’ll see if this win gives them any kind of momentum and game-finishing ability going forwards.

Up next: vs Clemson on 2/13 at 7:00 PM

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-8)

Wake Forest had an idle week, which means we didn’t learn anything new about them. Will the week off give them rested legs to compete with the Seminoles and Tar Heels in consecutive games this week?

Up next: @ Florida State on 2/13 at 7:00 PM

14.5.* Pittsburgh Panthers (2-10)

*(15 is reserved for Louisville’s honorary ranking this week)

Pittsburgh is having a slightly worse version of what Miami was facing, in that their last four losses have all been by 9 points or fewer, and they’ve also not been against great teams. In other words, they’re not very good. Still miles better than a Stallings team, though.

Up next: vs Virginia Tech on 2/16 at 4:30 PM

(all times Eastern)