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ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8

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It’s a strange year for ACC hoops.

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

Every ACC team has now played at least a few conference games, but the picture doesn’t seem to be getting much clearer. The blue bloods from Carolina aren’t exactly the elite teams we’re used to seeing and there are multiple teams in the top 20 of the AP poll that we’re not necessarily accustomed to seeing. There’s still plenty of basketball left to be played, though. Without further ado, here are your week 8 ACC power rankings.

1. No. 18 Virginia (7-2, 3-0 ACC)

In this weird year in which neither Carolina nor Duke has a legitimate claim for the top spot, I’ll give the edge to the team and coach who’ve been there before. The Cavaliers have had their questionable outings but they’re undefeated in conference play and tied for first in the standings.

This week: 1/13 vs. Notre Dame, 1/16 @ Clemson

2. No. 20 Virginia Tech (10-2, 4-1 ACC)

After dropping a close one to Louisville, VT has now rattled off two straight, the most recent of which being an impressive home win over Duke. Keve Aluma is averaging 15.5 points per game on 52.3% shooting as the Hokies look more and more like a legitimate contender in this conference.

This week: 1/17 @ Wake Forest

3. No. 12 Clemson (9-1, 3-1 ACC)

In the AP poll, the Tigers are currently the highest-ranked ACC team at #12. After starting off conference play with a loss to Virginia Tech, they’ve now won four straight (three in the ACC) with a home tilt with Virginia looming this weekend. Clemson employs a balanced attack offensively, as they have seven players averaging at least 5 points and nobody averaging more than 12.6.

This week: 1/16 vs. Virginia

4. No. 16 Louisville (8-1, 3-0 ACC)

The Cardinals are coming off a big 73-71 win over Virginia Tech and remain undefeated in the ACC, tied with Virginia at the top. Aside from a stinker against Wisconsin, Louisville has taken care of business. They’ve proven they’re a team who can win close games which could be crucial as we near March.

This week: 1/13 @ Wake, 1/16 @ Miami

5. Florida State (5-2, 1-1 ACC)

Having played just seven games, the Seminoles are a team we’re still trying to figure out. They followed up a three-game winning streak that included wins over Indiana, Florida, and Georgia Tech with a head-scratching 12-point loss to UCF. FSU expects to have their hands full this week as they’ll welcome in a pair of teams from North Carolina.

This week: 1/13 vs. NC State, 1/16 vs. North Carolina

6. North Carolina (8-4, 3-2 ACC)

It wasn’t always pretty but the Tar Heels have now won three in a row as they move to 3-2 in conference play. They did a better job of taking care of the ball against Syracuse (11 turnovers). Another poor shooting night was masked by the team’s 24 offensive rebounds. Again, we haven’t seen the dominant performances we’re used to seeing from Carolina teams with this much size and talent but they appear to be trending in the right direction.

This week: 1/16 @ Florida State

7. No. 19 Duke (5-3, 3-1 ACC)

The Blue Devils dropped their third game of the season last night to Virginia Tech, who led the game from start to finish. Even most of their wins haven’t come easy. It’s strange to see both members of the Tobacco Road Rivalry in the middle of the pack. It’s looking more and more likely that the two teams will be unranked when they meet for the first time on February 6th.

This week: None

8. Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 ACC)

After a dominating 101-63 win over BC to open up ACC play, the Orange have now lost their last two conference tilts. Against the Heels last night, they managed to claw back in the game on multiple occasions after Carolina looked poised to run away with it. Buddy Boeheim was on fire in the first half, but the Heels managed to contain him in the second stanza.

This week: 1/16 @ Pittsburgh

9. NC State (6-3, 2-2 ACC)

Each of the Wolfpack’s four conference games have been decided by five points or less. Having lost two in a row now after beginning ACC play with wins over North Carolina and Boston College, NC State will look to get back on track tonight against Florida State.

This week: 1/13 @ FSU, 1/16 vs. Georgia Tech

10. Pittsburgh (6-2, 2-1 ACC)

Pitt has already had three conference games postponed due to COVID but they’re coming off a 63-60 victory over Syracuse, a game in which they were down 18 points. This week’s matchup with Georgia Tech is one of the aforementioned postponements, so they’ll have to wait until Saturday to see the court again. Consequently, Saturday’s matchup will be their second consecutive game against Syracuse.

This week: 1/16 vs. Syracuse

11. Georgia Tech (6-3, 2-1 ACC)

The Yellow Jackets had a rough start to the season with losses to Georgia State and Mercer. However, they’ve gone 6-1 since then and picked up wins over blue bloods Kentucky and UNC. GT will seek its fifth straight win this weekend against NC State.

This week: 1/16 @ NC State

12. Notre Dame (3-7, 0-4 ACC)

Notre Dame’s season has certainly not gone how they expected it to go thus far. Although they have seven losses, six of those have come by ten points or less. The Irish are still seeking their first ACC win on the road tonight against Virginia.

This week: 1/13 @ UVA, 1/16 vs. BC

13. Boston College (3-9, 1-5 ACC)

Boston College laid a beating on Miami last night to pick up their first conference victory of the season and snap a four-game losing skid. The Eagles have been competitive in the majority of their games so maybe this win can be a turning point for them.

This week: 1/16 @ Notre Dame

14. Miami (5-6, 1-5 ACC)

Three of Miami’s five ACC losses came by a combined five points. The Hurricanes have been dealing with injuries for much of the season but are generally a pesky team to play when healthy. They’ll look to flip the script this weekend against Louisville.

This week: 1/16 vs. Louisville

15. Wake Forest (3-3, 0-3 ACC)

Wake has only been able to play six games thus far. Still, they are winless in conference play and haven’t been quite as competitive as the other winless ACC team (Notre Dame). They’ll try to end a three-game losing streak tonight versus Louisville.

This week: 1/13 vs. Louisville, 1/17 vs. Virginia Tech