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Jan
13
2014

ACC Hoops Power Poll – January 13, 2014

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Good evening, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Basketball Fans!!!

Obviously, you’ve heard this by now, but basically the entire state of North Carolina ACC teams lost their basketball games this past weekend – and we’re talking Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest.  As such, Tobacco Road dropped in our poll.  We have some very blunt comments, here, too – so we apologize in advance.

Without further ado, here we go:

  1. Syracuse – We’ve said this before, but the Orangemen are the best team in the ACC and it’s not close… my only question is when will we be talking about the region where Syracuse will get that one seed.

  1. Pittsburgh – Is Jamie Dixon an early coach of the year candidate in ACC?  Yes, it’s 100% way early – but if the season ended today, his name would be in play.  Can they survive ACC play without Durand Johnson

  2. Duke – The Devils finally started getting some production out of their guards (we are fans of Parker and Hood).  Duke bounced back quite well vs. the Hoos on Monday (when the Dukies get embarrassed, they generally come back)

  3. Virginia – The Hoos are playing like the team everyone thought they would at the beginning of the year.  The Cavaliers ran a clinic on the Wolfies – winning by 31.  Lots of teams will lose at Duke – we don’t consider this an unacceptable loss… Virginia showed guts on the road at Cameron.
  4. Florida State – Leonard Hamilton is a two-time ACC coach of the year award winner – and you can see why.  Had the best week of any team – nice road win at Clemson – and demolishing the Terps at home.

  1. North Carolina – Tar Heels basically scored a history low in the shot clock era vs. Syracuse.  That’s what an active 2-3 zone will do to you.

  1. Clemson – Meet the new grinders of the ACC.  Tigers are always going to play tough defense.  If the offense improves over these next few weeks, you could see the Tigers being a trendy team to name be watching on Selection Sunday (not saying they make it at all, but if they continue playing the way they are now, then you will be watching for their name).

  1. Notre Dame – I was bullish on Notre Dame – and I was wrong – they are going to miss Jerian Grant (in a big way).

  1. Maryland – The Terps better start defending the three-point shot or they are going to drop even further in this poll.

  1. Miami – Meet the team that’s improved every week of the season – that’s what good coaching from Jim Larranaga can do for you.

  1. North Carolina State – Losing by 31 at home?  Really, Wolfies?!?!?!  SMH!!!

  1. Georgia Tech – The Jackets are severely underrated – and could find themselves in the top 10 of this poll if they continue on last week’s success with the W over the Irish.

  1. Wake Forest – Jeff Bzdelik is 1-26 in ACC road games (and 2-49 in road games dating back to his tenure at Colorado).  Let’s say that again – that’s one win and 26 losses in ACC road games (!!!!!!!).

  1. Boston College – The Eagles won the cellar dweller battle in Blacksburg this past Saturday.  That’s the only reason they vacated our site poll cellar spot.

  1. Virginia Tech – The Hokies only have a few chances for ACC wins – and blew one vs. Boston College this past Saturday.  Take a look at the schedule here.  There aren’t many opportunities for ACC wins for the Hokies.  Maybe Miami or Wake Forest?  Maybe Maryland if lucky at home? Miami has improved every game, though (the Virginia Tech has not).  Do the Hokies have have the juice to win vs. Wake Forest?  Thinking Virginia Tech will max out at three ACC wins – would be surprised if it was higher than that number – would not be surprised if it was lower.

Thanks for checking out the post – and enjoy the games in the week ahead!!

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