ACC Basketball Power Rankings – December 10, 2014


With the ACC Football Championship behind us, the only thing left in football season is the bowl parade during the holidays and this newfangled playoff. Until then, we have basketball to entertain us! By entertain us, of course, I mean give us a few games to watch but not that many because student-athletes will be sprinkling in final exams over the next few weeks.

Nonetheless, it’s a good time to check in on the hardwood happenings. Time for the All Sports Discussion Power Rankings to convert into basketball mode.

1 – Duke: With two wins against top-25 teams, the Blue Devils pace the league after one month.

2 – Virginia: Differentiating between Louisville and Virginia at this point is really difficult. I’m giving the Cavaliers the nod based on their conference win against Maryland. Wait, what?

3 – Louisville: Louisville picked up a big win last night against Indiana to improve to 3-0 against the Big Ten this season. Too bad they couldn’t have played all of the games in the ACC/B1G Challenge this year.

4 – Miami: Jim Larranaga’s bunch has beaten Florida and Illinois. If not for a loss to the Packers, they’d be undefeated. It’s hard to stop Aaron Rodgers the way he has been playing lately.

5 – North Carolina: One of November’s great joys is watching UNC fans lose their mind when this team *always* starts slow. The Tar Heels have been undefeated in November just three times in Roy Williams’ 12 years there, but he should definitely be fired this time.

6 – Notre Dame: The Irish don’t have a single true road game on their non-conference schedule. You’d swear they were coached by a former Duke assistant or something.

7 – NC State: The Wolfpack may be seventh in these power rankings, but they are alone atop the ACC standings until Saturday. The perks of winning the first conference game of the season.

8 – Syracuse: The loss to Michigan is slowly working its way to “bad loss” territory. It’s like the Rube Goldberg machine of losses.

9 – Pittsburgh: Three losses, but two were in Hawaii and the other was in Assembly Hall. If they can avoid playing in places with two a’s and two i’s, it should be a good year for the Panthers.

10 – Georgia Tech: NJIT was Georgia Tech’s best friend, stealing the shine from the Yellow Jackets’ loss to SC Upstate with their upset minutes prior. Oh, and Georgia Tech’s football team was a nice distraction that day, too.

11 – Clemson: Bad news! Clemson has lost to Winthrop and Gardner-Webb (and Rutgers). Good news! They also picked up a win against Arkansas on Sunday.

12 – Florida State: If the early-season proceedings are any indication, it could be a long year in Tallahassee for Seminole hoops.

13 – Boston College: Puerto Rico was unkind to the Eagles, but a couple of wins since returning to the homeland has Boston College pointed in the right direction again.

14 – Virginia Tech: The Hokies have been losing, but they have lost close. Three of their four defeats have been by three or fewer points.

15 – Wake Forest: Jesus, I feel like I’m just picking on these guys now.

Until next week, peace, love, and #goacc.


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