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Dec
31
2014

ACC Basketball Power Rankings – December 31, 2014

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It’s almost time to celebrate a new year. A fresh start, a chance to carry out those resolutions, and 365 more opportunities for #goacc greatness. There wasn’t much #goacc in basketball circles this week, however, as most teams rounded out their non-conference slate to end 2014.

1 – Duke: Holy Toledo! The Blue Devils easily handled the Rockets Monday night at Cameron. They host Wofford tonight to ring in the new year.

2 – Virginia: The Cavaliers went undefeated in non-conference play for the first time since 2001-02. However, it wasn’t without a scare last night against Davidson.

3 – Louisville: Louisville did lose 58-50 to Kentucky, but it’s hard to drop them in the rankings for losing to that team. They also can’t be blamed for having no answer to Nick Chubb on the gridiron last night.

4 – Notre Dame:  It was a much better Tuesday for the Irish. On the hardwood, they handily defeated Hartford. In football, a last-second field goal by Kyle Brindza knocked off LSU in the Music City Bowl. A-Half C! A-Half C! A-Half C!

5 – North Carolina: It was a bittersweet week for the Tar Heels. They defeated UAB and William & Mary. However, the William & Mary game got too close for comfort, and the UAB game ended with an ACL tear for walk-on Sasha Seymore. And then there was the Quick Lane Bowl…

6 – Pittsburgh: The hubbub on campus likely revolved around new football coach Pat Narduzzi. The Panthers did knock off Florida Gulf Coast last night 71-54.

7 – NC State: The Wolfpack couldn’t pull off another comeback victory at home yesterday, falling 76-60 at the hands of Cincinnati. I would love to know how many Bearcats fans took the opportunity to troll NC State by wearing their Bengal Giovani Bernard jerseys.

8 – Miami: The Hurricanes snapped out of their malaise with a 67-40 victory over Charleston (minus the “College Of”). FUN FACT: The Cougars are coached by former Clemson assistant Earl Grant, so best of luck to them moving forward.

9 – Syracuse: Syracuse and Louisville both defeated Long Beach State this week, with the Orange doing so Sunday. Former Big East solidarity! Jim Boeheim is still not happy with his defense (or perhaps anything) about this team. It could be a long conference slate for the Orange.

10 – Georgia Tech: A late driving lay-up by Marcus Georges-Hunt was enough for the Yellow Jackets to defeat the Charlotte 49ers 67-66.

11 – Clemson: A 20-0 run and a Jaron Blossomgame double-double propelled Clemson to victory over Robert Morris last night.

12 – Boston College: Boston College defeated UMass Lowell Monday night. UMass Lowell’s teams are named the River Hawks. River hawks are better known as osprey, which would sound both cooler and less Arena Football-y. Good job, good effort, UMass Lowell.

13 – Florida State: What if I told you sometimes a rival provides a helping hand? 30 for 30 presents Blessing And A Kurtz: The 2014 FSU-Florida Basketball Game.

14 – Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons got over .500 with a 65-63 win over Richmond. Devin Thomas was the hero, tipping in a buzzer beater (in the correct basket) on a Codi Miller-McIntyre miss.

15 – Virginia Tech: The Hokies were dismantled by West Virginia last night in easily their worst loss of the season. FUN FACT II: I can’t think of West Virginia basketball without seeing their 2007 NIT Championship t-shirts, in which they presumably couldn’t afford the last “i” in Virginia. But you were trusting people from that state for realignment rumors on Twitter.

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

 



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