ACC Basketball Power Rankings: January 15, 2015


There weren’t a lot of shakeups in last week’s rankings, which virtually guaranteed a complete remodeling for this week. And boy, did we get that. Now to sort out the wreckage and try to rank them one through fifteen … and laugh a little.

1 – Virginia: Now just one unbeaten remains in the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers. So there’s really only one place they belong. After this? HUGE shrug.

2 – Notre Dame: The Irish kept it close with Virginia on Saturday … and then kept it close beating Georgia Tech, which is proving to be a scrappy team that might not ever win an ACC game.

3 – North Carolina: Two wins for the Heels by a combined three points this week. The road gets easier this weekend, as they will host a Hokie squad that will come in overconfident after winning the Transitive Property College Football Playoff.

4 – Louisville:  That marquee Duke-Louisville matchup ESPN is shoving in our face for Saturday will probably be fun, but the Worldwide Leader is probably wishing they hadn’t combined for a 1-3 record this week.

5 – NC State: Here is an exclusive look at the throwback jerseys the Wolfpack wore against Duke, in case you missed the game.

6 – Duke: What if I told you that some milestones weren’t meant to be crossed? ESPN’s 30 for 30 presents 997th Heaven: Coach K’s Never-Ending Journey to 1,000 Wins.

7 – Miami: Stand back! There’s a Hurricane coming through! Man, the ACC is going to be a lot of fun this year if Miami can prove Tuesday night at Cameron was not a fluke.

8 – Syracuse: Thus far, the Orange have mastered the ability to win every conference game without once looking like they might actually be a good team. We might still be a week away from that gig running out.

9 – Clemson: Whatever, they lost to Virginia, but how many Cavaliers you see in the NBA hitting volleyball-inspired buzzer beaters like Trevor Booker?

10 – Pittsburgh: Just out of curiousity, do you reckon people sending Mark May poop in the mail is a regular thing? At least he didn’t get called an angry leprechaun like Brian Kelly … or that not-family-friendly thing Big Ten legend Scott Van Pelt was called.

11 – Boston College: For the first time since Tommy Amaker took over at Harvard, the Eagles defeated the Crimson in their annual basketball meeting. You know, in case you needed more proof that nothing could go Duke’s way this week.

12 – Wake Forest: Danny Manning picked up his first conference win as coach of the Demon Deacons with Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech. I can neither confirm nor deny that he sent a text to Buzz Williams that simply read “Nananana boo boo.

13 – Florida State: Ladies and gentlemen, Florida State basketball.

14 – Georgia Tech: It was good to see Calvin Johnson’s name on Twitter a lot this weekend, if only because Dez Bryant either completing or not completing the process of a catch brought back fond memories of the many NFL touchdowns Megatron has lots to arcane NFL rules.


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

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