ACC Basketball Rankings Feb. 1-Feb. 8; Duke Still No. 1, but Barely.
Will someone please stand up and take charge of this conference? Duke leads the way, but they are hardly without flaws. This week Georgia Tech showed their potential in hammering Wake Forest. North Carolina couldn’t build on the momentum of the NC State game, and lost at home to Virginia.
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Jan 18 – Jan 25 |Jan 25 – Feb 1
1) Duke Blue Devils (17-4, 5-2) Last week – 1
The good news this week was that Duke beat one the ACC’s better teams, Florida State, 70-56 in Durham on Wednesday. The bad news is that they got hammered by Georgetown Saturday 89-77. The Blue Devils may very well win the ACC, but I don’t think they are capable of making a deep NCAA run. They just aren’t physical enough inside, and, outside of the Clemson win, they are struggling to beat quality teams on the road. Georgia Tech and their impressive front line come to Cameron on Thursday. They head to Boston on Saturday to play a dangerous BC squad.
2) Florida State Seminoles (16-5, 4-3) Last week – 2
3) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-5, 4-3) Last week – 7
4) Virginia Cavaliers (13-6, 4-2) Last week 5
5) Clemson Tigers (16-6, 4-4) Last week – 4
The Tigers struggled in the 75-69 loss to Boston College without PG Demontez Stitt. I went down to Clemson to watch the Tigers and see how they would respond in a game against ACC leader Maryland. It was a gut check win for Clemson. Without Stitt, the Tigers still had trouble scoring, but they played great defense holding the Terps to 53 points. Trevor Booker carried Clemson late and the Tigers survived this game. Stitt has got to get healthy. Clemson can’t make it much longer without him.
7) Maryland Terrapins (14-6, 4-2) Last week – 8
8) Virgina Tech Hokies(16-4, 3-3) Last week – 6
9) Boston College Eagles (12-10, 3-5) Last week – 11
BC had a good solid win over Clemson 75-69 Tuesday, but couldn’t come up with a home win over Florida State. They lost that one 61-57. The Eagles play hard, but they have trouble scoring consistently. They don’t shoot the three well either. They get Duke at home on Saturday.
10) Miami Hurricanes (16-5, 2-5) Last week – 12
Good for the Hurricanes showing some heart in beating Virginia Tech 82-75 down in Miami. They shot a splendid 63 percent from the field. Earlier in the week they got roughed up by Maryland 81-59. I think the Canes are back to reality this week when they go on the road to face Wake Forest Tuesday, then Saturday at Florida St.
I think most everyone thought after the Tar Heels beat NC State in Raleigh they were about to go on a run. Roy Williams had righted the ship. Nope dead wrong. The Heels were humiliated in Chapel Hill by Virginia, 75-60. What’s the problem? Do the guards stink? Are the interior guys soft? Are the HS All-Stars overrated? Is Roy Williams doing the worst coaching job of his career? Is it just mental? I don’t know but the Tar Heels are in real trouble. Two road games at Virginia Feb. 4 and at Maryland Feb. 7 may put the Tar Heels and their fans out of their misery.
12) North Carolina State Wolfpack(14-8, 2-5) Last week 10
I said last week, if NC State lost to UNC at home that their NCAA chances were just about gone. They did and they are. That was a game the Wolfpack couldn’t afford to lose and it dropped them to 2-5 in the ACC. The 77-42 win Saturday over NC Central is pretty inconsequential in my eyes. Head coach Syndey Lowe and the Pack are headed towards another disappointing season. Road games Wednesday at Virginia and Saturday at Georgia Tech provide no break.
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