Monday, February 9, 2009

ACC Basketball Rankings February 9

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The ACC race will officially heat up this week with Duke and Carolina meeting for the first time this year. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels tip it off on Wednesday night in Durham with the ACC lead on the line.

As for the past week’s action, we saw two “up and comers” take down two “big boys” in blowout fashion as Miami defeated Wake Forest and Clemson took down Duke. But the ‘Canes and Tigers were unable to complete the weekend sweep as both lost second half leads, albeit Miami’s was at Duke.

I still have North Carolina at number in my rankings. I think they are the best team in the ACC on a neutral floor. UNC did lose to Wake on the road, but Wake has had some embarrassing losses since then that you have to take into account. I put Duke ahead of Wake because the Blue Devils did beat a Miami team that Wake had lost to earlier in the week. Also, Duke’s loss to Wake was on a last second shot in Winston Salem and home court matters on Tobacco Road. But the difference is very narrow between number 1 and number 3 and the top of the ACC is very fluid.

ACC Rankings

1. North Carolina
The Tar Heels won both of their games this week convincingly and were already at the top of the standings. UNC travels to Duke this week.

2. Duke
The Blue Devils were dangerously close to losing their second straight game before pulling out an overtime win over Miami. They host UNC this week.

3. Wake Forest
The Deacons came back strong from a blowout loss to Miami by beating BC soundly. The difference between no. 1 and no.3 is very slim.

4. Clemson
Tigers performed a choke job on Saturday and lost some of the goodwill earned with the win over Duke by losing a lead late to FSU after dominating the first 30 minutes.

5. Florida State
‘Noles got two close wins this week, including a coveted road win. Leonard Hamilton looks to be leading this team to the NCAAs for the first time since 1998.

6. Virginia Tech

7. Miami
The Hurricanes get a bump after their big win over Wake and a game they should have won at Duke.

8. Boston College

9. Maryland

10. NC State

11. Virginia

12. Georgia Tech
The Jackets lasted a whole week at #11 until they managed to “turnover” the spot to Virginia.

Season: 15-14 SU through 2/8

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  1. Anonymous12:34 PM

    It hurts to be a Georgia Tech basketball fan. Until we get a coach who runs an offense, and stresses defense, we'll wallow in the ACC cellar - a long fall from the ACC championship years of Mabury, Anderson, Scott, Oliver, Price, Dalrymple, and Sally.

    Mike in Virginia

  2. Agreed. GT needs some new blood on the bench. Maybe not at the head spot, but some of the assistants. Hewitt has lost nearly all of his assts from the 2004 championship run. I believe 1 or 2 of them might be available though.

    Hewitt deserves the right to coach this class he has coming in next year, but unless they win an NCAA Tourney game next year all bets are off regarding his future.


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