Around the ACC | Power Rankings and VT/League Notes

Here is what I learned this week:

  • I’m not that smart – I talked all week about how hard it was to win on the road in this league, then clemson wins at nc state, georgia tech takes down unc, and maryland wins at bc to start the weekend.  The home teams did win the final three games of the weekend, though, putting home teams at 16-6 in ACC action.
  • I’m not that smart, Part II – I dog georgia tech all week for being 5-28 in their last 33 ACC road games, then they win at Chapel Hill, though they blew a 20 point lead and briefly trailed.
  • Don’t ever put too much stock in one game or one week, therefore…
  • I’m not going to panic about how Tech looked at fsu.  But the Hokies may be in trouble against wake, georgia tech, and unc (and duke, of course) with their talented bigs inside.  Thank goodness the Hokies have such a weak schedule.
  • I wonder if Jeff Allen is struggling because of nagging injuries.  I know he was battling knee and other issues coming into the season, but Greenberg said he would play through them this year.  With his struggles the last few games, I can’t help but think if injuries are affecting his play.
  • The Hokies had put together six strong first halves in a row before Saturday night.  But Tech played two bad halves at fsu, and have still yet to have a 40 minute strong game, other than maybe seton hall.
  • Gani Lawal and Trevor Booker are my front-runners for ACC Player of the Year right now.  Both are in the top 10 in the league in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots, and Booker is also up there in steals.  They are both beasts and have a very diverse offensive game, plus are monsters in the paint (and the press in Booker’s case) on defense.
  • Malcolm Delaney, Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer, and Al-Farouq Aminu round out my ACC First Team to date.

Here are my updated ACC Power Rankings (my ranking for each team going into ACC play is in parenthesis):

  1. duke: 3-1 (1) – bc and wake hung tough for a half with the devils but duke blew both teams out in the second half with their depth.  They aren’t as far ahead of the rest of the league as I thought, but they are still the clear cut #1.
  2. clemson: 3-1 (3) – The tigers nearly blew huge leads against unc and nc state, but held on to win both games.  They don’t play unc again so they have the tiebreaker now.  Tough week for them this week – they play georgia tech and duke.
  3. unc: 1-2 (2) – The heels lost both games this week with Tyler Zeller out injured.  They just aren’t matching the intensity other teams are playing them with.  They had that for their ACC opener (Hokies drew the short straw on that one), but haven’t since.  They have to realize every team is up for beating the defending national champs.
  4. maryland: 2-1 (8) – The terps are just a jump shot away from being 3-0.  Instead they lost by 2 in OT at wake forest.  They rebounded to wax bc.
  5. georgia tech: 2-2 (7) – You can sum up the jackets in one term: bi-polar.  They lose at uva, then come back and win at unc for just their sixth win in their last 34 ACC road games.  They’ve beaten duke and unc, and lost to fsu and uva.  That’s freshmen and bad coaching for you.
  6. wake forest: 2-2 (6) – Nice win against the terps but then playing at duke was too much for them.
  7. VIRGINIA TECH: 1-2 (5) – Hokies looked great against the canes, building a 30+ point lead in the first half and Tech held serve at home.  The florida state game exposed a lot of Hokie fans’ worst fears as the noles completely shut down Tech inside.  The Hokie big men were just 3/17 from the floor.  But the Hokie D was solid and losing on the road is never a disgrace in this league.
  8. florida state: 2-2 (4) – The noles lost at home to nc state.  That’s not good.  They then beat the Hokies at home.  That’s good.  Don’t know what to think of this team.  Their offense is terrible, but their defense is fantastic.  They’ll be in every game but without a go-to guy at the end of games, I don’t like them, especially against the teams that can match their bigs.
  9. uva: 3-0 (10) – I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid yet.  They’ve beaten the #10 and #11 teams on my list.  The georgia tech win was nice, but as I’ve pointed out, the jackets suck on the road unless it is against a top name team.
  10. miami: 1-3 (9) – The canes had about as bad of a week as you possibly can.  They fell behind by 35 to VT and lost by 15, then followed up that turd-worthy performance by losing by 18 at uva.  They have bc at home this week.  bc beat them earlier in the year.  The loser of this game will be #12 in my power poll next week.
  11. nc state: 1-3 (12) – Movin’ on up!  The win at fsu was a big one for this team.  Scott Wood, a freshman, went nuts with 31 points, more than doubling his previous high.  They then almost beat clemson at home after falling way behind… but they didn’t.
  12. boston college: 1-3 (11) – Wow, is this team bad.  They have to travel to miami and VT this week after losing by 20 at duke and 16 at home to maryland (it wasn’t that close).

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  • TyHokie

    To me, this team looks like they’ll finish the season on the tourney bubble. Nine wins in the ACC and we should be in but the pollsters don’t love the Hokies.

  • http://blog.toddwickersty.com Wick

    What do you think about the pack upsetting duke?

    • Niemo

      I think this is the craziest ACC season I’ve ever seen and we are only 3-5 games deep per team. Up is down, left is right, it is bizarro ACC!

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