Around the ACC | Niemo’s Power Poll | 1.24.10

Yet again this week the conference action left you wondering if anyone wants to win the league or even get a first round bye in the ACC Tournament.  clemson, who I had #2 coming into the week, lost both their games.  duke, who I thought was a solid #1, lost in Raleigh to a crappy nc state team.  And georgia tech, who I was going to move up to #2 after beating clemson at home, proved yet again that Paul Hewitt has no idea how to win outside of Atlanta when they lost at fsu on Sunday (the noles swept the jackets).  Hewitt and his jackets are now 6-29 over the last five seasons on the road in ACC play.

Games were not as competitive this week.  After close bc over miami and gt over clemson games on Tuesday, five of the final seven ACC games of the week were decided by double digits.

uva finally lost, getting blown out at wake thanks to foul trouble for star Landesberg.  And they almost lost at home to a lousy unc-wilmington team.  Still not buying into them as a contender.

At the bottom, I said whomever lost the miami-bc game would go to the #12.  And the u earned that last place moniker by blowing a 17-point second half lead to get swept by the eagles.

With each ACC team having played between four and six games, uva and maryland sit in first place, both at 3-1.  Ugh, even though it is early and won’t last, it still stings my eyes to see that.

Here is what I think the ACC rankings should be right now:

  1. nobody
  2. nobody
  3. duke
  4. maryland
  5. to 9. everyone but bc, nc state, and miami, whom I have 10 to 12.

But let’s go ahead and rank the teams just for the heck of it.  Movement since last week’s poll is as follows: ^ = moving up, – = same, v = moving down.

  1. duke (4-2) (-): lost at nc state, won at clemson
  2. maryland (3-1) (^^): won OOC, won vs. nc state
  3. wake forest (4-2) (^^): won at unc, won vs. uva
  4. clemson (3-3) (v): lost at gt, lost vs. duke
  5. georgia tech (3-3) (-) – won a home nail-biter vs. clemson, lost a nail-biter at fsu
  6. unc (1-3) (vv) – blown out by wake at home, but to be fair, didn’t have Zeller or Davis
  7. florida state (3-2) (^): won vs. gt
  8. Virginia Tech (2-2) (v): won OOC, won vs. bc
  9. uva (3-1) (-): won OOC, lost at wake
  10. nc state (2-4) (^): won vs. duke, lost at maryland
  11. boston college (2-4) (^): won at miami, lost at VT
  12. miami (1-4) (v): lost vs. bc

That said, you’d probably have a better shot right now of picking the final ACC standings if you grabbed my flat-brim VT hat, threw each school’s name in the hat, and saw what you got (that is about as scientific as I think you can be right now).

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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