ACC Power Rankings: 1/6/2020

Last night on the ACC Weekly Podcast I announced my power rankings now that we are firmly into league play. I don’t think there was any real shocks, I’ll get into most of the reasons why on tonight’s episode of ACC Basketball Report, but here are the first ACC Power Rankings of 2020:

1-Duke: Fairly self explanatory. The Blue Devils may be the best team in the nation.

2-Florida State: They made Louisville look incredibly one dimensional in the second half on Saturday. Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell might be the best defensive back court in the nation.

3-Louisville: You have to put the Cardinals here almost by default because, no one else has shown that they are any good. Jordan Nwora is great, now what?

4-Virginia: The Cavaliers absolutely pasted rival Virginia Tech on Saturday and while their offense looked…better(?), that defense isn’t going anywhere.

5-Notre Dame: Say what you will, that performance Saturday was what I have been waiting for. That was the Fighting Irish team I thought I would see at the beginning of the season.

6-North Carolina State: Welcome to the throwing darts section of the power rankings. The Wolfpack look good on paper, but aren’t great on stage. Any semblance of defense would be a welcome change.

7-Virginia Tech (VPI): I am still not sold on the Hokies and I think they will fade in ACC play, but they own a win over Michigan State, which is a better win than anyone below them on this list. Mike Young has shown he was the perfect hire in Blacksburg.

8-Miami: My love for Chris Lykes runs deep. Getting lit up by Duke in Coral Gables isn’t a great look, but the ‘Canes are the only team this season to win in Champagne and the Temple win is underrated.

9-Syracuse: Yes, they lost to Notre Dame, at home. But, Elijah Hughes looks the part and if Prentiss Hubb just woke up JG3, Syracuse might have an offense to speak of.

10-Pitt: Quite frankly, they should be better. Xavier Johnson isn’t the same player as he was last season, Trey McGowens shrinks on the road and they miss Jared Wilson-Frame. That back court has serious star potential, if they get rolling, Pitt could sneak onto the bubble.

11-Clemson: Al-Amir Dawes is good. I don’t care what his percentages are, he’s a freshman that hasn’t shrunk and just went 9-10 from the line to put away North Carolina State at LittleJohn.

12-Georgia Tech: Jose Alvarado being back is absolutely huge and Moses Wright is playing like an all conference forward, but can the Jackets ever just put a complete game together? They have to shoot better from the line and stop turning the ball over.

13-UNC: Quite frankly, that team that Ole Roy ran out there Saturday just isn’t going to get it done in ACC play. They may snag some games at home, but in a game that Garrison Brooks played his guts out and scored 35, the Heels still lost by 13 at home. Not great Bob.

14-Wake Forest: Yeah, they beat Pitt in Pittsburgh. Danny Manning still coaches this team though and that game was more Pitt being bad than Wake being good. Though, we should keep an eye on Ismael Massoud.

15-Boston College: Sorry Eagles fans, I hope you enjoyed the catbird seat while you had it. There just isn’t enough talent in Chestnut Hill.

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