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Syracuse women’s basketball: ACC Rankings and AP Poll Update for December 30th

Your weekly look at the Orange and NCAAW landscape heading into 2023.

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There’s no better way to end 2022 than with one final look at your Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (10-3, 1-1).

As always, here’s our weekly look at how the Orange performed last week, as well as what’s going on across the ACC and broader NCAAW landscape.

Let’s hop right in.

The Orange this week and next week

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Thursday, December 29.

Syracuse had a quiet week this week, going 0-1 after a Thursday night 86-77 loss to Louisville, which saw the Orange face one of the hottest programs in the conference right now.

Looking ahead, the road only gets tougher from here. This week, Syracuse will suit up for back-to-back home games, first against #6 NC State (11-2, 1-1) on New Year’s Day before a much easier matchup against Pittsburgh (7-6, 0-2) Thursday evening.

As of now, Syracuse is 0-3 against Quad 1 opponents (all road matchups versus Penn State, Purdue, and Louisville). On Sunday, the Orange hope to take advantage of a Wolfpack squad coming off a 14-point home loss to Duke.

The TNIAAM Orange Player of the Week

This week’s winner: Teisha Hyman

We’ve only got a one-game sample size to work with here, but Hyman’s 27-point performance on 55% shooting versus the Cardinals Thursday night was easily her best of the season. Hyman has picked up right where she left off last year as a scorer, and she’s proved to be a quality contributor against ACC competition during her tenure with the Orange.

(Honorable mention: the numbers don’t jump out, but Dariauna Lewis recorded her fifth double-double of the season against a physically talented Cardinals team. She was the only big Syracuse had who could compete on the boards and hold up defensively in the paint.)

ACC power rankings and a look around the conference

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Thursday, December 29.

Here are the latest standings in the ACC:

2022-2023 ACC Women’s Basketball Standings

ACC Team Current Conference Ranking Last Week's Conference Ranking Conf. Record Overall Record
ACC Team Current Conference Ranking Last Week's Conference Ranking Conf. Record Overall Record
Duke 1 T-1 2-0 12-1
Notre Dame 2 3 2-0 11-1
Florida State 3 4 2-0 13-2
Louisville 4 6 2-0 11-4
Virginia 5 7 2-1 13-1
NC State 6 T-1 1-1 11-2
Syracuse 7 5 1-1 10-3
Boston College 8 9 1-1 11-4
Clemson 9 12 1-1 10-4
Virginia Tech. 10 8 1-2 11-2
Wake Forest 11 15 1-2 10-4
North Carolina 12 10 0-1 9-3
Georgia Tech. 13 11 0-2 9-4
Miami T-14 T-13 0-2 6-4
Pittsburgh T-14 T-13 0-2 5-3

As you can see, Syracuse is in the clear middle of the pack, with not many games separating them from the top or the bottom of the conference standings.

Heading into the weekend and 2023, here are some games to watch for this week with the ACC programs:

  • Louisville (11-4, 2-0) @ Duke (12-1, 2-0) on Sunday early afternoon
  • #13 North Carolina (9-3, 0-1) @ #7 Virginia Tech. (11-2, 1-2) on Sunday late afternoon
  • #6 NC State (11-2, 1-1) @ Syracuse (10-3, 1-1) on Sunday evening
  • Clemson (10-4, 1-1) @ Florida State (13-2, 2-0) on Thursday evening
  • Virginia (13-1, 2-1) @ #7 Virginia Tech. (11-2, 1-2) on Thursday evening

Latest changes in the AP poll

Note: AP top-25 poll information includes games from up to Monday, December 26.

If last week saw the least amount of change in the AP standings, this week easily saw the most so far this season. The top five for this week remained the same, but 17 of the next 20 spots saw different teams in different places, with some sizeable rises and falls.

For context, here is the latest AP top 25 from earlier this week:

NCAA Women’s Basketball Latest AP Poll

Team This Week's Ranking Last Week's Ranking Overall Record Points
Team This Week's Ranking Last Week's Ranking Overall Record Points
South Carolina 1 1 12-0 700
Stanford 2 2 13-1 672
Ohio State 3 3 13-0 632
Indiana 4 4 12-0 620
Notre Dame 5 5 10-1 591
NC State 6 7 11-1 531
Virginia Tech. 7 8 11-1 508
UConn 8 9 9-2 499
LSU 9 10 12-0 442
UCLA 10 11 12-1 433
Utah 11 12 12-0 398
Iowa 12 13 10-3 374
North Carolina 13 6 9-2 373
Michigan 14 19 11-1 342
Iowa State 15 14 8-2 337
Maryland 16 15 10-3 304
Oregon 17 16 10-2 260
Arizona 18 18 10-1 238
Gonzaga 19 22 12-2 155
Oklahoma 20 23 10-1 139
Creighton 21 21 8-3 108
Kansas 22 20 10-1 94
Baylor 23 24 9-3 93
Arkansas 24 17 13-2 90
St. John's 25 25 12-0 75

For the first time this season, no new teams found their way into the top 25 and on the flip side, none of the top 25 programs from last week dropped out of the AP standings.

North Carolina and Arkansas are the biggest fallers this week, each dropping seven spots (and that’s before taking into account another UNC loss that took place after the AP poll dropped). Three teams (Gonzaga, Oklahoma, and Michigan) all made significant jumps, rising at least three spots in this week’s poll.

Three ACC teams (Notre Dame, NC State, and Virginia Tech.) make up the current AP top 10, which is the most out of any conference despite UNC’s drop-off. Two more ACC teams (Louisville with 19 points and Duke with 18 points) sit just along the periphery of the top 25.

In other words, the ACC is turning into a murderer’s row of the best teams in the country. Regardless of how the team performs, the Orange are going to be battling among the NCAAW juggernauts to begin 2023.