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ACC men’s basketball power rankings: Clemson remains in the driver’s seat

At least one school is helping the ACC Non Conference record

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If it’s Monday. it’s time to give the people what they want, and that includes you Syracuse Orange fans. Let’s get right to this week’s ACC MBB Power Rankings as we head into a slow week due to finals.

1. Clemson Tigers (9-0, 1-0)

Another undefeated week for Clemson. Syracuse fans might be conflicted about the Tigers with Joe Girard, but hey we’ve got Brad Brownell to annoy us.

2. Virginia Cavaliers (8-1, 1-0)

Isaac McKneely didn’t just light up Syracuse. He’s shooting 25 for 43 from 3 this season. Seems unsustainable if you ask us.

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3. North Carolina Tar Heels (7-2, 1-0)

UNC couldn’t get it done against UConn and we’re not happy that we had to watch Danny Hurley celebrate another win in MSG.

4. Miami Hurricanes (7-2, 1-0)

Jim Larrañaga was on the LeBatard Show the other day and he said Wooga Poplar will be a NBA Lottery pick this year. Miami followed up the hype by getting blown out by Colorado on Sunday.

5. Duke Blue Devils (6-3, 0-1)

Kyle Filipowski’s one of three players in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding along with PJ Hall and Quinten Post. Two of these guys are going to be All-ACC 1st team and well sorry Quinten.

6. NC State Wolfpack (6-2, 1-0)

We’re approaching the muddled middle here. It feels like these teams are just going to trade wins and keep themselves all out of the NCAA Tournament in the end.

7. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3, 1-0)

Hunter Cattoor is the name you know but the Hokies are 4th in the ACC in scoring defense so far this season. Maybe the state should rebrand to “Virginia is for Defenders”

8. Pitt Panthers (7-3, 0-1)

Blake Hinson’s cooking right now. He’s so hot he’s going to be playing quarterback for the Steelers and the Penguins power play this week.

9. Syracuse Orange (7-3, 0-1)

Beating Georgetown feels good no matter how lousy they are. Judah Mintz is living at the foul line with 71 made free throws in ten games.

10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3, 0-0)

Wake lost to LSU and after watching the Tigers the other night it’s hard to put them much higher this week.

11. Boston College Eagles (8-3, 0-1)

Nice OOC win for the Eagles over St. John’s in Brooklyn. Funny all the “Syracuse should have hired Pitino” people have been quiet the last couple of weeks.

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-3, 1-0)

They didn’t build off the Duke win, which is a common theme for the ACC this season. Win a big game and then drop a terrible non-conference one.

13. Florida State Seminoles (4-4, 0-1)

Doesn’t look like Leonard Hamilton’s squad is headed for a bounce-back year. Will he finally start to show his age on the sideline?

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14 . Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-5, 0-1)

There is some hope for Irish fans.

15. Louisville Cardinals (4-4, 0-1)

Losing to DePaul? No idea how Louisville almost beat Texas but now it’s a question of not if, but when Kenny Payne is fired. Mick Cronin’s name is already surfacing as replacement and on behalf of the rest of the ACC we say no thanks, we’re good.

Ok, that’s our list. What did we get wrong this week?