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ACC men’s basketball power rankings: North Carolina come on and raise up

The Tar Heels are on a roll

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We’re getting back into the normal swing of things Syracuse Orange fans. Let’s get right to this week’s ACC MBB Power Rankings as we had an interesting week on the court:

1. North Carolina Tar Heels (13-3, 5-0)

The Tar Heels have it going on both ends of the floor right now. They look like the best ACC team by a wide margin.

2. Duke Blue Devils (13-3, 4-1)

That sound you’re hearing is applause from ESPN executives because it looks like Duke-Carolina are going to playing some important regular season games this year.

3. NC State Wolfpack (12-4, 4-1)

An 8-0 home record is one way to help get you into the NCAA discussion. Can they win enough on the road to get there?

4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-4, 4-1)

Steve Forbes might be the most underrated portal user in the country.

5. Miami Hurricanes (12-4, 3-2)

Losing to Louisville should drop a team down a lot but no one else is really deserving right now. That’s not a good sign for the league.

6. Clemson Tigers (12-4, 2-3)

Clemson beat a BC team missing three rotation players. It broke a losing streak but is that enough to make you think the Tigers can get back in the title race?

7. Florida State Seminoles (10-6, 4-1)

We probably should have known better than to write off Leonard Hamilton in December. Can the Seminoles get back into the NCAA picture?

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

8. Syracuse Orange (11-5, 2-3)

The Orange need a road win. Will it come tomorrow at Pitt? If not, the Syracuse fans will be flooding Jay Wright’s mentions.

9. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-6, 2-3)

Split two games without Cattoor which is remarkable because they haven’t had to play without him that long in the last seven seasons.

10. Virginia Cavaliers (11-5, 2-3)

Should Virginia be ahead of Syracuse? Are these your power rankings? Ok, now that we’ve settled that, let’s move on.

11. Pitt Panthers (10-6, 1-4)

Would be great if Pitt waits a few days until they start to play well again. Let the Orange get the sweep, then go on a run. Sounds like a good plan right Jeff Capel?

12. Boston College Eagles (10-6, 1-4)

After this week, we recommend that BC students avoid wearing anything orange around any basketball or hockey athletes.

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-8, 1-4)

Judging by some comments this weekend, some people would rather have one win and one close loss in games against Duke then be a few games over .500. Somehow I don’t think Damon Stoudamire is one of those people.

14. Louisville Cardinals (6-10, 1-4)

No idea how the Cardinals won at Miami. Like how did this happen?

15 . Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-10, 2-4)

When we say that Notre Dame is going to be a pain in the ass to play this season, we mean it as a compliment.

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