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ACC men’s basketball power rankings: North Carolina takes the top spot

Just in time for a Syracuse visit

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Clemson Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

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 (11-3, 3-0)

A big road win at Clemson for Hubert Davis’ squad. Not sure how they held the Tigers to 1-18 from 3, but it might be wise for the Orange to not settle for jumpers next weekend.

2. Duke Blue Devils (11-3, 2-1)

Mark Mitchell had himself a week with 44 points and 20 rebounds in the two wins. Maybe more parents should call out their kids on social media.

3. NC State Wolfpack (11-3, 3-0)

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 (11-3, 3-0)

The BC-Wake road trip in a few weeks looms a lot larger for Syracuse than many might have thought.

5. Miami Hurricanes (11-3, 2-1)

Miami dropped 60 in the second half on Clemson but couldn’t survive OT at Wake. Both games were without Wooga Poplar so we can’t penalize the Canes too much.

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Miami (FL) Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

6. Clemson Tigers (11-3, 1-2)

This is the first adversity faced by the Tigers this season. Will be interesting to see how they bounce back at Virginia Tech this week.

7. Syracuse Orange (10-4, 1-2)

Big week for the Orange coming up as they need some wins to keep pace with the teams projected to be around them.

8. Virginia Cavaliers (11-4, 2-2)

Losing road games isn’t the problem, it’s getting beat by double-digits that doesn’t look good.

9. Boston College Eagles (10-4, 1-2)

Big comeback win at Georgia Tech keeps the Eagles in a position they haven’t experienced recently- six games over .500 as the new year begins.

10. Pitt Panthers (10-5, 1-3)

Resolution: A lottery selection for Carlton Carrington because we really don’t want to see him again next season.

11. Florida State Seminoles (8-6, 2-1)

Florida State is looking like they could be a spoiler this year, which won’t help the ACC’s quest for more NCAA bids. Seriously, we know Virginia Tech isn’t a team in need of protecting, but try and get back to 7-8 bids.

11. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-5, 1-2)

Hunter Cattoor’s played 10 years for the Hokies and ACC refs are calling those fouls on him? #disrespectful

13 . Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-9, 1-3)

Credit to the Irish who are showing some fight in the Joyce Center. Again, Jim Phillips needs to tell these teams that are sub .500 in non-conference to stop trying to win conference games.

14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-6, 1-2)

That goes for you too Georgia Tech. You got your win over Duke, so let’s try again next year shall we?

15. Louisville Cardinals (5-9, 0-3)

Now see, Kenny Payne is doing it right. That’s why he’ll be rewarded with a sweet buyout in a couple of months. Nice work Kenny, you’ve earned it.

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