UVA No. 1, Clemson No. 2 in this week's ACC Power Rankings

By Mack McCarthy

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1.  VIRGINIA.  14 straight wins.  Let’s dispense with a couple post-season awards already.  Regular season Champion, UVA.  Coach of the Year, Tony Bennett.  That said, there are a couple potential challenges this week at Florida State and hosting Virginia Tech.

2.  CLEMSON.  Losing Grantham hurt, but didn’t kill, the Tigers’ chances.  They had a really good win vs. UNC and another win over WF, and their only game this week is vs. Pitt.  AMAZING that Brad Brownell has Clemson in this spot, and if not for Tony Bennett, Brownell would be the Coach of the Year.  Heck, maybe I awarded it prematurely?

3.  DUKE.  Losing to, winless in the Big East, St. John’s is really inexplicable.  However, other than Clemson and Miami, everyone had some hiccups, so . . .

4.  MIAMI.  A solid week for the ‘canes with a couple wins was enough to move them up to #4.

5.  NORTH CAROLINA.  After losing 3 straight, Carolina righted the ship.  A little.  They better be pointed in the proper direction with Duke, NC State, and Notre Dame in a five day stretch this week.

6.  FLORIDA STATE.  They couldn’t stand prosperity managing to lose to Wake Forest and then beat Louisville.  Monster opportunity this week vs. UVA.

7.  NC STATE.  With everyone showing some vulnerabilities, I couldn’t figure out why the Wolfpack shouldn’t be included.  A blowout win over Notre Dame was good enough to go from teetering into the rankings for Kevin Keatts’ bunch.  If they are to stay in this list next week, however, they will have to play well with a couple of interesting games coming up at Virginia Tech and hosting UNC.


VIRGINIA TECH.  Still on the cusp since they split last week, getting a road win at BC but dropping a home game vs. Miami.  This is a very big week for the Hokies, hosting NC State and visiting Virginia.  A sweep might just put them in the “dance”, but they can’t have anything less than a split.

LOUISVILLE.  Losing 3 in a week will definitely drop you from the rankings.  Losing to Virginia and FSU could be excused, but losing to the Orange in the Yum Center? Not so much. 


 About the Author:  Mack McCarthy has spent over 40 years in Division I Athletics including 19 years as head basketball coach at Chattanooga, VCU, and East Carolina.  Mack led his Chattanooga teams to the NCAA Tournament five times including a trip to the Sweet 16.  Mack works as a TV Color Analyst for multiple networks covering the ACC, SEC, Conference USA, Big South, CAA and Southern Conferences. 

William Roth