ACC Power Rankings: Brooklyn Edition

By Mack McCarthy

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1.  VIRGINIA 17-1.  A miracle win over Louisville showed how vulnerable the Cavaliers can be on one hand, and on the other, it proved just how resilient this bunch is.  I know playing at their pace can keep opponents hanging around sometimes, but they know how to play like this and are good at it.

2.  DUKE 13-5.  They still don’t guard as well as you’d like them to, but they can rebound and score enough to beat anyone on any night.

3.  NORTH CAROLINA 11-7.  While the Tarheels lost twice, losing to Miami on a miracle shot and at Duke is not enough to move them down very far in the rankings.  This groups has another deep run left in them.

4.  MIAMI 11-7.  The Canes bounced back with two close but really good wins over North Carolina and Virginia Tech.  While they kind of stumbled in recent weeks, they should make the second weekend of the NCAA tourney, too.

5.  VIRGINIA TECH 10-8.  The Hokies lost a heartbreaker at Miami to close out the regular season to finish 10-8.  I still ranked them just ahead of a couple clubs with better records due to the quality of their wins.

6.  NC STATE 11-7.  The Pack had an inexplicable loss to Georgia Tech but rebounded with a win over Louisville.  I never expected them to be in the position, but they have made me a believer.

7.  CLEMSON 11-7.  Despite some tough injuries, Brad Brownell has still fashioned a club that is a tough out this week and probably next week, too.  Splitting with FSU and Syracuse was a successful week.

8.  FLORIDA STATE 9-9.  Leonard Hamilton’s group need to split last week’s games to stay at .500 in the league, and they did it.  While inconsistency has plagued the Seminoles, they can still play several more weeks if they are focused on the task at hand.

9.  LOUISVILLE 9-9.  Losing twice in the final week wasn’t what they wanted.

However, with all the distractions they’ve faced, they deserve to be in the Dance.

I know the cases being made for Syracuse and Notre Dame.  I guess with some success in the ACC Tournament, they could get selected.  In my opinion, if you have a losing conference record, they only way you should get in the NCAA Tournament is to win your conference tourney.


 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