UVA climbs atop ACC Power Rankings
By Mack McCarthy
AND WE THOUGHT LAST WEEK WAS CRAZY IN THE RANKINGS!
Duke loses, albeit on the road, to unranked (in my power rankings) NC State (can you imagine how good the 'Pack is going to be after a couple recruiting classes by Kevin Keatts?).
Carolina loses. TWICE! Miami has a terrible loss, but a great win. Etc. Do you see why these rankings are so volatile and difficult to get right?
Could there be only 7 teams from the ACC in the tourney? Before it’s all over, we might come full circle back to the original thinking, but in the meantime, right now this is how it looks:
1. VIRGINIA. They just keep defending, and getting more efficient on offense. And winning.
2. DUKE. We’ve been warning that the defense wasn’t good enough, and that, indeed, was the case in Raleigh. However, don’t think for a minute that Coach K won’t get this figured out.
3. MIAMI. They bounced back from a really bad loss at GT with a really good win vs FSU. Big week with Clemson and Duke looming.
4. FLORIDA STATE. One good win and one good loss drops them a spot due to the head to head with rival Miami.
5. UNC. Two quality losses keeps them in the top 5?! Notre Dame coming up.
6. CLEMSON. Might still be undervaluing the Tigers, but we’ve got them solidly in the rankings now.
7. NOTRE DAME. Despite losing, maybe the most valuable player in the league, Bonzie Colson, they had a couple solid wins over Syracuse and NC State.
*VT drops out after a couple lackluster efforts vs Syracuse and UVA.
SYRACUSE beat the Hokies and looked good, but followed that up with two losses. Facing road trips to Virginia and Florida State this week will probably preclude the Orange from getting back in the rankings next week. LOUISVILLE continues to look marginal at best in terms of a tournament bid. Talent is there, but something is missing. Could NC State or BC or someone else make a run?
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, and Southern Conferences.