ACC Basketball: Week 6 Power Rankings
Week 6 in the ACC
Some teams in the ACC continue to impress. There are still three teams with just one loss: Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Miami. Also, there are four teams with two losses: University of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina State. Oh yeah, and the Duke Blue Devils are still undefeated.
Miami, although 5-and-1, hasn’t had a game in the past week, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t moved in the power rankings.
The Clemson Tigers look to be improving even though their only game in the last week was a loss.
Florida went 1-and-1 on the week being completely blown out by in-state rival Florida. They continue on their quest for consistency behind team leader Michael Snaer.
The struggles continue for Boston College but they managed a victory on Dec. 8. Ryan Anderson clearly hasn’t fully recovered from his ankle injury, and can’t find the consistent scoring that he’s capable of.
Rounding out the ACC, in no specific order, is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have a losing record in the early going, even with two returning starters from last season. Wake Forest’s roster is largely built up of freshman, which is undoubtedly why they are playing so poorly.
We have not yet reached the thick of the 2012-13 season, but inter-conference play is just under a month away. Teams that want a chance to contend in this competitive conference will want to have a solid record come ACC play. When the match-ups are between conference rivals anything can happen, and a team that seemed to be on top can find themselves slipping.
No. 12 Boston College
Although Boston College won their last game against St. Francis (NY) on Dec. 8, they still haven't climbed out of the bottom spot in the ACC. Freshman Guards Oliver Hanlan and Joe Rahon continue to play at a high level, but without Ryan Anderson playing at 100% the Eagles are doomed. Their next game is against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday Dec. 16. With a commanding victory, and the teams ahead of them struggling, BC could be out of last place by this time next week.
No. 11 Wake Forest
Wake Forest dropped from No. 10 to No. 11 in the past week due to their loss to Seton Hall on Saturday Dec. 8. Seton Hall is not an inferior team, but with a 4-and-5 record Wake Forest is one of two teams in the ACC with a losing record. They won't play again until Tuesday Dec. 18 when they face off against Furman. Senior guard C.J. Harris needs to get his young teammates involved for the Demon Deacons to avoid a season littered with losses.
No. 10 Clemson
Clemson climbed up a spot in the rankings regardless of their loss to then No. 8 Arizona on Dec. 8. The final score does not reflect how close the game really was. Although they lost by twelve, they hung in there late and gave the Wildcats a run for their money. Moving forward freshman guard Adonis Filer should she crucial minutes due to his highly competitive efforts against Arizona. The Tiger's next contest is against Florida A&M on Saturday Dec. 15.
No. 9 Florida State
Florida State continues to struggle. They weren't expected to challenge the Florida Gators on Dec. 5, but they got blown out by 25 points resulting in their third consecutive loss. The Seminoles bounced back blowing out Maine, but Maine is not a formidable opponent. This coming Monday Dec. 17 Florida State will play Louisiana-Monroe, which should be an easy win, although their losses to Mercer and South Alabama should have been easy wins too. This team is very questionable at 5-and-4. They have the talent to turn it around and go on a run, or maybe they are just a mediocre team after all.
No. 8 Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a win over North Carolina-Wilmington on Dec. 8. They only have two losses thus far, and one is to an undefeated Illinois team. Georgia tech has a stretch here where they could win three or four of their next four games going into inter-conference play. If freshman guard/forward Marcus Georges-Hunt continues to produce like he has, this team could ruffle some ACC feathers. They next play Alabama State on Monday Dec. 17.
No. 7 Miami
Miami did not have a game in the past week, but they still dropped a spot due to the recent play of this weeks No. 6 team. Miami however can easily rise back up, and has the potential to be a top three or four team. With players like Shane Larkin and Durand Scott on the perimeter, and Reggie Johnson and Kenny Kadji in the post, the Hurricanes can create some significant match-up problems for opponents. Miami plays an undefeated Charlotte team on Friday Dec. 14 followed by another tough match-up against the University of Central Florida on Tuesday Dec. 18. With strong performances in these games they will move back up.
No. 6 Virginia
Virginia beat Tennessee in a defensive battle on Dec. 5, and also defeated Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 8. They are currently rolling on a 7-game winning streak which has pushed them into the No. 6 spot. Akil Mitchell has been the emotional leader of this team, and is scoring and rebounding at a high level. They don't play again until next Wednesday Dec. 19 when they will face off against Morgan State.
No. 5 Maryland
Maryland is on an 8-game winning streak and will look to extend that tonight, Dec. 12, against Monmouth. They convincingly defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 5 and South Carolina State on Saturday Dec.8. Dezmine Wells has really fit in well for the Terps and is scoring at will. Also, Alex Len continues to score well and out rebound his opponents After tonight's game they won't play again until their match-up against Stony Brook on Friday Dec. 21.
No. 4 North Carolina State
N.C. State is still caught on the outskirts of the top 3 in the ACC. The Wolfpack defeated Cleveland State on Saturday Dec. 8 with a final score of 80-to-63. They have four players scoring double digits, and freshman Rodney Purvis has been a spark off the bench. Freshman forward T.J. Warren is proving himself as a knockdown shooter shooting over 55% from behind the arc. N.C. State has plenty of depth and should move up in the rankings with ease. They next play Norfolk State on Saturday Dec. 15 and Stanford on Tuesday Dec. 18.
No. 3 Virginia Tech
The surprise team thus far in the ACC is holding their own through week 6. They have maintained their position because they beat a ranked Oklahoma State team that embarrassed N.C. State. Virginia Tech did lose in a close one to West Virginia on Dec. 8 by one point, but they bounced back beating Mississippi Valley State this past Monday Dec. 10. Erick Green has been simply amazing, and no one has slowed him down. Jarell Eddie struggled in the West Virginia loss, but he will continue to be an outstanding shooter for the Hokies. Their next game is against Georgia Southern on Saturday Dec. 15.
No. 2 North Carolina
North Carolina is still No. 2 in the power rankings. Their most recent game was a victory over East Tennessee State on Dec. 8. This is a team that will improve as the season progresses. It is difficult to start a season with a freshman point guard, as well as underclassmen in the post. James McAdoo has been contributing well both scoring and on the boards. The Tar Heels could really thrive in this conference with their shooters Reggie Bullock, Leslie McDonald, and P.J. Hairston on the perimeter. Their next game is against East Carolina on Saturday Dec. 15.
No. 1 Duke
Duke has nine wins with zero losses, and are the only remaining undefeated team in the ACC. They have already beat 3 top 25 teams, and their most recent game was a win over Temple on Dec. 8. They play again in a week against Cornell on Wednesday Dec. 19. Stephen Curry was somewhat of a question mark earlier in the season due to a possible shin injury, but he hasn't shown any symptoms on the court. He is still shooting the way we are used to. Mason Plumlee has been totally controlling the post, and Ryan Kelly is shooting the ball very well. The role players, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, have also been carrying their weight.
This team looks unstoppable and should be undefeated when inter-conference play begins. They should have a loss, however, by the time they face arch rival North Carolina in February, as they have to face N.C. State twice before then.