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Week 7 – ACC Basketball Power Rankings

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Week seven of our ACC Basketball power rankings are based on a small handful of games.

Many teams were off this past week for Christmas break and only a few schools faced opponents of any real significance.

The schedule will pick up again this week as we’re almost set to begin conference play, when we’ll get a true idea of the contenders and pretenders in the ACC this season.

Here are our latest rankings.

1. Duke – 10-0
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Games: No games this past week.

Duke was off this past week, but the Blue Devils still keep their spot atop our rankings.

Up Next: Toledo – Dec. 29, Wofford – Dec. 31, Boston College – Jan. 3

2. Virginia – 11-0
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Games: No games this past week.

Virginia didn’t play this past week, meaning Tony Bennett’s team didn’t have an opportunity to make some poor opponent’s offense look silly.

Up Next: Davidson – Dec. 30, @ Miami – Jan. 3

3. Louisville – 11-1
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Games: 80-55 win vs. Cal State Northridge, 58-50 loss vs. Kentucky

Louisville’s showdown against Kentucky was one of the most hyped games of this season, and it was a defensive slugfest for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they couldn’t figure out a way to crack Kentucky’s stifling defense and Louisville’s lack of firepower from the perimeter was on full display.

Up Next: Long Beach St. – Dec. 30, @ Wake Forest – Jan. 4

4. Notre Dame – 12-1
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Games: 91-66 win vs. Northern Illinois

Notre Dame’s offense kept rolling with a 25-point win against Northern Illinois. It was the sixth time this season Notre Dame scored at least 90 points.

Up Next: Hartford – Dec. 30, Georgia Tech – Jan. 3

5. North Carolina – 9-3
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Games: 89-58 win vs. UAB

The Tar Heels avenged last season’s loss to UAB with an impressive performance on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Six different players scored in double figures and UNC finally appears to be finding some offensive rhythm.

Up Next: William & Mary – Dec. 30, @ Clemson – Jan. 3

6. N.C. State – 10-3
Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Games: 73-65 win vs. Louisiana Tech

N.C. State appeared to be in big trouble when it trailed by 18 against a very good Louisiana Tech team, but Mark Gottfried and the Wolfpack found a way to battle back and get the eight-point win. It was another strong effort from the backcourt duo of Anthony Barber and Trevor Lacey, who are playing up to expectations this season.

Up Next: Cincinnati – Dec. 30, Pittsburgh – Jan. 3

7. Syracuse – 8-4
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
Games: 78-43 win vs. Colgate, 85-67 win vs. Long Beach St.

Syracuse put together two strong efforts in wins over Colgate and Long Beach St, and Duke transfer Michael Gbinije is playing the best basketball of his career. The junior forward had 24 points, eight assists, and six rebounds against Long Beach St.

Up Next: Cornell – Dec. 31, @ Virginia Tech – Jan. 3

8. Pittsburgh – 9-3
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Games: 58-39 win vs. Holy Cross

Pittsburgh continues to win ugly, but it’s still been enough to get the Panthers to the five-game winning streak they’re currently on. They held Holy Cross to just 30% shooting from the field and had a +20 rebounding advantage. That’s classic Pitt basketball.

Up Next: Florida Gulf Coast – Dec. 30, @ N.C. State – Jan. 3

9. Miami – 9-3
Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Games: 76-62 loss vs. Providence

After starting the season 8-0 and being one of the biggest surprises in the country, the Hurricanes have now lost three of their past four, including two consecutive double-digit losses. They’ll need to get things turned around quickly against College of Charleston before Virginia comes to town on Saturday.

Up Next: College of Charleston – Dec. 30, Virginia – Jan. 3

10. Georgia Tech – 8-3
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
Games: 75-61 loss @ Dayton

Brian Gregory returned to his old school as Georgia Tech took on Dayton and the Yellow Jackets laid an egg. The lack of consistent offense continues to be a recurring problem for the Rambling Wreck and they also allowed Dayton to shoot 55% from 3-point range.

Up Next: UNC Charlotte – Dec. 30, @ Notre Dame – Jan. 3

11. Clemson – 7-4
Last Week’s Ranking: 13
Games: 70-60 win vs. Oakland

If Jaron Blossomgame can play at the level he showed in his 26-point performance in the win over Oakland, it gives Clemson a potential playmaker on offense, which Brad Brownell badly needs to help make up for the loss of K.J. McDaniels.

Up Next: Robert Morris – Dec. 30, UNC – Jan. 3

12. Florida State – 7-5
Last Week’s Ranking: 11
Games: 63-59 win vs. Stetson

Florida State has managed to put together a three-game winning streak against outmanned Florida schools over the past couple weeks, but we’ll get a better idea of where the Seminoles are at this week with a game against Florida and road trip to Mississippi St. At some point, not having Aaron Thomas should start to really take its toll.

Up Next: Florida – Dec. 30, @ Mississippi St. – Jan. 2

13. Boston College – 6-4
Last Week’s Ranking: 12
Games: No games this past week.

Boston College gets one last good chance for a win by hosting UMass Lowell before the schedule ratchets up in degree of difficulty.

Up Next: UMass Lowell – Dec. 29, @ Duke – Jan. 3

14. Virginia Tech – 8-4
Last Week’s Ranking: 14
Games: 87-74 win vs. VMI, 87-65 win vs. Presbyterian

Don’t look now, but Virginia Tech is on a four-game winning streak! Things get real this week when the Hokies travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia and then get a visit from Syracuse.

Up Next: @ West Virginia – Dec. 30, Syracuse – Jan. 3

15. Wake Forest – 7-6
Last Week’s Ranking: 15
Games: 60-53 win vs. Bucknell, 65-63 win @ Richmond

Give Danny Manning and the Demon Deacons credit for stealing a win on the road with a buzzer beater at Richmond. The Spiders are a great program that have been dangerous against schools from power conferences for a long time. Another positive for Wake Forest is that Codi Miller-McIntyre seems to be rounding into form.

Up Next: Princeton – Dec. 31, Louisville – Jan. 4

What do you think of this week’s rankings? Let me know in the comments section and on Twitter @davidmaldridge!