ACC Power Rankings: UVA, Duke separate from the pack

accWhen the national polls are updated on Monday, UVA and Duke will be ranked two and three, and the Cavs and Blue Devils enter the final week of the regular season safe bets for #1 national seeds.

Notre Dame had been flirting with a one seed for a good part of the conference season, but last week’s home loss to Syracuse has the Irish scrambling now to lock down a possible three seed.

Louisville and North Carolina each started the 2014-2015 season as national Top 10 teams, and are now fighting for double-byes in the March 10-14 ACC Tournament, with the Cardinals entering the final week of the regular season with a leg up.

The final week features a bevy of intriguing matchups that could will the regular-season champion, the double-byes and NCAA Tournament positioning.


ACC Power Rankings: Week 8

1. Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC): Magic number to clinch regular season is one. Still work to do to lock down #1 national seed.
2. Duke (26-3, 13-3 ACC): Nine-game winning streak. Needs to win out to solidify #1 seed.
3. Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4 ACC): Too streaky?
4. Louisville (23-6, 11-5 ACC): Responding well to losing Chris Jones.
5. UNC (20-9, 10-6 ACC): Win over Duke on Saturday would build momentum toward NCAA.
6. Syracuse (18-11, 9-7 ACC): One last chance to play spoiler Monday with UVA coming to the Dome.
7. N.C. State (17-12, 8-8 ACC): Inexplicable letdown with loss at BC. Back on the bubble?
8. Miami (18-11, 8-8 ACC): Loss to Carolina fatal to NCAA hopes?
9. Pitt (19-11, 8-8 ACC): No way the Panthers are in.
10. Clemson (16-12, 8-8 ACC): The least of the 8-8s, by far.
11. Florida State (15-15, 7-10 ACC): Playing out the string.
12. Wake Forest (13-16, 5-11 ACC): Big win over Pitt.
13. Boston College (10-18, 2-14 ACC): Where was that all season long?
14. Virginia Tech (10-18, 2-14 ACC): Played well in losses to Duke, UVA.
15. Georgia Tech (12-12, 3-14 ACC): Nothing nice to say.

– Column by Chris Graham

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