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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 1

Duke, Louisville run 1-2 after dominating performances in their first two games.

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Fifteen of the finest ACC blogs on the internet get together on a weekly basis to rank the conference's men's basketball teams. Here are the results for week 1:


1. Duke Blue Devils, 147 points (7 first-place votes)
2. Louisville Cardinals, 141 (2)
3. North Carolina Tar Heels, 127
4. Virginia Cavaliers, 125 (1)
5. Syracuse Orange, 105
6. Pittsburgh Panthers, 85
7. Florida State Seminoles, 84
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 80
9. Miami Hurricanes, 67
10. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 66
11. Clemson Tigers, 55
12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 50
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 30
14. Virginia Tech Hokies, 20
15. Boston College Eagles, 15

1. Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Presbyterian (113-44), Defeated Fairfield (109-59)
This week: Michigan State (11/18), Temple (11/21)

The new-look Blue Devils laid waste to their first two opponents, Presbyterian and Fairfield, cracking the century mark in both games. Despite being just a true freshman, Justise Winslow is pretty good at this basketball thing.

2. Louisville Cardinals (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Minnesota (81-68), Defeated Jacksonville State (88-39)
This week: Marshall (11/21)

The Cards are 2-0 after defeating Minnesota, 81-68, in the Pitino Classic, and following that up with a dominant 88-39 victory over Jacksonville State. Poor Jacksonville State managed just 39 points against the Cardinals' stifling defense, while Montrezl Harrell dunked on the Gamecocks 100 times, give or take.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)

Last week: Defeated North Carolina Central (76-60), Defeated Robert Morris (103-59)
This week: Davidson (11/22)

UNC is 2-0, which, no real surprises after taking out N.C. Central and Robert Morris. Like their arch-rivals down Tobacco Road, the Heels have a freshman phenom of their own in Justin Jackson.

4. Virginia Cavaliers (2-0)

Last week: Defeated James Madison (79-51), Defeated Norfolk State (67-39)
This week: South Carolina State (11/18), George Washington (11/21)

The Cavs are also 2-0, and also held an opponent to just 39 (!) points. Over at Streaking The Lawn, that means it's time to pay up.

5. Syracuse Orange (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Kennesaw State (89-42), Defeated Hampton (65-47)
This week: @ California (11/20)

Syracuse is 2-0 after defeating Kennesaw State and Hampton, holding both opponents under 50 points. Next up for the Orange is a game at Cal as part of the 2K Sports Classic, a game in which the Golden Bears look to get right back in this thing. 

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Niagara (78-45), Defeated Samford (63-56)
This week: @ Hawaii (11/21)

The Panthers are 2-0 on the year after taking care of business against Niagara, 78-45, and Samford, 63-56. Samford, 30-point dogs, kept it close before Pitt iced it at the free throw line. The Panthers next travel to Hawaii to take on the Warriors. Rough life, I know.

7. Florida State Seminoles (1-0)

Last week: Defeated Manhattan (81-66)
This week: Northeastern (11/18), Providence (11/22), Massachusetts (11/23)

The Seminoles defeated a good Manhattan team, 81-66, in the season opener. The Jaspers, an NCAA Tournament team last season, jumped out to a 10-point lead before FSU would rally. FSU takes a tour of New England this week with games against Northeastern, Providence and UMass.

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Binghamton (82-39), Defeated Navy (92-53)
This week: Coppin State (11/19), vs. Massachusetts (11/22), vs. Providence (11/23)

Notre Dame improved to 2-0 on Sunday after blowing out Navy 92-53. Zach Auguste led the Irish with 20 points, and Jerian Grant added 17 to go with 10 assists for his first double-double of the season. The Irish scored 56 second-half points to blow a close game open in the second half.

9. Miami (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Howard (84-49), Defeated Florida (69-67)
This week: Drexel (11/20)

The 'Canes notched the biggest conference victory on the early season with a thrilling 69-67 victory over #8 Florida. Angel Rodriguez hit a desperation, hand-in-face three pointer with 16 seconds left to lead the Hurricanes to victory. I suspect the 'Canes may be ranked a bit higher in next week's power rankings.

10. N.C. State (2-0)

Last week: Defeated Jackson State (93-58), Defeated Hofstra (76-64)
This week: Jacksonville (11/20), South Florida (11/23)

The Pack are off to a 2-0 start after dispatching Jackson State and Hofstra, the latter despite a not particularly good shooting effort. Ralston Turner led all scorers with 24 points and hit five of nine three-point attempts.

11. Clemson Tigers (1-1)

Last week: Defeated Florida A&M (86-41), Lost to Winthrop (77-74)
This week: @ Gardner-Webb (11/21)

This week's voting was in prior to Clemson's 77-74 loss to Winthrop, so it's safe to assume the Tigers' stock will drop a bit next week. Turnovers and free throw shooting doomed the Tigers in an early-season loss to the in-state Eagles.

12. Georgia Tech (1-0)

Last week: Defeated Georgia (80-73)
This week: Alabama A&M (11/18), IPFW (11/21)

The Yellow Jackets began the 2014-15 campaign strong by beating in-state rival Georgia, 80-73, in Atlanta. The victory marks the fourth consecutive win in the series for Tech.

13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)

Last week: Defeated UNC-Asheville (80-69), Defeated Tulane (71-49)
This week: @ Arkansas (11/19), Iona (11/21)

The Deacons and new coach Danny Manny are 2-0 in impressive fashion, defeating UNC-Asheville, 80-69, and following that up with a 22 point victory over Tulane. Tulane isn't great, but holding a team to three second-half field goals, on the road, no less, is quite the impressive feat.

14. Virginia Tech (1-0)

Last week: Defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore (71-46)
This week: Liberty (11/19), Appalachian State (11/21)

The Buzz Williams era of Virginia Tech basketball started off with a W over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Freshman Justin Bibbs led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

15. Boston College (1-1)

Last week: Defeated New Hampshire (58-50), Lost to Massachusetts (71-62)
This week: New Mexico (11/20)

Whose idea was it to organize a season-long ACC men's basketball power rankings exercise only to have his school ranked last? Oh, right.