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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 13

Cards rising. Irish, Orange fall.

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

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 13:


1. Virginia Cavaliers, 119 votes (7 first-place votes)
2. Duke Blue Devils, 113 (1)
3. Louisville Cardinals, 102
4. North Carolina Tar Heels, 97
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 93
6. Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 78
7. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 64
8. Clemson Tigers, 63
9. Pittsburgh Panthers, 61
10. Syracuse Orange, 56
11. Florida State Seminoles, 40
12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 32
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 27
14. Boston College Eagles, 17
15. Virginia Tech Hokies, 8

1. Virginia Cavaliers (21-1, 9-1 ACC)

Last week: Defeated North Carolina (75-64), Defeated Louisville (52-47)
This week: @ N.C. State (2/11), Wake Forest (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 1 (--)

After dropping their first game of the season to Duke, Virginia bounced back in a big way, dispatching two ranked teams in North Carolina and Louisville and leaving no doubt which team is the best in the conference this season. The Cavaliers hit the road for a game at N.C. State on Wednesday, then return home to face Wake Forest on Saturday.

2. Duke Blue Devils (21-3, 8-3)

Last week: Defeated Georgia Tech (72-66), Defeated Notre Dame (90-60)
This week: Defeated Florida State (73-70), @ Syracuse (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 2 (--)

Duke squeaked past Georgia Tech during the week then humbled a very good Notre Dame team in the rematch of a January 28 game won by Notre Dame (77-73). The Blue Devils eked out a 73-70 victory over Florida State in Tallahassee last night. Duke next travels to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse on Saturday.

3. Louisville Cardinals (19-4, 7-3)

Last week: Defeated Miami (63-55), Lost to Virginia (52-47)
This week: Pittsburgh (2/11), N.C. State (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 4t (up 1)

Louisville went 1-1 on the week with a win and a loss in two tough road games, defeating Miami 63-55 but falling to Virginia 52-47. The 9th ranked Cardinals are currently sitting in fifth in the ACC's regular season standings—a testament to how extremely top-heavy the conference is this season. Louisville hosts Pitt and N.C. State this week.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (18-6, 8-3)

Last week: Lost to Virginia (75-64), Defeated Boston College (79-68)
This week: @ Pittsburgh (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 4t (--)

The Heels bounced back from a 75-64 setback against Virginia with a 79-68 victory at BC to improve to 18-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play. North Carolina is next in action on Saturday as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers.

The bigger news this week involving North Carolina was the passing of legendary Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. The school announced that there will be a public memorial service for Coach Smith on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. inside the Dean E. Smith Center.

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-4, 9-3)

Last week: Defeated Boston College (71-63), Lost to Duke (90-60)
This week: @ Clemson (2/10)

Last week's ranking: 3 (down 2)

The Irish looked like they'd run BC out of the Joyce Center, but the Eagles nearly erased a 25-point first half deficit late in the second half. Notre Dame's second game against Duke did not go according to plan, and resulted in a 90-60 humbling at Cameron Indoor. Just one game for Notre Dame this week: a road game at Clemson tonight.

6. Miami Hurricanes (15-8, 5-5)

Last week: Lost to Louisville (63-55), Defeated Clemson (56-45)
This week: @ Wake Forest (2/11), @ Boston College (2/15)

Last week's ranking: 7 (up 1)

A pair of streaks were snapped on Sunday night. Miami snapped a three-game skid with a 56-45 victory over Clemson, ending the Tigers' four-game winning streak. The 'Canes look to start another winning streak this week with a pair of road games at Wake Forest and Boston College.

7. North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-10, 5-6)

Last week: Lost to Wake Forest (88-84)
This week: Virginia (2/11), @ Louisville (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 6 (down 1)

The Wolfpack lost their only game of the week, 88-84, at Wake Forest and continue their slide down the league standings. N.C. State has now lost four of five—and five of its last seven games—and would be riding a five-game losing streak if not for some Trevor Lacey buzzer-beating heroics. It doesn't get much easier for State, which hosts Virginia on Wednesday then travels to Louisville on Saturday.

8. Clemson Tigers (14-9, 6-5)

Last week: Defeated Florida State (62-56), Lost to Miami (56-45)
This week: Notre Dame (2/10), Virginia Tech (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 9 (up 1)

The Tigers' winning streak was snapped at four with a 56-45 loss to Miami. Clemson hosts both Notre Dame and Virginia Tech this week.

9. Pittsburgh Panthers (16-8, 5-5)

Last week: Defeated Bryant (72-67), Defeated Syracuse (83-77)
This week: @ Louisville (2/11), North Carolina (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 10 (up 1)

The Panthers squeaked past Bryant, 72-67, on Monday night, then defeated Syracuse, 83-77, to get back to .500 in conference play. Tough week ahead for Jamie Dixon's boys, who travel to Louisville on Wednesday and return home to face North Carolina on Saturday.

10. Syracuse Orange (15-8, 6-4)

Last week: Defeated Virginia Tech (72-70), Lost to Pittsburgh (83-77)
This week: @ Boston College (2/11), Duke (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 8 (down 2)

Virginia Tech appeared to have Syracuse beat, but Michael Gbinije hit a floater in the lane with less than a second left to give the Orange a 72-70 victory over the Hokies last Tuesday night. Over the weekend, Syracuse couldn't complete the 2-0 week with an 83-77 setback at Pitt. The Orange travel to Chestnut Hill to take on BC on Wednesday (with #OrangeEagle points on the line), then return home to face Duke on Saturday.

11. Florida St. Seminoles (13-12, 5-7)

Last week: Lost to Clemson (62-56), Defeated Virginia Tech (73-65)
This week: Lost to Duke (73-70), @ Georgia Tech (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 11 (--)

The Seminoles have lost two of their last three, with losses to Clemson and Duke sandwiching a 73-65 victory at Virginia Tech. Florida State is back in action this Saturday as they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech.

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-13, 2-10)

Last week: Lost to Duke (72-66), Defeated Wake Forest (73-59)
This week: Lost to Virginia Tech (65-63), Florida State (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 12 (--)

The Yellow Jackets have been playing some good basketball of late. After putting a scare into Duke at Cameron Indoor, Georgia Tech notched its second ACC victory over the year with a 73-59 home win over Wake Forest.

13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-13, 3-8)

Last week: Defeated N.C. State (88-84), Lost to Georgia Tech (73-59)
This week: Miami (2/11), @ Virginia (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 13 (--)

Wake Forest saw its two-game winning streak snapped over the weekend with a 73-59 setback in Atlanta. The Demon Deacons look to get back in the win column this week with games against Miami at home and Virginia on the road.

14. Boston College Eagles (9-13, 1-9)

Last week: Lost to Notre Dame (71-63), Lost to North Carolina (79-68)
This week: Syracuse (2/11), Miami (2/15)

Last week's ranking: 14 (--)

Despite remaining competitive in most of their games, BC hasn't been able to buy a win the last few weeks. The latest setbacks include a 71-63 loss at Notre Dame and a 79-68 home loss to North Carolina. The good news, if there is any, is that five of BC's final eight games are in the friendly confines of Conte Forum, where the Eagles have played much better than they have on the road.

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-14, 2-9)

Last week: Lost to Syracuse (72-70), Lost to Florida State (73-65)
This week: Defeated Georgia Tech (65-63), @ Clemson (2/14)

Last week's ranking: 15 (--)

Like BC, Virginia Tech has been competitive in a bunch of games. They just can't close them out. Buzz Williams has the Hokies playing pretty good ball lately, but just can't quite get over the hump. The Hokies have now lost 10 of 11 with the lone victory a three-point win in OT vs. Pitt.