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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 14

Panthers rising, Canes fall.

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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 14:


1. Virginia Cavaliers, 104 votes (6 first-place votes)
2. Duke Blue Devils, 99 (1)
3t. Louisville Cardinals, 85
3t. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 85
5. North Carolina Tar Heels, 83
6t. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 63
6t. Pittsburgh Panthers, 63
8. Clemson Tigers, 52
9t. Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 47
9t. Syracuse Orange, 47
11. Florida State Seminoles, 38
12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 26
13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 24
14. Virginia Tech Hokies, 14
15. Boston College Eagles, 10

1. Virginia Cavaliers (24-1, 12-1 ACC)

Last week: Defeated N.C. State (51-47), Defeated Wake Forest (61-60)
This week: Defeated Pittsburgh (61-49), Florida State (2/22)

Last week's ranking: 1 (--)

The #2 ranked Cavaliers keep rolling, squeaking past N.C. State and Wake Forest last week and holding Pittsburgh to a season-low 49 points on Monday. Virginia is now 12-1 in conference play, a full two games ahead of Notre Dame with six league games to go. Up next for Virginia is a home game against Florida State on Sunday.

2. Duke Blue Devils (22-3, 9-3)

Last week: Defeated Florida State (73-70), Defeated Syracuse (80-72)
This week: North Carolina (2/18), Clemson (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 2 (--)

Duke eked out a pair of tough road victories last week, taking care of Florida State and Syracuse to improve to 22-3 on the year. Up next for the Blue Devils is the first of two games against North Carolina at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Duke then hosts Clemson on Saturday.

3t. Louisville Cardinals (20-5, 8-4)

Last week: Defeated Pittsburgh (69-56), Lost to N.C. State (74-65)
This week: @ Syracuse (2/18), Miami (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 3 (--)

Another 1-1 week for the Cards, who dispatched Pittsburgh 69-56 during the week, but fell at N.C. State over the weekend. The Cardinals are ranked #12 in the country this week; the first time all season Louisville has fallen out of the top 10. Rick Pitino's boys next travel to Syracuse on Wednesday, then return home to face Miami on Saturday.

3t. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (22-4, 10-3)

Last week: Defeated Clemson (60-58)
This week: Wake Forest (2/17), @ Boston College (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 5 (up 2)

Notre Dame erased a four-point deficit late in the second half to pull past Clemson, 60-58, in the Irish's only game of the week. Jerian Grant paced the Irish with 22 points,5 assists and 3 steals. Notre Dame, currently two games back of Virginia for first place in the conference, has a pair of games this week at home vs. Wake Forest, and on the road at Boston College.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels (18-7, 8-4)

Last week: Lost to Pittsburgh (89-76)
This week: @ Duke (2/18), Georgia Tech (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 4 (down 1)

The Tar Heels got drilled in their only game of the week, dropping a 89-76 decision to Pitt. Despite shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and reaching the magical 70-point mark, Pittsburgh was simply lights out from the floor—37-of-57 from the floor (64.9%) and 8-of-15 from three (53.3%); the Panthers' best offensive game of the season. UNC has little time to lick its wounds as the Heels are back at it on Wednesday night at Duke.

6t. North Carolina State Wolfpack (15-11, 6-7)

Last week: Lost to Virginia (51-47), Defeated Louisville (74-65)
This week: Virginia Tech (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 7 (up 1)

Despite registering just one win in its last six games—an 81-80 OT victory over Georgia Tech on a buzzer beater—N.C. State may have played its way back onto the NCAA Tournament bubble with a big 74-65 road victory over Louisville. With the win, the Pack improved to 15-11 overall and 6-7 ACC. The schedule lightens considerably down the stretch with just one game, @ #15 North Carolina, against one of the conference's five ranked teams. The rest: Virginia Tech, @ Boston College, @ Clemson, and Syracuse. If the Wolfpack can close out the year strong and not make an early ACC Tournament exit, they just might be able to sneak into the NCAA Tournament field as an at-large.

6t. Pittsburgh Panthers (17-10, 6-7)

Last week: Lost to Louisville (69-56), Defeated North Carolina (89-76)
This week: @ Virginia (61-49), @ Syracuse (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 9 (up 3)

Pitt picked a great spot to turn in its best performance of the year, sharpshooting the Tar Heels en route to a 89-76 home victory over UNC. Despite a 61-49 setback to Virginia on Monday night, the Panthers' lowest scoring output of the season, Pitt can jump back into the bubble conversation if it finishes strong down the stretch. The good news is that the schedule lightens considerably the rest of the way with home games against BC and Miami, and road trips to Syracuse, Wake Forest and Florida State.

8. Clemson Tigers (15-11, 7-7)

Last week: Lost to Notre Dame (60-58), Defeated Virginia Tech (75-54)
This week: @ Georgia Tech (63-52), @ Duke (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 8 (--)

Unlike N.C. State, Clemson appears headed in the opposite direction, suffering a pair of losses to Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. After rattling off four straight wins in late January and early February, the Tigers have now lost three of their last four games. Little scheduling relief for Clemson, who next travels to Durham to take on Duke on Saturday.

9t. Miami Hurricanes (16-9, 6-6)

Last week: Lost to Wake Forest (72-70), Defeated Boston College (89-86 2OT)
This week: Virginia Tech (2/18), @ Louisville (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 6 (down 3)

The Hurricanes avoided an 0-2 week with an 89-86 double overtime victory over BC in Chestnut Hill, a game that was postponed a day due to snow. Earlier in the week, Miami dropped a 72-70 decision to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. Quick turnaround for the Canes, which host Virginia Tech on Wednesday before once again hitting the road to face Louisville on Saturday.

9t. Syracuse Orange (16-9, 7-5)

Last week: Defeated Boston College (70-56), Lost to Duke (80-72)
This week: Louisville (2/18), Pittsburgh (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 10 (up 1)

The Orange took care of business at Boston College, sweeping the #OrangeEagle regular season series, but came up short against Duke in front of a sold out Carrier Dome crowd. Just six games left in the season for Syracuse. Four of those six games will come against ranked opponents: home games against #12 Louisville and #2 Virginia, and road games at #10 Notre Dame and #2 Duke. With little to play for the rest of the way, Syracuse will look to play the role of spoiler and send its seniors out with a few more Ws.

11. Florida St. Seminoles (14-12, 6-7)

Last week: Lost to Duke (73-70), Defeated Georgia Tech (57-53)
This week: Boston College (2/18), @ Virginia (2/22)

Last week's ranking: 11 (--)

The Seminoles bounced back from a close loss against Duke with a 57-53 victory over Georgia Tech. Florida State has now won five of eight overall and 10 in a row vs. the Jackets. The Seminoles welcome struggling Boston College to the Tucker Center on Wednesday before hitting the road and taking on league-leading Virginia on Sunday.

12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-14, 4-9)

Last week: Defeated Miami (72-70), Lost to Virginia (61-60)
This week: @ Notre Dame (2/17)

Last week's ranking: 13 (up 1)

Danny Manning's boys picked up their fourth ACC win of the year with a 72-70 victory over Miami before dropping a 61-60 heartbreaker at Virginia. Just one game for the Demon Deacons this week, who are in South Bend to take on Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-14, 3-11)

Last week: Lost to Virginia Tech (65-63), Lost to Florida State (57-53)
This week: Defeated Clemson (63-52), @ North Carolina (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 12 (down 1)

After playing in so many close games, you figured Georgia Tech was due to break through. The Yellow Jackets finally did on Monday with a 63-52 home victory over Clemson. Josh Heath scored a career-high 14 points, Demarco Cox added 12 and Georgia Tech snapped a 10-game series losing streak to CU. The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina.

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

Last week: Defeated Georgia Tech (65-63), Lost to Clemson (75-54)
This week: @ Miami (2/18), @ N.C. State (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 15 (up 1)

The Hokies earned their first ACC win in regulation with a 65-63 home victory over Georgia Tech. Malik Muller hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left and finished with 17 points to lift Virginia Tech to victory. It wasn't all good news for Virginia Tech, however, as the Hokies would get drilled by Clemson over the weekend. This week, Virginia Tech hits the road for a pair of games at Miami and N.C. State.

15. Boston College Eagles (9-15, 1-11)

Last week: Lost to Syracuse (70-56), Lost to Miami (89-86 2OT)
This week: @ Florida State (2/18), Notre Dame (2/21)

Last week's ranking: 14 (down 1)

It's beginning to feel a bit like this year's Eagles team is cursed. After hanging in once again against Syracuse and Miami, the Eagles let both games slip away. In the Miami game, a Patrick Heckmann layup fell just short and the Hurricanes would rally for an 89-86 double overtime win. Boston College has now lost six straight overall; 10 straight to Miami, a streak that dates back to the 2009-10 season. The Eagles travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State on Wednesday, then return home to host the Fighting Irish on Saturday.