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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 15

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Canes rise. Cardinals, Tigers fall.

Mark Dolejs-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 15:


1. Virginia Cavaliers, 162 votes (8 first-place votes)
2. Duke Blue Devils, 157 (3)
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 141
4. North Carolina Tar Heels, 133
5. Louisville Cardinals, 121
6. Pittsburgh Panthers, 100
7. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 94
8. Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 91
9. Syracuse Orange, 87
10t. Clemson Tigers, 61
10t. Florida State Seminoles, 61
12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 42
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 38
14. Virginia Tech Hokies, 19
15. Boston College Eagles, 14

1. Virginia Cavaliers (25-1, 13-1 ACC)

Last week: Defeated Pittsburgh (61-49), Defeated Florida State (51-41)
This week: @ Wake Forest (2/25), Virginia Tech (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 1 (--)

Virginia extended its winning streak to six games with a 51-41 victory over visiting Florida State on Sunday. The Hoos overcame injuries to Malcolm Brogdon (who returned to the game) and London Perrantes (who didn't), after a scary moment when the two collided on defense. Virginia now has 25 wins on the season. Tony Bennett has 200 in his career. Next up: a road game at Wake Forest before returning home to face in-state rival Virginia Tech on Saturday.

2. Duke Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3)

Last week: Defeated North Carolina (92-90 OT), Defeated Clemson (78-56)
This week: @ Virginia Tech (2/25), Syracuse (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 2 (--)

After a physically and emotionally draining overtime victory over arch-rival North Carolina, Duke dominated Clemson, winning 78-56 on Saturday. The Blue Devils were without national player of the year candidate Jahlil Okafor, who sprained his ankle in the win over Carolina. Duke faces Virginia Tech on Wednesday, then returns home to face Syracuse on Saturday.

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-4, 12-3)

Last week: Defeated Wake Forest (88-75), Defeated Boston College (87-70)
This week: Syracuse (2/24)

Last week's ranking: 3t (--)

Notre Dame used balanced scoring to race past Wake Forest and Boston College last week for the Irish's third straight win and eighth over the last 10. Just one game for the Irish this week: a home game against Syracuse on Tuesday.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5)

Last week: Lost to Duke (92-90 OT), Defeated Georgia Tech (89-60)
This week: N.C. State (2/24), @ Miami (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 5 (up 1)

Six Tar Heels scored in double digits and Marcus Paige scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists and had zero turnovers as the Tar Heels rolled over Georgia Tech 89-60; only a few days after a crushing overtime loss to the Heels' Tobacco Road rivals. Next up: another rivalry game for UNC as the Heels host N.C. State on Tuesday.

5. Louisville Cardinals (21-6, 9-5)

Last week: Lost to Syracuse (69-59), Defeated Miami (55-53)
This week: @ Georgia Tech (2/23), @ Florida State (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 3t (down 2)

An up-and-down week for the Cardinals, who lost to Syracuse, 69-59, up at the Dome, then returned home to squeak past Miami 55-53. The bigger news this past week was the dismissal of Chris Jones. Just a day after playing his first game since returning from a single-game indefinite suspension, Louisville has announced that Jones has been dismissed from the team. The Cards are back in action tonight at Georgia Tech.

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (18-10, 7-7)

Last week: Lost to Virginia (61-49), Defeated Syracuse (65-61)
This week: Boston College (2/24), @ Wake Forest (3/1)

Last week's ranking: 6t (--)

After falling to Virginia earlier in the week, Pitt desperately needed a victory against Syracuse to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The Panthers got just that and, despite making it interesting in the game's final minutes, pulled out a 65-61 road win at Syracuse. The Panthers lead by double digits multiple times in the second half. Pitt sweeps the regular season series with Syracuse, 2-0 as Jamie Dixon improves to 12-6 all-time vs. Boeheim.

7. North Carolina State Wolfpack (16-11, 7-7)

Last week: Defeated Virginia Tech (69-53)
This week: @ North Carolina (2/24), @ Boston College (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 6t (down 1)

The Pack won its only game of the week, a 69-53 victory over the Hokies, to get back to .500 in conference play. The performance was N.C. State's most efficient offensive effort of the year. N.C. State is back at it on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, then stays on the road for a game up in snowy Chestnut Hill on Saturday.

8. Miami Hurricanes (17-10, 7-7)

Last week: Defeated Virginia Tech (56-46), Lost to Louisville (55-53)
This week: Florida State (2/25), North Carolina (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 9t (up 1)

After a decisive victory over Virginia Tech, the 'Canes dropped a tough road conference game, 55-53, to Louisville. Miami went into the locker room up 10, but couldn't hold on against the Cardinals. Miami looks to build on a possible NCAA Tournament resume with home games against Florida State and North Carolina this week.

9. Syracuse Orange (17-10, 8-6)

Last week: Defeated Louisville (69-59), Lost to Pittsburgh (65-61)
This week: @ Notre Dame (2/24), @ Duke (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 9t (--)

After a surprising 69-59 upset of Louisville at the Dome, Syracuse dropped a 65-61 decision to Pitt. Rakeem Christmas led the way for Syracuse with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Michael Gbinije added 12 points, six assists and seven boards. It was Pitt's first regular season sweep of the Orange since 2005. Syracuse continues its old Big East tour with a road game at Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

10t. Clemson Tigers (15-12, 7-8)

Last week: Lost to Georgia Tech (63-52), Lost to Duke (78-56)
This week: Georgia Tech (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 8 (down 2)

It was not the best of weeks for the Tigers. After dropping a 63-52 decision to Georgia Tech, Clemson followed that up by getting drubbed to the tune of 78-56 on the road at Duke. Clemson is seeking revenge in its only game of the week, a home game against those same Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

10t. Florida St. Seminoles (15-13, 7-8)

Last week: Defeated Boston College (69-60), Lost to Virginia (51-41)
This week: @ Miami (2/25), Louisville (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 11 (up 1)

Another up and down week for Florida State, which knocked off BC at home, 69-60, before falling to Virginia 51-41 on Sunday night. The Seminoles wrap up the regular season series with Miami on Wednesday, then host Louisville for the first time as conference foes on Saturday.

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-15, 3-12)

Last week: Defeated Clemson (63-52), Lost to North Carolina (89-60)
This week: Louisville (2/23), @ Clemson (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 13 (up 1)

After defeating Clemson earlier in the week, Georgia Tech got waxed by North Carolina 89-60 in a game where the Tar Heels shot over 60 percent from the field. Carolina opened the second half on a 23-5 run and coasted from there. Georgia Tech hosts Louisville on Monday night, then hits the road for the back end of the annual home-and-home with Clemson on Saturday.

13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-15, 4-10)

Last week: Lost to Notre Dame (88-75)
This week: Virginia (2/25), Pittsburgh (3/1)

Last week's ranking: 12 (down 1)

In its only game of the week, a strong second half out of Notre Dame pushed the Irish past Wake Forest 88-75. The Irish started the second half on a 27-10 run over the first eight minutes and never looked back. The Demon Deacons look to regroup this week with a pair of home games against Virginia (Wednesday) and Pittsburgh (Sunday).

14. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-17, 2-12)

Last week: Lost to Miami (76-52), Lost to N.C. State (69-53)
This week: Duke (2/25), @ Virginia (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 14 (--)

The Hokies turned in another 0-2 week, falling to 10-17 overall and 2-12 in conference play on the year. No rest for the weary as Virginia Tech faces a pair of top 10 teams this week: Duke (Wednesday) and at Virginia (Saturday). Godspeed, Hokies.

15. Boston College Eagles (9-17, 1-13)

Last week: Lost to Florida State (69-60), Lost to Notre Dame (87-70)
This week: @ Pittsburgh (2/24), N.C. State (2/28)

Last week's ranking: 15 (--)

Whose idea was it to put together a weekly ACC power rankings post series only to have his team ranked last for much of the year? Sigh.