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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 2

Canes rising. Seminoles fall.

Kim Klement-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 2:


1. Duke Blue Devils, 133 (7 first-place votes)
2. Louisville Cardinals, 125 (1)
3. North Carolina Tar Heels, 114
4. Virginia Cavaliers, 109 (1)
5. Miami Hurricanes, 102
6. Syracuse Orange, 85
7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 76
8. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 74
9. Pittsburgh Panthers, 67
10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 57
11. Florida State Seminoles, 32
12. Boston College Eagles, 29
13. Clemson Tigers, 27
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 26
15. Virginia Tech Hokies, 24

1. Duke Blue Devils (5-0)

Last week: Defeated Michigan State (81-71), Defeated Temple (74-54), Defeated Stanford (70-59)
This week: Furman (11/26), Army (11/30)

Last week's ranking: 1 (--)

There was certainly a lot of hype surrounding the Blue Devils' talented freshman class heading into the season. Duke has hardly disappointed with victories over Michigan State, Temple and Stanford to move to 5-0 on the year.

2. Louisville Cardinals (3-0)

Last week: Defeated Marshall (85-67)
This week: Savannah State (11/24), Cleveland State (11/26)

Last week's ranking: 2 (--)

The Cardinals had just one game last week, a convincing 85-67 victory over Marshall. Louisville won comfortably despite missing their first 13 3-pointers and Montrezl Harrell getting into foul trouble. The #7 Cardinals host Savannah State and Cleveland State this week.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0)

Last week: Defeated Davidson (90-72)
This week: Butler (11/26)

Last week's ranking: 3 (--)

Kennedy Meeks had a pretty good homecoming, scoring 19 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina to a 90-72 victory over Davidson at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. This week, the Heels are participating in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis. Butler is the first round draw, followed by UCLA/Oklahoma and one of Wisconsin/UAB/Florida/Georgetown. Should be a good one.

4. Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)

Last week: Defeated South Carolina State (75-55), Defeated George Washington (59-42)
This week: Tennessee State (11/25), LaSalle (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 4 (--)

No change in the top four this week with the Cavaliers checking in at #4. Tony Bennett's 'Hoos knocked off S.C. State and George Washington this past week, limiting their opponents to 55 and 42 points, respectively. Up next for the Cavaliers: a home game against Tennessee State and a matchup with LaSalle at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

5. Miami Hurricanes (5-0)

Last week: Defeated Drexel (66-46), Defeated Akron (79-51), Defeated Charlotte (77-58)
This week: @ Charlotte (11/25), South Alabama (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 9 (up 4)

The Hurricanes are off to a fast 5-0 and were this week's biggest movers. Miami used a dominant second half effort to race past Charlotte to win the program's second Charleston Classic. Sheldon McClellan had 19 points and Manu Lecomte had 15 to lead the Hurricanes. Next up for the U is a non-bracketed Charleston Classic game against these very same Charlotte 49ers.

6. Syracuse Orange (3-1)

Last week: Lost to California (73-59), Defeated Iowa (66-63)
This week: Loyola (Maryland) (11/25), Holy Cross (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 5 (down 1)

Syracuse managed to let California get right back in this thing with a 73-59 victory over the Orange at Madison Square Garden. The Orange's trip to its home-away-from-home wasn't a complete bust, however, as SU bounced back with a 66-63 victory over Iowa in the 2K Sports Classic consolation game.

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1)

Last week: Defeated Coppin State (104-67), Defeated Massachusetts (81-68), Lost to Providence (75-74)
This week: Grambling State (11/26), Chicago State (11/29)

Last week's ranking: 8 (up 1)

Notre Dame nearly had a perfect week this week, but PC's LaDontae Henton scored a career-high 38 (!) points and deflected a last-second shot from Pat Connaughton to preserve a 75-74 victory over the Irish at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. Earlier in the week, the Irish cruised past Coppin State and defeated UMass in Uncasville. ND hosts Grambling State and Chicago State this week.

8. N.C. State Wolfpack (4-0)

Last week: Defeated Jacksonville (79-43), Defeated South Florida (68-65)
This week: Richmond (11/26), Boise State (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 10 (up 2)

At times it wasn't pretty, but State moves to 4-0 this week after taking care of Jacksonville and South Florida. The Wolfpack managed to pull out the victory despite shooting just a shade over 40%—State's third game (of four) this season where they've shot well under 50%.

9. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1)

Last week: Lost to Hawaii (74-70)
This week: @ Chaminade (11/24)

Last week's ranking: 6 (down 3)

It wasn't the trip to paradise Jamie Dixon had in mind for the young Panthers, who were upset by Hawaii, 74-70, to start a big road trip. The Panthers will look to bounce back in this week's Maui Invitational, starting with host Chaminade and following that up with games against BYU / San Diego State and one of Purdue / Kansas State / Missouri / Arizona. Could be a long week for Dixon's Panthers.

10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0)

Last week: Defeated Alabama A&M (66-46), Defeated IPFW (78-69)
This week: Marquette (11/27)

Last week's ranking: 12 (up 2)

The Jackets are up one spot this week after taking care of business against Alabama A&M and IPFW. The schedule gets appreciably harder for Georgia Tech this week in the Orlando Classic, with a first-round game against Marquette. Win that, and a second round matchup against a very talented Michigan State team awaits.

11. Florida State Seminoles (1-3)

Last week: Lost to Northeastern (76-73), Lost to Providence (80-54), Lost to UMass (75-69)
This week: The Citadel (11/25), Charleston Southern (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 7 (down 4)

Unlike the football team, the Florida State basketball team went 0-for-New England with a trio of losses to Northeastern, Providence and UMass—capping a disastrous Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic trip. The latter two games took place at Mohegan Sun Arena after NU traveled from Massachusetts to Tally for the second round of the Tip-Off Classic. The Seminoles look to bounce back this week against The Citadel and Charleston Southern.

12. Boston College Eagles (2-3)

Last week: Defeated New Mexico (69-65), Lost to West Virginia (70-66), Lost to Dayton (65-53)
This week: Idle

Last week's ranking: 15 (up 3)

BC is this week's other big mover, gaining a bit of respect in the rankings this week despite only taking one of three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic. A win over a pretty good New Mexico team was enough to pull the Eagles out of this week's ACC men's basketball power rankings basement. BC is the only ACC team off the entire week and is back in action next Monday as they host Marist.

13. Clemson Tigers (2-2)

Last week: Lost to Gardner-Webb (72-70), Defeated Nevada (59-50)
This week: LSU (11/24), High Point (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 11 (down 2)

Clemson pulled a Chris Webber and the Tigers fell to Gardner-Webb 72-70 in the first round of the Paradise Jam on Friday. For the second straight week, Brownell's Tigers dropped a game to an underwhelming non-conference opponent. The victory was Gardner-Webb's first ever over an ACC opponent (1-9 all-time). Clemson bounced back with a 59-50 victory over Nevada in the Paradise Jam consolation and face LSU in the third and final game down in the Virgin Islands this afternoon.

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-2)

Last week: Lost to Arkansas (83-53), Lost to Iona (85-81)
This week: Nicholls State (11/24), Mount St. Mary's (11/26), Delaware State (11/28)

Last week's ranking: 13 (down 1)

The honeymoon phase for new coach Danny Manning may be over after an 0-2 week, including an 85-81 setback at home to Iona. Iona's A.J. English scored 27 points to pace the Gaels in a rare victory over an ACC opponent. Iona shot 48 percent and made 13 3-pointers. The Deacons look to bounce back this week with a trio of games against Nicholls State, Mount St. Mary's and Delaware State.

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1)

Last week: Defeated Liberty (73-63), Lost to Appalachian State (65-63)
This week: Northern Illinois (11/25), Morgan State (11/30)

Last week's ranking: 14 (down 1)

Like the other teams at the bottom of this week's rankings, the Hokies dropped a non-conference game to an underwhelming opponent in Appalachian State. The Mountaineers led by as many as six points in the second half before Virginia Tech jumped back in front. The Hokies managed to tie the game with 10 seconds left, but Appalachian State's Frank Eaves drove the length of the court only to put in the game-winning layup.