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ACC Men's Basketball Power Rankings, Week 6

Virginia and Louisville swap spots at 2-3.

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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 6:


1. Duke Blue Devils, 148 (8 first-place votes)
2. Virginia Cavaliers, 138 (1)
3. Louisville Cardinals, 134 (1)
4. North Carolina Tar Heels, 117
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 112
6. Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 88
7. Syracuse Orange, 83
8. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 82
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 74
10. Pittsburgh Panthers, 71
11. Clemson Tigers, 45
12. Boston College Eagles, 44
13. Florida State Seminoles, 32
14t. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 16
14t. Virginia Tech Hokies, 16

1. Duke Blue Devils (10-0, 0-0 ACC)

Last week: Defeated Elon (75-62), Defeated Connecticut (66-56)
This week: Idle

Last week's ranking: 1 (--)

The Blue Devils continue to roll and are impressing...even by Duke standards. All 10 wins have come by double digits, a program first. In 400 minutes of game action, Duke has trailed for just 5:01 of game time. The largest deficit the Blue Devils has faced is just four points (6-2 Wisconsin). The ACC seems very top-heavy this year. Duke may still be the class of the conference.

2. Virginia Cavaliers (11-0, 0-0)

Last week: Defeated Cleveland State (70-54), Defeated Harvard (76-27)
This week: Idle

Last week's ranking: 3 (up 1)

The Cavaliers followed up a victory over Cleveland State with a thorough dismantling of the defending Ivy League champs. Virginia's stifling defense held Harvard to an NCAA record-tying one field goal in the first half...and it came just 3:29 into the game. The Crimson's one field goal matches only Savannah State in 2008 in the post-shot clock era (1985-86 season -).

3. Louisville Cardinals (10-0, 0-0)

Card Chronicle

Last week: Defeated Western Kentucky (76-67)
This week: Cal State-Northridge (12/23), Kentucky (12/27)

Last week's ranking: 2 (down 1)

The Cardinals took care of business at Western Kentucky, winning 76-67, but lost star forward Montrezl Harrell after he was ejected during the first half for a flagrant 2 foul. The ACC issued a one-game suspension for Harrell, which will force him to miss the home game against 3-9 Cal State-Northridge. The good news is Harrell will be back for this Saturday's matchup with in-state #1 Kentucky.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3, 0-0)

Last week: Defeated UNC-Greensboro (79-56), Defeated Ohio State (82-74)
This week: UAB (12/27)

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

The Heels arguably had the most impressive week of any, dispatching UNC-Greensboro and upsetting #12 Ohio State in Chicago. Brice Johnson paced the Heels with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the victory over the Buckeyes. This week, the Heels are back in action after Christmas with a home game against UAB on Saturday.

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1, 1-0)

Last week: Defeated Purdue (94-63)
This week: NIU (12/22)

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

The Irish continue their strong start to the season, coasting past Purdue 94-63 in Indianapolis to improve to 11-1 on the season. The victory was the Irish's sixth straight. Notre Dame's only loss this season was a one-point defeat at Providence. The Irish host NIU tonight at Purcell Pavilion.

6. Miami Hurricanes (9-2, 0-0)

Last week: Lost to Eastern Kentucky (72-44)
This week: vs. Providence (12/22)

Last week's ranking: 6 (--)

Rough week for #18 Miami, routed on its home floor by 6-4 Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels never trailed, led by two at halftime and blew the game open with a 22-2 run early in the second half. The 72-44 loss marks the worst home defeat for the Hurricanes since the 1996-97 season. This week, Miami is in Brooklyn to face a Providence team that has made its rounds across the ACC this season (Florida State, Notre Dame, Boston College).

7. Syracuse Orange (6-4, 0-0)

Last week: Lost to Villanova (82-77 OT)
This week: Colgate (12/22), Long Beach State (12/28)

Last week's ranking: 7 (--)

The Orange had #7 Villanova on the ropes, but the Wildcats rallied from a 15-point hole to force overtime and defeat their former Big East rivals. Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije each scored 18 points to pace Syracuse. The Orange return to the Carrier Dome for two games this week: tonight against Colgate and Sunday against Long Beach State.

8. North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-3, 1-0)

Last week: Defeated Tennessee (83-72), Lost to West Virginia (83-69)
This week: Tennessee (12/17), West Virginia (12/20)

Last week's ranking: 8 (--)

Another up-and-down week for the Wolfpack, which dispatched Tennessee on Wednesday behind Ralston Turner's 33 points. N.C. State followed that up with an 83-69 loss to a ranked West Virginia team in New York something called the Gotham Classic. Because when you think "Gotham City," N.C. State and West Virginia are the first schools that come to mind...

9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-2, 0-0)

From The Rumble Seat

Last week: Defeated Appalachian State (70-57), Defeated Vanderbilt (65-60)
This week: @ Dayton (12/23)

Last week's ranking: 10 (up 1)

Charles Mitchell scored 19 points and Marcus Georges-Hunt added 14 points to help Georgia Tech beat Vanderbilt 65-60 on Saturday. The victory capped a perfect 2-0 week for the Rambling Wreck, which took care of Appalachian State earlier in the week. Just one game for Brian Gregory's crew this week. Georgia Tech travels to Dayton to take on Archie Miller's Dayton Flyers.

10. Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3, 0-0)

Last week: Defeated Manhattan (65-56), Defeated Oakland (81-77 OT)
This week: Holy Cross (12/23)

Last week's ranking: 9 (down 1)

Wins are wins, but Pitt hasn't impressed on the early season with close victories over Manhattan and Oakland. The Panthers needed OT to avoid the upset bid by Oakland for the second time in as many meetings. Still, the Panthers are now 4-0 after getting Cameron Wright back in the lineup. Pitt welcomes Holy Cross to the Petersen Event Center on Tuesday night for their only game of the week. The Panthers are 5-0 at home this season.

11. Clemson Tigers (6-4, 0-0)

Last week: Lost to South Carolina (68-45)
This week: Oakland (12/22)

Last week's ranking: 11 (--)

Clemson couldn't make it 4-0 against SEC opponents, falling to in-state SEC rival South Carolina 68-45 in Columbia. After taking a two point lead to the locker room, South Carolina outscored Clemson 40-15 in the second half to rout the Tigers. Clemson hosts Oakland tonight at Littlejohn in the Tigers' only game of the week.

12. Boston College Eagles (6-4, 0-0)

Last week: Lost to USC (75-71)
This week: Idle

Last week's ranking: 12 (--)

Boston College turned in one of its worst performances of the year in a 75-71 home loss to USC. Olivier Hanlan's offensive woes continue for the 6-4 Eagles. BC has the week off before returning to Conte Forum to host UMass-Lowell on Monday.

13. Florida State Seminoles (6-5, 0-1)

Last week: Defeated North Florida (93-77), Defeated South Florida (75-62)
This week: Stetson (12/22)

Last week's ranking: 13 (--)

Florida State crept back up over .500 with a pair of victories over North Florida and South Florida. Devon Bookert had a career-high 22 points in the victory at USF. This week, just one game for the Noles, who host the Stetson Hatters tonight at the Tucker Center.

14t. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-6, 0-1)

Last week: Lost to Florida (63-50)
This week: Bucknell (12/22), @ Richmond (12/28)

Last week's ranking: 14 (--)

The Deacons lost their only game of the week, 63-50 to Florida, despite 16 points from Codi Miller-McIntyre. The young Deacons will look to get back above .500 this week with games against Bucknell and at Richmond.

14t. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-4, 0-0)

Last week: Defeated The Citadel (64-61)
This week: VMI (12/22), Presbyterian (12/27)

Last week's ranking: 15 (--)

The Hokies rallied from a 27-22 halftime deficit to avoid the upset loss to The Citadel. Adam Smith scored 16 points to lead the Hokies, 14 of 16 coming in the second half. Virginia Tech has two home games this week against VMI and Presbyterian. The Hokies are 5-2 playing in the friendly confines of Cassell Coliseum this season.