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 11:
SBNATION ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL POWER POLL, WEEK 11
1. Virginia Cavaliers, 120 (8 first-place votes)
2. Duke Blue Devils, 108
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 106
4. North Carolina Tar Heels, 95
5. Louisville Cardinals, 88
6. Miami-Florida Hurricanes, 81
7. North Carolina State Wolfpack, 69
8. Syracuse Orange, 67
9. Pittsburgh Panthers, 54
10. Clemson Tigers, 46
11. Florida State Seminoles, 39
12. Boston College Eagles, 37
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 25
14. Virginia Tech Hokies, 13
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 11
1. Virginia Cavaliers (19-0, 7-0 ACC)
Last week: Defeated Georgia Tech (57-28), Defeated Virginia Tech (50-47)
This week: Duke (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 1 (--)
The defending champs put a historic beatdown on Georgia Tech earlier in the week then squeaked past in-state rivals Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to remain perfect on the year. The road gets much, much tougher for the Cavaliers. The next three games for Virginia: #10 Duke, @ #15 North Carolina, #10 Louisville. The game after that? @ N.C. State on February 11. The 'Pack are certainly no slouches either.
2. Duke Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2)
Last week: Defeated Pittsburgh (79-65), Defeated St. John's (77-68)
This week: @ Notre Dame (1/28), @ Virginia (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 2 (--)
Duke went 2-0 on the week with a victory over Pittsburgh followed by one over St. John's at MSG. With the win over St. John's, Mike Krzyzewski becomes the first coach in Division I men's basketball to reach the 1,000 win mark. The Blue Devils have a pair of really tough road games this week, starting with a Wednesday night game at #8 Notre Dame and former Krzyzewski assistant Mike Brey. On Saturday, Duke travels to Charlottesville to take on the 2nd-ranked and unbeaten Cavaliers.
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-2, 7-1)
Last week: Defeated Virginia Tech (85-60), Defeated N.C. State (81-78 OT)
This week: Duke (1/28), @ Pittsburgh (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 3 (--)
Notre Dame coasted past Virginia Tech, 85-60, earlier in the week, then erased a 12-point halftime deficit at Raleigh and topped the Wolfpack in overtime, 81-78, to complete another perfect 2-0 week. Jerami Grant scored 25 points and blocked a last-second shot in OT to preserve the 81-78 victory on Sunday night.
4. North Carolina Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1)
Last week: Defeated Wake Forest (87-71), Defeated Florida State (78-74)
This week: Defeated Syracuse (93-83), @ Louisville (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 4 (--)
The Tar Heels overcame a season-high 20 turnovers to take down the Orange, 93-83, on Monday night. It was North Carolina's sixth straight victory—all in-conference—to vault up to a tie with Notre Dame for second in the conference standings. North Carolina travels to #10 Louisville on Saturday. UNC took the first of two games against Louisville earlier this year, winning 72-71.
5. Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 4-2)
Last week: Defeated Pittsburgh (80-68)
This week: @ Boston College (1/28), North Carolina (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 5 (--)
Just one game for the Cardinals this week, who took care of business on the road at Pittsburgh. Louisville is back at it on Wednesday night with a road game at BC, followed by a home game against North Carolina on Saturday.
6. Miami Hurricanes (14-5, 4-2)
Last week: Defeated N.C. State (65-60), Defeated Syracuse (66-62)
This week: Georgia Tech (1/28), @ Florida State (2/1)
Last week's ranking: 6 (--)
A perfect 2-0 week has the 'Canes back in the top 25 after a few week hiatus. Miami took down N.C. State and Syracuse to improve to 4-2 in conference play. The Hurricanes host winless Georgia Tech on Wednesday, then hit the road for a game at Florida State on Sunday.
7. North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-8, 4-4)
Last week: Lost to Miami (65-60), Lost to Notre Dame (81-78 OT)
This week: Clemson (1/28), @ Georgia Tech (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 7 (--)
N.C. State holds onto the seventh spot this week despite dropping a pair of games to Miami and Notre Dame. The Wolfpack went up by 18 in the first half against the Irish before falling in overtime. N.C. State hosts Clemson on Wednesday, then travels to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech on Saturday.
8. Syracuse Orange (14-7, 5-3)
Last week: Defeated Boston College (69-61), Lost to Miami (66-62)
This week: Lost to North Carolina (93-83).
Last week's ranking: 8 (--)
Rakeem Christmas and Tyler Roberson scored a combined 35 points, but it wasn't enough as the Orange dropped their second straight game, falling to North Carolina 93-83. Despite a record of 14-7 overall and 5-3 in conference, it's looking more and more like Syracuse may miss its first NCAA Tournament since 2007-08.
9. Pittsburgh Panthers (13-7, 3-4)
Last week: Lost to Duke (79-65), Lost to Louisville (80-68)
This week: @ Virginia Tech (1/27), Notre Dame (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 9 (--)
Pitt dropped a pair of ACC contests to top-ranked Duke and Louisville to fall to 13-7 overall and 3-4 in conference play. A trip to Cassell Coliseum and a date with winless Virginia Tech may be just what the Panthers need to halt a two-game skid. Then, on Saturday, Pitt hosts #8 Notre Dame at Petersen Events Center.
10. Clemson Tigers (11-8, 3-4)
Last week: Lost to Florida State (59-55), Defeated Wake Forest (59-57)
This week: @ N.C. State (1/28), Boston College (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 10 (--)
A Josh Smith layup with 0.5 seconds left gave Clemson a 59-57 victory over Wake Forest this past Saturday. It was just the 15th basket Smith has made in 19 games. The Tigers improved to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play. Up next: a road game at N.C. State on Wednesday, followed by a home game vs. BC on Saturday.
11. Florida St. Seminoles (10-10, 2-5)
Last week: Defeated Clemson (59-55), Lost to North Carolina (78-74)
This week: Wake Forest (1/28), Miami (2/1)
Last week's ranking: 13 (up 2)
Pair of close games for the 'Noles this week, which held off a late Clemson rally, winning 59-55. The Seminoles got 17 points from Xavier Rathan-Mayes and 14 from Bookert to end a three-game losing streak. Over the weekend, Florida State put a scare into North Carolina on the road, but would drop a 78-74 decision despite 35 points from Rathan-Mayes. FSU hosts a pair of ACC teams this week: Wake Forest on Wednesday and in-state rival Miami on Sunday.
12. Boston College Eagles (9-9, 1-5)
Last week: Lost to Syracuse (69-61), Defeated Georgia Tech (64-62)
This week: Louisville (1/28), @ Clemson (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 14 (up 2)
The Eagles dropped a road game at Syracuse during the week, but rallied for their first ACC victory of the year with a 64-62 win down in Atlanta over the Jackets. Two games on tap for BC this week, which hosts Louisville for the first time as ACC foes on Wednesday night (weather pending), then hits the road again for a game against Clemson at Littlejohn.
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-11, 1-6)
Last week: Lost to North Carolina (87-71), Lost to Clemson (59-57)
This week: @ Florida State (1/28), Virginia Tech (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 11 (down 2)
The Deacons dropped their third straight ACC contest with a 59-57 road loss at Clemson. Wake Forest's six ACC losses have been by an average of 8.5 points. First year coach Danny Manning has the team playing pretty well, all things considered, even if it doesn't show up in the W-L column.
14. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-11, 0-6)
Last week: Lost to Notre Dame (85-60), Lost to Virginia (50-47)
This week: Pittsburgh (1/27), @ Wake Forest (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 15 (up 1)
Hey, look! Despite another 0-2 week, the Hokies are out of the basement this week. Frank Beamer, your thoughts:
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-10, 0-7)
Last week: Lost to Virginia (57-28), Lost to Boston College (64-62)
This week: @ Miami (1/28), N.C. State (1/31)
Last week's ranking: 12 (down 3)
One surefire way to plummet to the bottom of these rankings is to lose each of your first seven ACC contests. To make matters worse, five of Georgia Tech's remaining 11 games are against teams currently ranked in the top 25: @ #23 Miami, @ #4 Duke, @ #13 North Carolina, #10 Louisville and #13 North Carolina.