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Boston College Basketball No. 37 In Preseason Pomeroy Ratings

3 ACC teams in the top ten and BC is ranked 7th in the conference at #37

Streeter Lecka

The initial 2013-14 Kenpom Rankings are out, giving Eagles fans yet another indication that there is some national optimism surrounding our men's basketball team. With the ACC freshman of the year Olivier Hanlan returning and Alex Dragicevich entering his first season eligible to play for the Eagles there is good reason for the optimism. Alex Dragicevich was often mentioned as being the best player on the court in practice last season as he sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. With Hanlan and Eddie Odio developing as they did, expectations were already well on the rise for the Eagles. Now, the Eagles have all their key players back and one addition they feel they can count on for significant contributions in Dragicevich.

BC came in ranked 7th in the ACC in a league that put 3 teams in the top ten and 5 in the top 25. With the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh who are both starting the season in the top 25. The ACC is expected to be the top conference for college basketball this season now that the Big East is only a portion of what it used to be but the Big Ten also placed 5 teams in the top 25 but only 3 in the top 20 compared to the ACC's five teams.

Here is where all the ACC teams are ranked:

6. Duke Blue Devils
9. Syracuse Orange
10. North Carolina Tar Heels
19. Virginia Cavaliers
20. Pittsburgh Panthers
32. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
37. Boston College Eagles
44. Maryland Terrapins
58. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
62. Miami Hurricanes
72. N.C. State Wolfpack
91. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
96. Clemson Tigers
105. Florida St. Seminoles
154. Virginia Tech Hokies

So much for Miami winning the ACC last season. The Canes ranking accurately reflects how much scoring they lost to the NBA and graduation since last season. The strength on Boston College's in conference schedule is fair this season because they play Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech twice.