It was a light week in ACC Basketball this past week due to the holiday season. NC State did lose a heartbreaker to Arizona, and North Carolina picked up a win against Rutgers.
1) Duke Blue Devils (9-1, 0-0) Last week - 1
Duke was idle this past week. The Blue Devils have a big week-ending game against the Clemson Tigers upcoming.
2) North Carolina Tar Heels (10-3, 0-0) Last week - 2
The Tar Heels had a strong holiday pair of games. They defeated Marshall 98-61 and Rutgers 81-67.
The Heels struggled for a large part of the Rutgers game without the services of starting guard Marcus Ginyard, who hurt his ankle in practice Saturday. The stat of the week: the Heels lead the ACC in scoring, but are last in defense.
3) Clemson Tigers (11-2, 0-0) Last week - 3
The Tigers moved to 11-2 with a 22-point win over Western Carolina. Trevor Booker and his brother Devin a freshman combined for 41 points in the win. SC State provides a tuneup before the big showdown on Jan. 3 at Duke.
4) Florida State Seminoles (11-2, 1-0) Last week - 4
The Seminoles took care of Tennessee-Martin 95-68. The Noles are playing well and I don't expect they'll have any trouble in their two games this week against Alabama A&M and Texas A&M-CC. That's Corpus Christi if you didn't know.
5) Virgina Tech Hokies (10-1, 0-0) Last week - 5
Virginia Tech routed the Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers 71-34. I'm still suspicious of the Hokies though. Their best win is two-point victory over Penn State. We'll know more this week after a non-conference game with Seton Hall.
6) Miami Hurricanes (12-1, 0-1) Last week - 6
The Canes did not play this week. They have Bethune-Cookman and Pepperdine on the schedule next.
7) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-2, 1-0) Last week - 7
Wake Forest played one game this week, defeating NC Greensboro 75-60. Xavier will provide a good non-conference test this week.
8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2, 0-1) Last week - 8
The Jackets had an 80-55 win over Kennesaw State on Dec 22. A road game at a 9-2 UNC-Charlotte will be tricky. The Jackets are second in the ACC in defensive FG percentage and only give up 61 points a game.
9) Maryland Terrapins (8-3, 0-0) Last week 9
The Terps had a couple of double-digit wins this past week over Winston-Salem State and Florida Atlantic. Maryland has dangerous game with William & Mary on Dec. 30. William & Mary defeated Wake Forest earlier in the year. Greivis Vasquez was named ACC player of the week after averaging 26.5 points in Maryland's two victories.
10) Boston College Eagles (8-4, 1-0) Last week 10
Joe Trapani and Corey Raji both had 18 points in a 79-67 win over UMASS. Both are averaging more than 15 points a game. South Carolina and Maine next up for the Eagles.
11) North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-3, 0-1) Last week 11
That would have been a nice RPI-building road win for the Wolfpack could have pulled it off. The Wildcats scored with one second left to seal the win. Winthrop, NC-Greensboro, and a tough out-of-conference game with Florida dot the schedule for this week.
12) Virginia Cavaliers (6-4, 0-0) Last week 12
The Cavs defeat Hampton 80-54 this past Wednesday. An 11-1 UAB team that has wins over Cincinnati and Butler could be a confidence-building win if Virginia can get it.