ACC Basketball Rankings for Dec. 28-Jan. 4: Duke Blue Devils Remain No. 1

Jeffrey FannAnalyst IDecember 29, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils runs upcourt against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half of the Aeropostale Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 19, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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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.
The first week of January is upon us, and the basketball season will really start to get going.

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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.