Duke sent Maryland back to College Park with a statement that they were the best team in the ACC.
The Clemson Tigers came up with two solid wins to put them on the correct side of the NCAA bubble.
Georgia Tech is sinking fast and picked the wrong time of the season to play its worst basketball of the year.
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1. Duke Blue Devils (21-4, 9-2) Last week - One
A couple of things happened this week, that may be the difference in Duke being the first top two seed eliminated from NCAAs and going to the Elite 8 or better.
On Wednesday, they took North Carolina's best shot in Chapel Hill and still won by 10. That's the sign of a mature team.
Then on Saturday, they beat a very good Maryland team by 21. Brian Zoubek had 16 pts and 17 rebounds. If he maintains that level of play, you have to totally reassess how good this team is.
Next game is at Miami on Feb. 17, then a home game with Virginia Tech on Feb. 21.
2) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (18-5, 8-3) Last week - Three
Wake Forest held serve at home this week with two solid wins. They beat Boston College 92-85 last Tuesday and Georgia Tech 75-64. They've won four games in a row and have just about locked up an NCAA at-large bid.
Ishmael Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu give Wake the best guard/forward combination in the ACC. Now the Deacs are playing for a first round bye in the ACC tournament.
A critical game is Tuesday at Virginia Tech, then the Deacs need to focus on a down but dangerous NC State Saturday. That game is in Raleigh.
3) Maryland Terrapins (16-7, 6-3) Last week - Two
The Terps had their game with Virginia postponed until Monday. They lost 77-56 at Duke. I don't think anyone is winning at Cameron this season, so nothing was really lost there.
Maryland will have a tough week ahead. They have to play three games in six days, Monday at home with Virginia, then on the road at NC State, then a reeling Georgia Tech comes to College Park.
If the Terps can go no worse than 2-1, you have to like their position for the stretch run.
4) Virgina Tech Hokies (20-4, 7-3) Last week - Seven
It took me weeks before I was sold on the Hokies. Count me in now. They've now won seven of their last eight games.
They won by 20 at NC State this week and beat Virginia 61-55 on Saturday. I think you have to recognize the job Seth Greenberg is doing.
At 20-4, the Hokies are the only second team in the ACC with 20 wins at this point. They still lack a signature win, but they get a couple of opportunities this week with a home game Tuesday against Wake Forest, then a road game at Duke on Sunday.
5) Clemson Tigers (18-7, 6-5) Last week - Eight
Demontez Stitt is back looking like his old self, and the Tigers appear to be an NCAA team again. Stitt had 15 points and six assists against Miami in the 74-66 win.
They also got solid a 77-67 win over Florida State as well. Now the Tigers get some time off before a home with Virginia on Saturday.
6) Florida State Seminoles (18-7, 6-5) Last week - Four
Florida lost at Clemson this week, but came back with a strong 62-47 win at home over Boston College. The Seminoles have maintained their position as one of the ACC's best defensive teams, and now need to solidify their NCAA seeding.
This week is not a must game at Virginia, but a victory there would get Florida State one step closer to that coveted at-large NCAA bid.
7) Virginia Cavaliers (14-8, 5-4) Last week Six
The dream start for the Cavaliers may be coming to an end. Their overall lack of talent is catching up with them in the rugged ACC.
They've lost four of their last six ACC games, with their only wins over ACC bottom feeders UNC, and NC State.
Last week was a 61-55 loss at Virginia Tech. This week like Maryland they have 3 games in 6 days.
They play Maryland Monday, then Florida State on Wednesday, then at Clemson Saturday. Question what would Virginia's record be if they had the talent that Georgia Tech does?
8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-8, 5-6) Last week - Five
The Jackets are playing terrible basketball over the last two weeks. They've lost three of their last four games, and for the first time this year may be on the wrong side of the NCAA bubble.
Paul Hewitt continues his recent trend of failing get to his teams to play to their potential. This week there was losses at Miami and at Wake Forest.
A must win is Tuesday at home against UNC, then a road game at Maryland Saturday. If they lose both say hello to the NIT, and goodbye to Paul Hewitt?
9) Miami Hurricanes (17-8, 3-8) Last week - 10
If Miami played their entire schedule at home, they'd probably have six fewer losses. They've only lost one game at home this season. They are just another team in Miami.
This week they beat Georgia Tech 64-62 at home, but lost at Clemson 74-66. A quirk in the schedule has the Canes only playing one more road game the rest of year, but with already eight ACC losses, I think it is too much to overcome.
They get Duke at home on Wednesday. The conference's most prolific three pt shooting team is capable of pulling the upset.
10) Boston College Eagles (12-13, 3-8) Last week - Nine
The Eagles have been out of NCAA bid contention for quite awhile, but falling below .500 has them out of even NIT contention at this point.
Rough week for the Eagles they also lost at Wake Forest 92-85. When you're last in the ACC in defensive FG percentage and three pt shooting percentage that's just to much to make up for week in and week out for Al Skinner's bunch. They get North Carolina at home Saturday.
11) North Carolina Tar Heels (14-11, 3-7) Last week - 11
North Carolina played their hearts out against Duke, but still lost 64-54. They did beat NC State in Chapel Hill 74-61 to avoid being placed last on this list.
I didn't see anything in particular in either game that had me thinking the Heels could go on any kind of run.
There seemed to be more attention to defense, but with Ed Davis out for the rest of the year, the Heels are playing to get into the NIT.
12) North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-12, 2-9) Last week 12
Maybe all the close losses finally got to the Wolfpack, because they just aren't playing good basketball now. They lost by 20 at home to Virginia Tech, then by 13 to North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The Pack hasn't won an ACC game since Jan. 20 when they defeated the Duke Blue Devils.
Sidney Lowe is signing a great recruiting class for next year so help is on the way. Wednesday the Pack play Maryland then it is Saturday against Wake Forest. Both games are at NC State.
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