ACC Top 5 Power Rankings: December 13, 2008

Clint BryantCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2008

The heart of the ACC basketball schedule is coming up and the usual suspects are at the top of the totem pole.  The question is who can stay on top and keep momentum going through the winter to get to March.

1. North Carolina:

North Carolina has all the talent and team chemistry to have a championship season.  Tyler Hansborough returns this season, but has been recovering from a few injuries that has hampered him through the beginning of the season.  Anything less than the NCAA championship will be a disappointment for this crew.

2. Duke

Duke has lived in North Carolina's shadow the last few years, but hopes to topple the giant this year.  They have made a few adjustments this year and look strong.

3. Wake Forest

Wake is young and strong when they do not have injuries in key positions.  If they stay strong, they could contend for the ACC crown in the ACC Championship.

4. Clemson

Oliver Purnell has improved this Tiger team every year since he has been the head coach. Last year they finally achieved the goal of making the NCAA tourney, but was eliminated in the first round. 

5. Miami

The Hurricane's started the season in the top 25, but have lost two games before January.  But do not lose hope, these losses were against good opponents, not the pushovers a lot of their conference mates are playing.