The Boston College Eagles get little in the way of extra effort points in the Week 11 ACC basketball power rankings.
Barely holding on after blowing a double-digit lead against Harvard was the best thing that happened to Boston College basketball this past week. Their game against Virginia could have been even better, except the Eagles collapsed in the second half to get blown out. Let’s face it: there’s not much to celebrate.
As for the rest of the ACC, things are looking up. Which teams are making moves in the power rankings?
Week 11 ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Top Third
Virginia Cavaliers 17-0
Last week: Clemson (W), Boston College (W)
Last rank: 1st
The Hoos keep on trucking. They grind you down defensively and find ways to win, even when they do not look their best. Against Boston College, they did not, but to be cliche, they believe in themselves.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 17-2
Last week: Georgia Tech (W), Miami (W)
Last rank: 3rd
Notre Dame is playing some outstanding basketball and have to be considered a threat to win the conference this season, as painful as it might be for us to say it. Georgia Tech is not much of a win, but Miami is. They gave Virginia a competitive game as well.
Duke Blue Devils 15-2
Last week: Miami (L), Louisville (W)
Last rank: 2nd
Duke overcame their brief lull by beating Louisville. Duke will be fine when the season is all done, but we’ll have a much better idea of how the ACC will shake out on January 31 when Duke and Virginia play one another.
North Carolina Tar Heels 14-4
Last week: NC State (W), Virginia Tech (W)
Last rank: 4th
Those four losses do not mean a whole lot to me, given how tough UNC’s schedule has been. This week they have a few more lighter conference games coming up, though Wake Forest is improving quickly.
Louisville Cardinals 15-3
Last week: Virginia Tech (W), Duke (L)
Last rank: 5th
Louisville caught Duke in one of their more vulnerable points and still got soundly defeated at home. The Cardinals are a very good team, but with losses to the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, they would seem to be step behind the most elite teams in the conference. They get UNC again on January 31.