Before we know it, the regular season of yet another NCAA Basketball season will be over, and for fans of the Florida State Seminoles, we can’t get to March soon enough! Here is a look at this week’s Power Rankings.
1. North Carolina Tar Heels (No change)
UNC passed their tests this week, easily dispatching of Wake Forest and beating Maryland 83-74 in a very hostile environment. They’ve now won 14 of their last 15 games, with the lone loss coming at the hands of the …
2. Florida State Seminoles (Up 1)
A second-half comeback against GT and a good win against Virginia has the ‘Noles sitting pretty with their first seven-game ACC winning streak in program history. They did exactly what they had to do — hold serve at home. Now, they have a road trip to Boston College followed by a huge home game against Miami.
3. Duke Blue Devils (Down 1)
Duke is now 0-2 at home this season against teams from the state of Florida. When you combine those losses with a recent inability to sell out student tickets, the state of Duke Basketball is sliding. Wednesday, they travel to UNC for a game the Devils must win to keep pace with FSU. Repeat that sentence, and sit down if you’re light-headed.
4. Virginia Cavaliers (No change)
UVA hung tough and had a shot to beat Florida State on the road. That impressed me, and head coach Tony Bennett is killing it with this bunch. No need to drop them in my Power Rankings when they almost beat FSU on the road (and beat Clemson at home earlier in the week).
5. NC State Wolfpack (No change)
Well, they beat Boston College and Wake Forest, so they get credit for not slipping up. Other than that, I don’t know how I can talk up a week like that.
6. Miami Hurricanes (Up 3)
The ‘Canes needed three overtimes to win two games this week — two to beat Maryland 90-86, and one to beat No. 5 Duke 78-74. They beat Duke for the first time ever at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but they’re not out of the woods yet: in the next three weeks, they play FSU twice and UNC once.
7. Maryland Terrapins (Down 1)
Maryland had a rough week, losing to Miami and UNC. They were in both games until the end, which makes those losses even more demoralizing. They need to rebound quickly with games against Clemson and Duke this week, both on the road.
8. Virginia Tech Hokies (No change)
The Hokies ended their three-game skid with a home victory against Clemson, a 67-65 nailbiter. This week, they have Miami and Boston College, so I only expect them to win one game this week (and it won’t come on the road against the Hurricanes).
9. Clemson Tigers (Down 2)
Clemson had two shots at the state of Virginia this week (UVA and VT) and lost both times. They were both close losses, but the Tigers have just two wins in their last seven games, and they both came over teams ranked below them in my Power Rankings.
10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Up 1)
The Yellow Jackets got back into the winner’s circle for the first time in nearly a month when they beat Boston College over the weekend, so I moved them up for the time being. They have one game this week — a home game against NC State, which will be a test to say the least.
11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Down 1)
The Deacs have now lost seven of their last eight games after losses to UNC and NC State last week. They’re now 0-4 in ACC games against teams from the state of North Carolina, and only one of those games was decided by less than 10 points.
12. Boston College Eagles (No change)
BC: still terrible. They’re the only team that the fellow bad teams in the ACC are beating, and they’ve lost six games in a row in-conference. Hosting FSU probably won’t be pretty, and I don’t think a road trip to VT later in the week will end well, either.