This is particularly complex with Pitt and Syracuse not yet in the ACC, but it can still be done. Here is how we view the ACC basketball schools as of December 29, 2011:
1. Syracuse (14-0) Still rolling. Destroyed a decent Seton Hall team in the conference opener.
2. North Carolina (12-2) The Tar Heels don’t play a ranked team until February 8th against Duke.
3. Duke (10-1) If Duke wins the next five, including games against Temple and Virginia, they have to move ahead of North Carolina.
4. Virginia (11-1) The Confidential moved the Cavs ahead of Pittsburgh in the last rankings… and Virginia is now ranked in the polls too.
5. Virginia Tech (10-3) An upcoming game against Oklahoma State is a rare in-season rematch against an OOC foe.
6. Florida State (8-4) Loss to Florida was disappointing. But Florida is really, really good this year.
7. Pittsburgh (11-3) No excuse for loss to Wagner. Even the loss at Notre Dame is a head shaker.
8. North Carolina State (8-4) 2-0 since losing to Syracuse. All winnable games for a few more weeks. Need to keep the momentum going.
9. Maryland (8-3) Maryland rises another spot–the Terps have won FIVE in a row now.
10. Wake Forest (8-4) A few wins in a row now against middling competition.
11. Miami (7-4) Played some tough opponents, but Miami needs to start stringing together wins.
12. Georgia Tech (7-5) Lost to Mercer was unacceptable.
13. Clemson (7-6) Just not winning enough. Got to win early in the season to have a chance.
14. Boston College (5-7) Three in a row going into game against ranked Harvard.
Agree? Disagree? Let us know!