This is particularly complex with Pitt, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Syracuse not yet in the ACC, but it can still be done. This is how the Confidential ranks the ACC basketball teams as of January 8, 2013:
1. Duke (14-0)–The Blue Devils are either loved or hated. But you have to hand it to this team–they are really taking care of business.
2. Louisville (13-1)–The ACC’s newest addition’s only loss came to Duke. Louisville has better wins (Missouri, Kentucky) than Syracuse (Arkansas).
3.Syracuse (13-1)–The Orange overcame a scare against South Florida. Only blemish on the season remains Temple.
4.Notre Dame (14-1)--The Irish have the same record as Syracuse, but Syracuse went on the road to beat Arkansas. Notre Dame’s best win is over Kentucky–impressive, but just slightly behind the Orange.
5. Maryland (13-1)–The Terps have the worst resume of the four 1 loss teams. The best win is over Northwestern, who has never made a Big Dance. Yep, never.
6. North Carolina State (12-2)–The Wolfpack have not lost in a long, long time. Sunday’s game against Duke will be a big one.
7. Pittsburgh (12-3)–The Panthers were looking good at 12-1 with its only loss being to Michigan. Then Pitt lost to Cincy and (gasp) Rutgers. What happened to Pitt hoops?
8.Miami (10-3)–Miami has nice wins over Michigan State and now Georgia Tech. Only losses were to Arizona and Indiana. Looking pretty good.
9. Virginia (11-3)–The Wahoos would have been behind the Tar Heels, but Sunday’s head-to-head win solves that. A nice win over Wisconsin helps offset some bad early losses.
10. North Carolina (10-4)–North Carolina has not looked like a typical North Carolina team this year. 10th place?
11.Georgia Tech (10-3)–The Yellow Jackets are rebounding nicely after a poor 2011-2012. Still looking for a high quality win though.
12. Virginia Tech (9-5)–After starting 7-0, the Hokies have lost 5 of 7. Not exactly murderer’s row either.
13. Florida State (9-5)–The Seminoles seem to have righted the ship slightly. Still hard to explain losses to South Alabama and Mercer.
14. Clemson (8-5)–The Tigers are going to have a tough season, end of story. Playing for a NIT bid.
15. Boston College (8-6)–The Eagles already look better than last year’s version. Will it be enough to get farther away from the cellar? We’ll see.
16. Wake Forest (7-6)–The Demon Deacons do not have a truly awful loss. But they should have a few more wins, given the schedule.
Right/wrong? Disagree? If not, let us know.