BALLSY ACC RANKINGS – Week 2

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Over all Raycom Sports, I’m participating in a ACC Power Rankings. the “rankers” are done by different bloggers, each representing a different team from the ACC. Obviously, I represent the Devils. We want to make sure to give props to Testudo Times, for organizing and running the rankings (yeah he’s a Terp, but not everyone can be perfect).

Here’s how this week’s rankings shacked up.

Final Position – Week 2
1. Duke (1.3)
2. UNC (2.35)
3. Clemson (3.07)
4. Maryland (4.35)
5. Wake (5.92)
6. Georgia Tech (6.28)
7. Florida State (6.35)
8. Miami (8)
9. Va. Tech (8.78)
10. Boston College (9.78)
11. NC State (10)
12. Virginia (11.71)

No big changes from week one. Thanks to the Orange, Duke and UNC swapped spots, while Georgia Tech dropped a spot after being upset by Dayton. Anyhow, below are MY official rankings. As you will see, I stand alone in my belief in the Florida State Seminoles, while slightly underestimating the Clemson Tigers.

NOTE: These rankings were done Sunday night. Some results have occurred over the last two days that would make a big difference.

BIG DUKE BALLS WEEK TWO RANKINGS:

1. NORTH CAROLINA
I bet you expected me to move Duke up to No 1. You people really don’t know me at all. Listen, I’m not going to punish UNC for one bad 8-minute stretch. Yeah, it was pretty bad, but for now, they’ll stay on top. Having said that, the Tar Heels need to find a leader on the floor. Coach Williams can plenty of timeouts and make all the cute coaching changes he wants to stop a bad stretch, but when things are going wrong, someone on the floor needs to be THE GUY. Last year’s title team had three guys who could be that guy.

2. DUKE
They’re winning by 34 points a game, but they’ve only faced cupcakes in Durham. Win the NIT Preseason Tournament, then I’ll be impressed. However, can I point out that John Scheyer has a 21:0 assist-to-turnover ratio? He’s played 131 minutes and has not turn the ball over once this season.

3. FLORIDA STATE
Soloman Alabi needs to start getting nasty in the middle. Right now, pulling down just half-a-dozen rebounds per game. They also need Michael Snaer to take some shots. Two shots against Mercer is not acceptable for the freshman.

4. MARYLAND
What’s wrong with Greivis Vasquez? He’s shooting just 30% from the floor, averaging only 7.5 per game. If I was a Terps fan (God that sucked just writing that), I wouldn’t sweat it. He’s pressing a bit, but he’s a senior, he’ll get his act together.

5. CLEMSON
The Tigers had a lot of question marks for their guards heading into the season, but so far two sophomores (Smith, Young) and a freshman (N. Johnson) have answered the questions…in a positive way. The trio of young guards have averaged 29 points, 8.8 rebounds and seven assists per game.

6. GEORGIA TECH
Despite all the talent, we can’t forget how young and inexperienced this team is. No shame in losing to a ranked (21st) Dayton team. Luckily for them, there won’t be another challenging non-conference game on the schedule, unless you count Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

7. WAKE FOREST
Al-Farouq Aminu shows off his “All-ACC” chops, averaging 23/10 per game, hitting on nearly 70% of his shots from the field.

8. MIAMI
So far, the Canes have been impressive, including a 50-point whipping of Nova Southeast. Who’s Nova Southeast you ask. Don’t ask me, I have no clue.

9. VIRGINIA TECH
They are undefeated, but none of the wins have been overwhelming against weaker opponents, producing only a 12.5 point margin of victory over Brown, UNC-Greensboro and Campbell.

10. BOSTON COLLEGE
After allowing only 5-26 from behind the arch in their first two games, the Eagles gave up 10-21 in a loss to St Joseph’s. Might be something to watch down the road.

11. NC State
The Wolfpack may be undefeated, but they have yet to break 70 points, hitting only 10 total three pointers.

12. Virginia
Losing to the South Florida Bulls in football, no shame in that. Losing to them in basketball, that’s not a good sign.