This Week in the ACC - 1/8

This column will run as a weekly feature throughout the season. Basically it's going to contain everything you want to know about the ACC - the biggest wins and losses of the week, team power rankings, different types of All-ACC honors, preview of the upcoming "match-up of the week", and much more.

This Week in the ACC 1/08--1/15

For this issue, I'll break down everything from the start of the year until now.

Biggest win of the season- North Carolina edging Clemson 90-88

Believe it or not this was probably UNC's 1st tournament resume victory of the season. Don't get me wrong, the Tar Heels aren't going to have to be sweating on selection Sunday, but just look at their schedule. Who have they beaten that impresses you? Davidson? Ohio State? Kentucky? Nevada? I guess maybe BYU can be considered a pretty nice victory, but besides them nobody really jumps off the page at you.

I'm not blaming UNC for their schedule either since they are made in advance. Of the teams mentioned above who would think that Kentucky would have such a down year, or that Ohio State would be in complete rebuilding mode.

With all of that being said, very nice win for Roy Williams and Co. to start off their ACC campaign.

Runner up: Virginia defeating Arizona 75-72

For the 2nd straight year, Virginia picked up a huge OOC victory over the Wildcats. Maybe the biggest surprise was Sophomore Jamil Tucker stepping off the bench for 12 points and 4 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. If Virginia can get anything from their bench this season, they have the makings of a Sweet 16 team written all over them.

Worst loss of the season: Maryland laying down to American University at College Park

Is this the same American University who couldn't win on the road at Loyola and at home against Fairfield? Just checking

Remember when the Terps used to be just about unbeatable in College Park? Yikes. 

Runner-up: Boston College falling to Robert Morris 57-51

Quick trivia question for everyone today---Before 2006 which was the only active conference to never win an NCAA Tournament game? The answer is the Northeast Conference- Guess what conference Robert Morris plays in?

To put the loss in perspective, the Colonials went .500 in NEC play last season. I know that BC is in rebuilding mode, but a loss to any NEC school is inexcusable.

ACC Power Rankings

1. North Carolina (1/9 vs. UNC Asheville, 1/12 vs. NC State)

2. Duke (1/9 vs. Temple, 1/13 vs. Virginia)   

3. Clemson (1/9 vs. Charlotte, 1/12 vs. FSU)

4. Virginia (1/13 @ Duke)

5. Miami (1/12 vs. GT, 1/6 vs. GT)

6. NC State (1/9 vs. NC Central, 1/12 @UNC)

7. Florida State (1/12 @Clemson)

8. Boston College (1/12 vs. WF)

9. Wake Forest (1/8 vs. BYU, 1/12 @ BC)

10. Maryland (1/8 vs. Holy Cross, 1/12 @ VT)

11. Georgia Tech (1/9 @ Georgia, 1/12 vs. Miami)

12. Virginia Tech (1/12 vs. Maryland)

All-ACC 1st Team

G- Sean Singletary- Virginia

G- Tyrese Rice- BC

G- Wayne Ellington- UNC

F- Tyler Hansbrough- UNC

F- James Gist- Maryland

All-ACC 2nd Team

G- Ty Lawson- UNC

G- Greivis Vasquez- Maryland

F- J.J. Hickson NC State

F- James Mays- Clemson

F- Gerald Henderson- Duke

Just an FYI- My All-ACC Teams were based on past production so far this season and last season, and what I predict these players will do from here on out.

Game of the Week: Virginia @ Duke 1/13

Duke looks to be making their way back towards a normal Coach K caliber team, as the Blue Devils already have resume building wins over Marquette and Wisconsin. Besides Clemson, it would be tough to convince me that a team other than Duke will finish 2nd in the ACC.

It isn't as easy to project where Virginia will finish in the ACC Standings. With All-ACC guard Sean Singletary any place as high as 3rd is reasonable. Of course, when you factor in the unpredictability of his help, anywhere as low as 9th or 10th in the standings wouldn't be out of the question. Most likely, the Cavs' will finish somewhere in between, and Sunday night will help to determine just how good they are.

Runner-Up: NC State @ UNC 1/12

After starting off the season a rocky 4-3, the Wolfpack have won 6 straight. Is it the product of an easy schedule, or is NC State finally playing like most people thought they would? There's no better way to find out than by playing the top team in the league… oh yea and the country!

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