Conference Stock Report

January means the full start of conference play in the ACC. The time for tuning up the veterans, establishing the rotation and working in the young guys is over. For the next two months, it is all about the standings and the chance to get one of the conference's NCAA bids. With that in mind, it is time to look at whose stock is rising and whose stock is falling.

Buy

Clemson (16-0, 2-0): Clemson is off to another hot start and the past week was more of the same. They have been prone to slow starts in games, but that was not the case over the last week. With three double digit wins last week, the Tigers are arguably the hottest team in the conference. This week they get a break from weekday action, but host #4 Wake Forest on Saturday.

Duke (14-1, 2-0): The hottest team in the conference may be the #2 Blue Devils. They finished up the week with a big win over Florida State on the road. Prior to that win, they beat media darling Davidson by 12 and Virginia Tech by 25. Next up for Duke is a mid-week game at Georgia Tech and then a national TV game hosting Georgetown.

Wake Forest (14-0, 1-0): The week turned out to be a statement week for the Demon Deacons. They went out to Utah and beat a solid BYU. Then they finished the week with a solid win over North Carolina. In the process, they made a strong case for being the top team in the conference. They have a chance to make a bid for the top spot in the polls this week with trips to formerly ranked Boston College and unbeaten Clemson.

Miami (12-3, 1-1): Relatively speaking, no one had a better week than the ‘Canes. Wins over NC Central and Florida Atlantic don't mean much, but their big road win at BC was huge for the program. It was their first victory at BC in a decade. Next week they get a chance to build on it with a winnable home game against Maryland and then a road trip to UNC.

Sell

Boston College (13-4, 1-1): The Eagles probably had the toughest week of any team in the conference. They started with a huge road win over UNC, but then lost to Harvard and Miami at home. Despite the start, the week left more doubts about a team that has yet to find an identity. This week does not get easier. They host #4 Wake on Wednesday and then travel to Blacksburg for a critical game against the Hokies.

Virginia (7-6, 1-1): For a team starting three freshmen, the goals are modest. They started the week getting beat solidly by Xavier and finished with a difficult loss to the struggling Hokies. Sandwiched in between was a win over Brown. They get a break, of sorts, with just one game this week. That game, however, is North Carolina.

North Carolina (14-2, 0-2): This was about as bad as it could get for the Tar Heels. First they lose at home to unranked Boston College. The week ended with their second loss in-conference, on the road at Wake Forest. They remain a favorite to win the conference, but the sense of invincibility has been dispelled. Things get easier this week with games against Virginia and Miami, but it will not do much to help their plunging poll numbers.

NC State (9-4, 0-1): The Wolfpack had their toughest week of the season, losing at Florida and Clemson. As expected, they have a talented and experienced frontline, but have yet to find a leader in the backcourt. This week will give them a shot at their first conference win as they host Florida State and Georgia Tech at home.

Georgia Tech (9-6, 0-2): The struggling Jackets had another rough week. They lost at Alabama to start the week and then let victory slip away at Maryland. The only bright spot was a win at home over rival Georgia. Things get even tougher this week with Duke at home on Wednesday and a trip to NC State on Saturday.

Hold

Maryland (12-3, 1-0): The Terps started the week with a dreadful loss at home against Morgan State. They ended the week with their first conference win, beating struggling Georgia Tech at home. They needed a late rally, however, to avoid their second consecutive loss. Things get tougher this week as they travel to Miami on Wednesday and finish the week at Florida State.

Virginia Tech (10-5, 1-1): It was a mixed bag for the Hokies. They started the week by getting embarrassed at Duke. They did bounce back with a home win over struggling Virginia, but that may not count for much as the Cavs are a struggling team this year. They get a break this week with a home game against Richmond before hosting Boston College on Saturday. That may be a measuring stick game for a team looking for some credibility.

Florida State (13-3, 0-1): The jury is still out on the Seminoles. They ran through a very weak early schedule, but questions still remain. They dropped their conference opener, one of the ugliest games in conference history, to #2 Duke. A better test comes this week when they travel to NC State and host Maryland on Saturday.

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