Conference Stock Report

This week the league places five teams in the RPI top-25. Duke should also claim the top spot in the human polls. It is possible for three teams to be in the top-5 of the human polls this week. The past week also saw the emergence of another possible tournament team in Virginia Tech and the turnaround of Boston College.

Buy

Duke (18-1, 5-0): Duke is now number one, at least in the ACC. They entered the week ranked second in the human polls and #1 in the RPI. After dismantling NC State on Tuesday and embarrassing Maryland on Saturday, they will likely sit atop all three polls this week. "It's an honor and it says that you're playing really well," Krzyzewski said of the No. 1 ranking. "But you don't get anything from it except a really big headline when you lose." The big test comes this week when the Blue Devils head to formerly #1 Wake Forest on Wednesday.

Boston College (15-6, 3-3): It looks like the Eagles have righted the ship and are back in the hunt for a tournament bid. The scrappy win at Georgia Tech saved the season. The solid home win on Saturday put them back in the conversation. "We've had our slide and I don't think we'll go through that again," said Tyrese Rice after the game. This week is make- or-break time for BC. They head to Maryland on Tuesday and finish the week against Virginia Tech. They need at least a split to stay in the conversation for the post-season.

North Carolina (17-2, 3-2): If there were any doubts about this UNC team, they were put to bed on Wednesday night when they clobbered Clemson at home. Their 24-point win re-established them as a top-10 team. The win was the 54th straight at home against Clemson. This week they face two keys tests. They head to Florida State on Wednesday and then finish the week at NC State.

Virginia Tech (14-5, 4-1): It looks like there may be another contender for a tournament bid and that team is Virginia Tech. Coming off a must win game against BC, they went to Wake Forest and shocked the number one team in the country. Then they followed it up with a big road win at Miami in overtime. This week could firmly place the Hokies in the tournament discussion. They host suddenly vulnerable Clemson and then head to Boston College.

Sell

Virginia (7-9, 1-4): Things just keep getting worse for the Cavaliers. They started the week losing to struggling Maryland. Then they were beaten handily at home by FSU. The final spread was only eleven, but the ‘Noles led by as many as 21-points deep into the second half. They get a much needed break this week with no mid-week game, but they travel to Duke on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (9-9, 0-5): It is a good thing coach Paul Hewitt has a great recruiting class lined up for next year. Otherwise he would be in some trouble. The Yellow Jackets are in a battle with Virginia for the ignominious honor of being the worst team in the league. The good news is they get a break this week. They don't play a mid-week game. The bad news is they host Wake Forest on Saturday.

Maryland (13-6, 2-3): Despite the win at home against Virginia, it was a rough week for the Terps. On Saturday they suffered their worst defeat in conference history when they coughed up a 41-point loss at Duke. The season is starting to slip away at this point. They have just one quality win and now sit in ninth place in the league. This week offers them a chance to turn things around with home games against BC and Miami.

NC State (10-7, 1-4): The week was not kind to NC State. The school lost their women's basketball coach to cancer and the men's team dropped two games on the road. The Wolfpack were always a long shot for a tournament bid and they are now an even longer shot. Given their RPI and lack of quality wins, they need something big to revive their season. They get a shot this week when they host Miami and then finish the week at rival UNC.

Hold

Wake Forest (16-1, 3-1): This was the worst week for the Demon Deacons this season. That means they finally lost a game. On Wednesday they were knocked off by the surging Hokies at home for their first loss of the season. "You never want to lose, but I'm kind of glad we got it out the way," Teague said. "Everybody was trying to play perfect, and everybody didn't want to mess up and things like that, because they wanted to stay No. 1." They have a shot to reclaim the top spot in the polls when they host top rated Duke. That Wednesday night game shapes up to one of the best matchups of the season thus far.

Miami (14-5, 3-3): Another mixed bag for Miami as they beat rival FSU, but lost in overtime to Virginia Tech at home. Miami is a tough team to figure right now. When they get good play from their guards, McClinton and Hurdle, they can play with anyone. The trouble is they rarely play well at the same time. In their win of FSU, they combined for 44 points. In the loss to VT, they combined for just 25 points. They get a chance for two quality road wins as they travel to NC State and Maryland this week.

Florida State (16-4, 3-2): The Seminoles continue to look for a quality win in conference and this week they missed their chance. On Wednesday they dropped a winnable game at Miami. They did bounce back with a win at Virginia, but no one is going to care much about that one come March. They get another shot at it this week when the host UNC. A win and they remain a favorite to secure a tournament bid. A loss and they become a bubble team.

Clemson (17-2, 3-2): After starting the week with a big loss to UNC, Coach Purnell implored his point guard, Demontez Stitt, "to be more assertive and stop thinking so much." That seems to be the key for this team. When Stitt is aggressive, he is able to break down the defense and open up things for his teammates. In their two losses, he has had trouble handling the ball and penetrating to the basket. It seems to have worked for now, as they had little trouble handling Georgia Tech, snapping their two-game losing streak. We will find out if it has worked this week when they travel to Blacksburg to play the red hot Hokies.


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