Jody Demling

Here's a look at a few news and notes from around the ACC

Here's a look at some of the top news and players from around the ACC

With conference play is now underway, here's a quick glance across the ACC at some of the top news, notes and performers:

Rankings, Standings

  • A league record-tying seven ACC programs are ranked in the latest AP Top 25.  The league has had seven teams ranked in the AP poll on seven previous occasions, with the last time coming on Dec. 27, 2005.  This marks the first time that seven teams have been in the AP Top 25 during the month of January.
  • North Carolina leads all league teams nationally with 867 AP listings all-time. Duke has been ranked in 381 of the last 384 polls and is second to UNC with 760 rankings.  Virginia has been ranked in the top 10 in 41 of the last 50 AP polls, while Louisville has been ranked in 85 of the last 88 AP polls.
  • With Louisville's win against Indiana on New Year's Eve, the ACC improved to 154-35 in out of conference play this season.
AP Top 25 ACC Standings League Overall
8. Duke Florida State 2-0 14-1
9. Louisville Virginia Tech 1-0 12-1
11. Virginia Notre Dame 1-0 12-2
12. Florida State Clemson 1-0 11-2
14. North Carolina Miami 1-0 11-2
21. Virginia Tech Georgia Tech 1-0 9-4
23. Notre Dame Boston College 1-0 8-6
Virginia 1-1 11-2
Duke 0-1 12-2
Louisville 0-1 12-2
North Carolina 0-1 12-3
NC State 0-1 11-3
Pittsburgh 0-1 11-3
Syracuse 0-1 8-6
Wake Forest 0-2 9-5

Performers of Note

  • Pitt’s Michael Young (22.9) and Jamel Artis (21.2), rank first and third among ACC scoring leaders. The two seniors have each scored 20 points or more in the same game an NCAA-leading seven times this season.
  • In addition to the Pitt duo, two other ACC players are averaging above 20 points a game.  Duke's Luke Kennard is second in the league with a 21.4 ppg, with Boston College sophomore Jermone Robinson scoring 20.6 per outing. 
  • Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon has scored 10-or-more points in an ACC-best 24 straight games and ranks sixth in the ACC in scoring with an 8.1 ppg average.
  • A trio are averaging more than 10 rebounds per game, with Duke senior Amile Jefferson leading the league with a 10.9 per game.  Bozie Colson of Notre Dame is pulling down 10.5 per game and Georgia Tech's Ben Lammers grabbing an average of 10.1 boards.  With a 7.5 average, U of L's Jaylen Johnson checks in at 13th in the ACC.
  • Notre Dame's Colson leads the league with eight double-double's this season.
  • Georgia Tech's Lammers leads the ACC with 3.6 blocks per game, with Louisville's Anas Mahmoud second with 2.5 per game.
  • The Boston College backcourt is catching fire.  Over its last three games, the starting backcourt of Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson has averaged 47.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists while shooting .636 from the floor and .655 from 3-point range.
  • Louisville's Donovan Mitchell set a new career-high with 25 points in last Saturday’s win over No. 16 Indiana, passing his previous career-high of 18 points set against Wake Forest on Jan. 3, 2016.
  • Mitchell, along with Duke's Matt Jones, leads the ACC with 2.1 steals per game.
  • Virginia Tech sophomore Ahmed Hill leads the league by connecting on 45 percent of his three-point attempts.

Team Numbers

  • North Carolina is averaging 87.9 points per game, first in the ACC and 11th in the nation.  Florida State is second at 86.2 ppg, with Virginia Tech third at 84.2.
  • Virginia is tops in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 48.6 a game.  Miami is second (58.9) and Louisville is third (60.4).
  • Louisville is best defending the three-point shot, allowing opponents to connect on just 27.3 of its attempts.
  • Miami has won 21 straight games at the Watsco Center, with an 8-0 mark this season.
  • Florida State's 14-1 start ties the school record for best start after 15 games, and they have won their first two ACC games for the third time in school history.
  • Virginia Tech has now 14 straight home games dating back to last season.
  • North Carolina's rebounding margin of 14.3 leads the league.
  • The ACC's top shot-blocking teams are Georgia Tech (7.0) and Louisvillle (6.5).


  • Miami’s Jim Larrañaga is just one win shy of 600 career victories, posting a 599-393 mark in 33 seasons as a head coach.
  • Florida State has the league's longest winning streak at 10 straight games.  Clemson is next with nine consecutive wins.
  • Duke announced that head coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo back surgery on Friday and will be sidelined for up to four weeks.
  • Florida State's Dwayne Bacon was named the week's ACC Player of the Week.
  • Ky Bowman of Boston College and Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie were selected as co-Freshmen of the Week.

Week Ahead

Here's a look at some of the key league match-ups this week:

Jan. 3 Clemson at North Carolina : ESPN2 7pm
Jan. 4 Georgia Tech at Duke : ESPN2 7pm
Jan. 4 Louisville at Notre Dame : ACCN 9pm
Jan. 4 Virginia at Pittsburgh : RSN 9pm
Jan. 4 Virginia Tech at NC State : ACCN 9pm
Jan. 7 Louisville at Georgia Tech : ACCN 2pm
Jan. 7 Virginia Tech at Florida State : ACCN 2pm
Jan. 7 NC State at North Carolina : ESPN 8pm

Full league schedule, click here.

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