ACC in the AP Top 25 – Week 9

The 9th installment of the rankings saw two ACC teams fall and history be made. For the first time since 1961, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are absent from the Top 25. This weekly article, however, focuses on the positive and that comes in the form of three teams remaining ranked.

#13 VIRGINIA 9-2 (5-0)
LAST WEEK: #18 (80-68 Win vs ND, 85-50 Win @ CLEMSON)
THIS WEEK: vs NCST (PPD), vs GT 1/23

What can be said of the ‘Hoos performances in Week 8? Impressive? Obliteration (ESPN)? Dominance? I’d go with perspective. Although Tony Bennett and staff have made some high-level adjustments on both sides of the ball, it is important to note that the highlighted victory against Clemson came on the heels of an 8-day hiatus from all basketball activity for the Tigers. UVA fans will remember well how shabby the team looked against Gonzaga after 10-days of quarantine. Combine that layoff with UVA shooting 61% from the field and you get the perfect storm known on The Grounds of UVA as a “Cavalanche.”

LAST WEEK: #20 (74-67 Win vs DUKE, 64-60 Win @ WAKE
THIS WEEK: vs BC 1/20, @ CUSE 1/23

The Hokies get a jump in the rankings this week after a win against, then #21, Duke in a game where Tech never looked out of control. Keve Aluma received help from Tyrece Radford as well as a 12-point boost from the bench by Jalen Cone. Despite the “too close for comfort” victory against a scrappy Wake Forest team, Virginia Tech still proved to be a top-tier team in an uncharacteristically depleted ACC.

LAST WEEK: #12 (85-50 Loss vs UVA)
THIS WEEK: @ GT 1/20, @ FSU 1/23

In their lone contest of the week, Clemson treated the 1,876 in attendance at Little John to a forgettable performance. Previously mentioned, Clemson didn’t touch a ball for 8-days leading up to this game due to COVID guidelines. Said head coach Brad Brownell, “This break wasn’t good for us,” and reemphasized later, “This break was bad.” This week lends a rebound game against Georgia Tech before a Saturday showdown on the road with an upward-trending Seminoles team the Tigers beat 77-67 in December.


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