ACC men's basketball power rankings (Week of Jan. 22)

IRISH STEW

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Following are the ACC power rankings from NDI’s Tom Noie. Records do not include Monday’s game. Quotes are from the Jan. 22 coaches’ teleconference. North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams did not participate in the call since their teams played on ESPN’s Big Monday.

1. VIRGINIA (18-1 overall; 7-0 ACC)

Last week: 1

Noting: Following Sunday’s win at Wake Forest, Virginia has started league play 7-0 for the second time in four seasons.

Quoting: “League play, conference play is such a challenge. To be successful on the road, at home, I don’t think it’s easy because of the parity. It checks you for leaks; that’s what the ACC does.”

-Virginia coach Tony Bennett.

2. LOUISVILLE (15-4; 5-1)

Last week: 3

Noting: Off to its best start in the ACC since joining the league four years ago, Louisville has had 37 scoring runs of at least 8-0 this year. It had two in Sunday’s home win over Boston College.

Quoting: “We seem to be playing pretty well right now. The road only gets tougher as we move forward in the season.”

-Louisville interim coach David Padgett.

3. DUKE (17-2; 5-2)

Last week: 4

Noting: Duke extended its consecutive game streak of at least one 3-pointer to 1,003, fourth longest in the nation, during Saturday’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Quoting: "Every game in our conference is huge. You don't get two wins for what some people call a 'huge win.' They come one at a time. We think every game is a big game, because it is."

-Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on recruiting

4. CLEMSON (16-3; 5-2)

Last week: 2

Noting: The Tigers lost power forward Donte Grantham to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the rest of the year. Averaging 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 32.4 minutes in ACC play, Grantham was hurt with 10:55 remaining in Saturday’s game against Notre Dame after he was bumped by Irish power forward Martinas Geben and landed awkwardly on his right leg.

Quoting: “Feel awful for him. Just an unbelievable young man, a terrific player having an All-ACC type of season. A real leader of our program. It’s a big loss for our team.”

-Clemson coach Brad Brownell on Grantham’s injury.

5. NORTH CAROLINA (16-4; 5-2)

Last week: 5

Noting: The Tar Heels finished with a (+21) rebounding advantage and 26-4 in second-chance points during Saturday’s home victory over Georgia Tech.

Quoting: “We're doing a decent job, knock on wood, of defensive rebounding. Except for two games all year, we're still not offensively rebounding like I would like to but it's a huge emphasis for us and usually you do pretty well with things you emphasize most."

-North Carolina coach Roy Williams following Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech.

6. MIAMI (Fla.) (14-4; 3-3)

Last week: 6

Noting: The Hurricanes shots 57.6 percent from the field had had a season-high 26 assists in Sunday’s 86-81 victory at North Carolina State. Miami improved to 5-2 on the road and 8-3 overall away from home.

Quoting: "We are so much better when we get touches, whether you pass it or get a dribble hand-off. The more you involve multiple players in the same possession, the better off we are."

-Miami coach Jim Larranaga.

7. FLORIDA STATE (14-5; 3-4)

Last week: 9

Noting: The Seminoles shot 58 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3 in Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech. In its three prior games, Florida State connected on only 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3. The win snapped a slide where the Seminoles had lost three of four.

Quoting: “We’re trying to make a run and get back to the upper echelon of the ACC which is very tough to do. Everybody you play is a very good basketball team. Life is rough in the ACC on the road.”

-Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton

8. NOTRE DAME (13-7; 3-4)

Last week: 7

Noting: The Irish have fielded a different starting lineup in each of their first seven league games. They had only four different starting lineups all of last season.

Quoting: "I love how our group has been fighting. We certainly understand the hand we've been dealt. Nobody's hanging their head."

-Notre Dame coach Mike Brey

9. BOSTON COLLEGE (13-7; 3-4)

Last week: 10

Noting: The Eagles trailed by 18 points with 3:53 remaining Sunday at Louisville before getting to within two with 33 seconds remaining. Boston College lost, 77-69.

Quoting: “The only lesson is (learning) what we’re capable of – you’ve got to play well for 40 minutes. There’s no moral victories out here. You have opportunities to win games on the road, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

-Boston College coach Jim Christian

10. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (13-7; 3-4)

Last week: 12

Noting: The Wolfpack led only once – 14 seconds in – during Sunday’s home loss to Miami. Wolfpack power forward Omer Yurtseven scored 28 points – the third-straight game he’s scored at 20 at home.

Quoting: “We’re starting to understand how to play. Our guys are getting better in every area. We’re starting to come together now that we’ve kind of got everybody back on the team.”

-North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts

11. GEORGIA TECH (10-9; 3-3)

Last week: 8

Noting: After winning four-straight games, Georgia Tech has lost its last two, both to Top 15 opponents in Virginia and North Carolina.

Quoting: “The ACC is the best league in the country and every time you step on the floor, you’re playing against a great team.”

-Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner

12. SYRACUSE (13-6; 2-4)

Last week: 13

Noting: Coming off a bye week after a home victory over Pittsburgh, Syracuse returns to action Wednesday at home against Boston College, then plays three of its next four on the road, where its 0-3 in league play, 1-3 overall.

Quoting: “We spend more time with any younger team on fundamental things that a veteran team would probably already know or have a good feel for. There’s more time with just teaching the little things. It takes a little more time.”

-Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on his young team.

13. VIRGINIA TECH (13-6; 2-4)

Last week: 11

Noting: Following Monday’s home game against North Carolina, Virginia Tech visits Notre Dame on Saturday. The Hokies are 2-3 away from home, 1-2 in league play with the win at Wake Forest.

Quoting: “I think we’ve got a team good enough to beat any team the rest of the season and I think we’ve got a team that’s good enough to get beat by any team the rest of the season.”

-Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams following Saturday’s loss to Florida State.

14. WAKE FOREST (8-10; 1-5)

Last week: 14

Noting: Losers of five straight league games, four by 10 points or fewer, Wake’s next five are against Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and Miami (Fla.).

Quoting: “We’re looking for a win. We don’t want a close game; we want a win.”

-Wake Forest coach Danny Manning.

15. PITTSBURGH (8-12; 0-7)

Last week: 15

Noting: The Panthers are off to their worst start in five ACC seasons. It’s the first time Pittsburgh has opened league play 0-7 since 2012 when it started 0-7 before finishing 5-13 in the Big East.

Quoting: “We’re fighting the good fight and don’t have much to show for it yet. This is not a forgiving league.”

-Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings

Boston College guard Jerome Robinson (1) attempts a layup around the defense of Louisville forward Ray Spalding (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 77-69. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)