Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of January 12, 2015

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VIRGINIA (3-0 ACC | 15-0 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: 3 top-25 road wins: Maryland, VCU and Notre Dame this past Saturday. I’m not going to argue Tony Bennett is working with more talent than John Calipari. But the Cavs have the better resume.

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DUKE (2-1 ACC | 14-1 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The freshmen looked like freshmen Sunday in Raleigh. It’s the first time since the Wisconsin game that Duke allowed more than 1 point per possession. Hopefully, just a blip and not the start of a trend.

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NOTRE DAME (3-1 ACC | 15-2 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Irish lose to UVA, and yet move up from no. 2 to no. 1 in the nation in offensive efficiency. Yes, that’s how good the Hoos’ D is. The loss also ends an Irish home win streak vs Top 10 teams. To see that list, watch my Power Poll!

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LOUISVILLE (2-1 ACC | 14-2 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Cards are a top 10 team and lose at the buzzer to a top 20 team on the road.. and they drop a spot in my poll. It’s all splitting hairs. The ACC’s top 5 are the best top 5 in the nation. No debate.

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NORTH CAROLINA (2-1 ACC | 12-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Clutch Marcus Paige. And another solid performance from Kennedy Meeks. How good has Meeks been? I do the math—or let someone do the math for me, actually—in the Power Poll.

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NC STATE (3-1 ACC | 12-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: For the 3rd time in 6 years, the Wolfpack upsets a top-10 Duke team in Raleigh. Go on and celebrate!

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MIAMI (1-1 ACC | 11-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: A tough week ahead for the Canes: at Duke and at Notre Dame. Even a split would be somewhat shocking. But Coach L is going to need 1 or 2 of those kinds of Ws to get into the tourney.

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SYRACUSE (3-0 ACC | 12-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Trevor Cooney hits 7 3s Sunday night and is shooting 39% on 3s this year. Rakeem Christmas has been All-ACC good. But if Chris McCullough is out for awhile, that would be a big blow to the Orange.

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CLEMSON (1-2 ACC | 9-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Congrats to the Tigers on a convincing win at the Oakland Zoo. Jaron Blossomgame’s game is.. err.. blossoming. Sorry.

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PITT (1-2 ACC | 11-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: This team just doesn’t have an identity. Fairly efficient on offense. Mediocre on defense. There’s no go-to guy. No outspoken floor leader. Just a solid-average team that might or might not make the tourney.

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WAKE FOREST (1-3 ACC | 9-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: In the Deacs 3 ACC games, Devin Thomas is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds, including some #MustSeeACC plays. He and Codi-Miller McIntyre still need more help, though. If I had to guess: Mitchell Wilbekin could emerge.

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GEORGIA TECH (0-3 ACC | 9-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: I want to believe. Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell and Demarco Cox form a quality frontline. But the guard play still has a long way to go.

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FLORIDA STATE (1-2 ACC | 9-7 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: I tweeted about the defensive problems Sunday night during the Syracuse game. It’s hard to believe Leonard Hamilton’s teams these last 3 years have struggled so much defensively.

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BOSTON COLLEGE (0-3 ACC | 7-7 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Lots of credit to first-year coach Jim Christian. He’s pulling of a minor miracle on defense. The Eagles are 95th in the nation in defensive efficiency. A BC team hasn’t been in the top 100 since 2005. And last year they were 298th.

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VIRGINIA TECH (0-2 ACC | 7-7 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: You want a bright spot? Freshman Justin Bibbs. He set a career high January 3 against Syracuse with 22 points. Then scored 25 last Tuesday against FSU. Buzz is building, and Bibbs is looking like a great place to start.

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