Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of January 26, 2015
The ACC Power Poll is compiled each week by ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel. Give Jeff your feedback via Twitter (@JeffFischel)!
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VIRGINIA (7-0 ACC | 19-0 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Anderson? Brogdon? Gill? As KD might attempt to answer, who’s the real MVP? I was starting to lean toward Brogdon, but then Simba went out and did this against the Hokies.
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DUKE (4-2 ACC | 17-2 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Coach K got 1K. Now, the Dukies have their toughest week of the season: @Notre Dame and @Virginia. In other words, Blue Devils, it’s time to impress.
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NOTRE DAME (7-1 ACC | 19-2 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: RPI: 36. In my role as ACC’s Barefoot Contessa, here’s the recipe to fix that: Duke, Pitt, Duke, Syracuse, Louisville. Plenty of opportunities left to add yeast to the RPI and watch it rise. That Duke game will be special.
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NORTH CAROLINA (6-1 ACC | 16-4 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: The Tar Heels have won 5 straight and 10 of 11. They are looking like the team I picked, before the season, to win the ACC. In the next week: Cuse, UofL & UVa.
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LOUISVILLE (4-2 ACC | 16-3 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: I know there’s no 5 man producing anything offensively to help Harrell & Rozier. But for me, without a doubt, they key to this team is Chris Jones. And he showed why vs Pitt.
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MIAMI (4-2 ACC | 14-5 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: First, Coach L got his Canes to understand how they could break down Duke’s man-to-man defense. Then, he gave his team the formula to unlock Cuse’s zone. He’s incredible.
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NC STATE (4-4 ACC | 13-8 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: The Pack’s last 3 losses have all been by 5 points or less. In all, 5 of the 8 losses have been close. And they only have 1 close win.
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SYRACUSE (5-2 ACC | 14-6 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: I predicted 18-20 regular season wins, and I’m sticking by that. Anyone have a good argument for taking the over?
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PITT (3-4 ACC | 13-7 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Pitt and Syracuse form a kind of ACC Nebula. It’s still hard to tell what they are and what they’ll become, but they have all of these atoms that could be interesting. I kind of sound like Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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CLEMSON (3-4 ACC | 11-8 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: I’m torn over ‘15-’16 expectations. Yes, Blossomgame, Grantham and Nnoko will be back. That’s a frontcourt that can get you to the NCAA Tourney...if you have decent guards. But who will the Tigers have in the backcourt? Hmmm….
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WAKE FOREST (1-6 ACC | 9-11 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Get me a Deacs stat, stat. Devin Thomas and Codi Miller-McIntyre have combined to score at least 40% of Wake’s points in every game since the start of December.
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FLORIDA STATE (2-5 ACC | 10-10 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: 35 points vs UNC Saturday confirms that XRM is now the Noles’ leader. And for a freshman thrown into that role, he’s performed well. He hasn’t had more shots than points in a game since Dec. 20.
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BOSTON COLLEGE (1-5 ACC | 9-9 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Olivier Hanlan is adapting well to the point, but the position change is definitely impacting his shooting. His first 2 years, he shot 37% on 3s. Now, this season, he’s at 31%.
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GEORGIA TECH (0-7 ACC | 9-10 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: As a coworker was quick to point out, UVA held GT to 28 points in a game… just a day before Klay Thompson scored 37 points in a quarter by himself. The box score is like a car crash on the highway. You can’t help but look at it.
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VIRGINIA TECH (0-6 ACC | 8-11 OVERALL)
JEFF'S TAKE: Buzz Williams says his team doesn’t deserve any bonus points for nearly beating UVA. I was ready to move you up to 14, but have it your way.