Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of February 2, 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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DUKE (5-3 ACC | 18-2 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Compare the end of the games vs Notre Dame and Virginia. In the final 10+ minutes vs ND, the Blue Devils got outscored 21-8. In the final 10 minutes vs UVA, they went nuts including an 11-0 run at the end.

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VIRGINIA (7-1 ACC | 19-1 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Cavaliers lose their first game of the year, and there’s really no time to wallow, which is fine with Tony Bennett. Look, it was never likely the Cavs would go 3-0 during this tough stretch.

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LOUISVILLE (6-2 ACC | 18-3 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: We have our ACC dunk of the year. Montrezl’s fantastic performance vs UNC on January 31st salvages a pretty disappointing month for the pre-season All American.

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NOTRE DAME (8-2 ACC | 20-3 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Pitt drove an 18-wheeler through the big problems with Notre Dame’s defense. ND is 150th in the nation in defensive efficiency. No other top 20 team struggles that much. It doesn’t bode well for a Final Four run.

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NORTH CAROLINA (7-2 ACC | 17-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: There’s no guard depth right now and the Tar Heels absolutely got destroyed on the boards by Louisville in the second half and overtime. And yet, I still like this team a lot.

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NC STATE (5-5 ACC | 14-9 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Let’s retrace Trevor Lacey’s attempts at feats of heroism. Late vs Wofford. Blocked vs Notre Dame. But nailed it vs Georgia Tech.

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SYRACUSE (5-3 ACC | 14-7 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Syracuse is shooting right around 40% from the field in ACC games. That just won’t get it done. This team needs a pep talk.

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MIAMI (4-4 ACC | 14-7 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Baffling week. Lose by 20 at Georgia Tech. Blow a big lead at FSU. What’s colder than cold? Angel Rodriguez. He’s 8 for 48 from the field in the Canes’ last 5 games.

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PITT (4-5 ACC | 14-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Panthers shot 68% in the 2nd half vs Notre Dame, and finished the game with 24 assists on 31 FGs. Crazy week: Lose to Virginia Tech, then beat Notre Dame. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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CLEMSON (5-4 ACC | 13-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Good wins: LSU, Arkansas, Pitt, Syracuse, NC State. Bad losses: Winthrop, Gardner Webb, Rutgers. The ledger is too close to being even to get an NCAA bid.

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FLORIDA STATE (4-5 ACC | 12-10 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: This team looked like a hot mess in the first half vs Miami. But Montay Brandon took over in the second half and helped the Noles pull out an improbable win.

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WAKE FOREST (2-7 ACC | 10-12 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Deacs are headed for their 5th-straight season without earning a postseason bid. But the vibe is very different. Codi Miller-McIntyre says the win vs VT will help them finish strong.

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BOSTON COLLEGE (1-7 ACC | 9-11 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Jim Christian seems to be doing a lot of things right. That includes telling my man, Mike Gminski, that he’s a big fan.

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GEORGIA TECH (1-8 ACC | 10-11 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Yellow Jackets found a way to lose another close game. Aside from the blowout loss to Virginia, Georgia Tech has 7 conference losses by a combined 26 points. Ouch.

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VIRGINIA TECH (1-7 ACC | 9-12 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Invisible Hand delivered Buzz Williams’ first ACC win, and it couldn’t have been more exciting.

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