Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of February 9, 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 (7-3 ACC | 20-3 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”--Dean Smith

It didn’t matter who shot in the first half vs Notre Dame. Everyone was making them.

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VIRGINIA (9-1 ACC | 21-1 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“A lion never roars after a kill.”--Dean Smith

The Cavs’ got a kill: beating Louisville. Their lion, Simba (aka Justin Anderson), had a right to roar after this dunk, but now he’s out 4-6 weeks with a broken finger.

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LOUISVILLE (7-3 ACC | 19-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.”--Dean Smith

I’ll praise this block-to-dunk performance by Mr. Harrell every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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NOTRE DAME (9-3 ACC | 21-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.”--Dean Smith

Hopefully, the Irish didn’t make Saturday life or death.

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NORTH CAROLINA (8-3 ACC | 18-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I was a demanding coach, but my players knew that I cared for them and that my caring didn't stop when they graduated and went off to their careers.”--Dean Smith

The schedule is kind to Roy Williams on what may be the toughest week emotionally of his career; the Tar Heels don’t play until Saturday.

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MIAMI (5-5 ACC | 15-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

"What to do with a mistake--recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it." -- Dean Smith

The Canes ended a losing streak Sunday night, and Coach L admitted his team’s confidence is fragile right now. He’s hoping they learned something getting back in the win column.

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PITT (5-5 ACC | 16-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.”--Dean Smith

Jamie Dixon has led Pitt to 20+ wins every year, and he could be putting this team in position to, once again, earn an NCAA bid. Louisville, UNC and UVA all in the next week. 

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CLEMSON (6-5 ACC | 14-9 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“If you do what we ask you to do, the victories will belong to you, and the losses to me.”--Dean Smith

Brad Brownell’s players are following his game plan and playing tough. We’ll see if they can get enough victories to be dancing a month from now.

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SYRACUSE (6-4 ACC | 15-8 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I always mean what I say, but I don't always say what I'm thinking.”--Dean Smith

I’d love to know exactly what Jim Boeheim is thinking now that Cuse isn’t eligible for the postseason. I hope the self-imposed ban doesn’t hurt Xmas's chances of getting postseason accolades.

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NC STATE (5-6 ACC | 14-10 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I know a lawyer who'd love to retire and be an assistant coach. I mean, it's fun.”--Dean Smith

The Pack has lost 4 of 5, so I don’t know how much fun Gottfried is having. They’re still on the bubble, though.

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FLORIDA STATE (5-6 ACC | 13-11 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“The coach's job is to be part servant in helping each player reach his goals within the team concept.”--Dean Smith

Leonard Hamilton is starting to get through to this team. After a poor conference start, the Noles have won 3 of 4.

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GEORGIA TECH (2-9 ACC | 11-12 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.” --Dean Smith

This team plays hard every night. Sadly, the results haven’t been there consistently.

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WAKE FOREST (3-8 ACC | 11-13 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.”--Dean Smith

You can see Danny Manning is getting max effort from the Deacs. Sometimes it’s enough for a win. Sometimes it isn’t.

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BOSTON COLLEGE (1-9 ACC | 9-13 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“Play hard. Play smart. Play together.”--Dean Smith

The Eagles are doing these 3 things for Jim Christian. There’s just not enough talent to turn that into wins.

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VIRGINIA TECH (1-9 ACC | 9-14 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE:

“I just think we shouldn't get into counting coaches' records. I've never been for that... but I know that's just American society.”--Dean Smith

At 9-14, I’m thinking Buzz would agree with that this year. Better things lie ahead, Hokies fans.

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