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Friday, December 21, 2012
Conference Power Rankings: ACC

By Robbi Pickeral

Anyone else more than ready for the beginning of league play? Here are this week’s ACC Power Rankings, based on myriad factors, including how teams have performed lately and the foes they've faced:

1. Duke. It’s been a pretty good week for the 11-0 Blue Devils. After moving to No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings thanks to Indiana’s loss to Butler, they easily topped Cornell and Elon on consecutive nights. On Thursday, they got a commitment from Jabari Parker, the second-ranked senior in the ESPN 100.

2. NC State. When Scott Wood is hitting 3s, Lorenzo Brown is being aggressive, C.J. Leslie is scoring, and Richard Howell is pulling down double-doubles -- as they did against Stanford on Tuesday -- the Wolfpack are hard to beat. State continues to top the nation in field goal percentage (53.0).

3. Maryland. The Terps, winners of nine straight, haven’t played since their Dec. 12 hammering of Monmouth. They face Stony Brook on Friday before getting another week between games.

4. Miami. The Hurricanes made quick work of then-undefeated Charlotte last weekend before blowing out UCF on the road, and guard Durand Scott continues to prove his importance. The Canes have won six straight, including five since Scott returned from suspension, and the senior guard leads the team in scoring (15.6 per game).

5. Virginia. The Cavs looked a little rusty at first during their 18-point win over Morgan State, but they hadn’t played since Dec. 8. Junior forward Akil Mitchell has posted five double-doubles this season, and UVa has won eight in a row.

6. North Carolina. Coach Roy Williams was talking about the need for the players to buy in after a close win against East Carolina followed by an ugly loss at struggling Texas. Not a good sign 11 games into the season. Up next: McNeese State.

7. Virginia Tech. After an impressive 7-0 start, the Hokies have lost two of their last three, including a surprising drop to sub-.500 Georgia Southern. Erick Green continued his scoring tear, however; he has scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games.

8. Georgia Tech. Freshman Solomon Poole, a midseason high school graduate, made his college debut against Alabama State, playing six minutes in the victory. His older brother Stacey, a midseason transfer from Kentucky, will be eligible to make his Yellow Jackets debut Saturday. Tech has won three in a row.

9. Florida State. Although Michael Snaer was serving a one-game suspension for what coach Leonard Hamilton called a “discipline issue” against Louisiana-Monroe, the Seminoles won their second straight. The guard is expected to be back on the court for Saturday’s test against 11-1 Charlotte.

10. Clemson. The Tigers were blown out by a Coastal Carolina team that had beaten only one other Division I squad this season. Enough said.

11. Boston College. The Eagles shot 2-for-22 from 3-point land against New Hampshire. Good thing the two they made were in overtime. Ryan Anderson pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds in the win, which pushed BC back to .500.

12. Wake Forest. It’s gotten so bad in Winston-Salem that coach Jeff Bzdelik has stopped taking live questions on his call-in show. At least the Deacons beat Furman to push their record to 5-5.