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ACC Basketball Power Rankings: 2/19

Conference tourney ranks are starting to take shape with 5 games to go.

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ACC Basketball Power Rankings: 2/19

1. Duke Blue Devils (LW: 1) 23-2 (11-1)

Last Week: W @ Louisville 71-69, W vs NC State 94-78; Next Week: vs UNC 2/20, @ Syracuse 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - The Blue Devils will be favorites against any opponent, but this week features one of the most intense rivalries in sports as UNC comes to town, and a rematch of one of Duke’s two losses this season as Syracuse hosts the nation’s #1 team Saturday.

2. Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 2) 23-2 (11-2)

Last Week: W vs ND 60-54, W @ VT 64-58; Next Week: @ Louisville 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - Last week the Cavaliers navigated their way past Notre Dame and their in-state rival Virginia Tech, but this week’s only game is a difficult road test in Louisville.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (LW: 3) 20-5 (10-2)

Last Week: W @ Wake 95-57; Next Week: @ Duke 2/20, vs FSU 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - There won’t be a bigger week-to-week discrepancy on this list. The Tar Heels only matchup last week was a 38-point drubbing of Wake Forest, while this week they take on the nation’s #1 team and their bitter rival Duke on the road, and then follow that up with a Saturday meeting with a rolling and dangerous FSU squad.

4. Louisville Cardinals (LW: 4) 18-8 (9-4)

Last Week: L vs Duke 69-71, W vs Clemson 56-55; Next Week: @ Syracuse 2/20, vs UVA 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - The Cardinals have been and will continue to fight an uphill battle: last week they built a 23-point second half lead over Duke, only to crumble in the waning moments and give up a prime opportunity for a signature win. Louisville then rebounded for a 1-point victory over Clemson. Next week contains games against a dangerous Syracuse team and the defensive juggernaut UVA.

5. Florida State Seminoles (LW: 5) 20-5 (8-4)

Last Week: W vs Wake 88-66, W @ GT 69-47; Next Week: @ Clemson 2/19, @ UNC 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - FSU took care of bottom-dwellers Wake and Georgia Tech last week as they continue their turnaround from their early conference struggles. On the docket this week is a very-winnable game against Clemson, although it is followed by a much taller order in UNC on the road.

6. Virginia Tech Hokies (LW: 7) 20-6 (9-5)

Last Week: W vs GT 76-68, W @ Pitt 70-64, L vs UVA 58-64; Next Week: @ ND 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - These 2 weeks are a breath of fresh-air for the Hokies in an incredibly difficult conference, with the exception of a 6-point defeat to the best defense in the nation, UVA.

7. Syracuse Orange (LW: 6) 17-8 (8-4)

Last Week: L @ NC State 73-58; Next Week: vs Louisville 2/20, vs Duke 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - After dropping their only game last week to NC State, the Orange risk going 0-3 as Louisville and Duke travel to the Carrier Dome.

8. NC State Wolfpack (LW: 9) 18-8 (6-7)

Last Week: W vs Syracuse 73-58, L @ Duke 78-94; Next Week: vs BC 2/20, vs Wake 2/24

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - Any team on this list would trade being matched up with Syracuse and Duke for home contests against BC and Wake Forest. A 2-0 week is a true possibility for the Wolfpack.

9. Clemson Tigers (LW: 8) 15-10 (5-7)

Last Week: L @ Miami 64-65, L @ Louisville 55-56; Next Week: vs FSU 2/19, vs BC 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - Clemson opens this week with a FSU squad that was won 7 in a row. Follow that up with a BC team that is staring a run of their own, and Clemson could be in line for a steep fall in the conference.

10. Boston College Eagles (LW: 14) 13-11 (4-8)

Last Week: W vs Pitt 66-57, W vs Miami 64-57; Next Week: @ NC State 2/20, @ Clemson 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - BC is fortunate for their draw this week, as both NC State and Clemson are coming off defeats, but neither team will be intimidated by BC’s collection of talent.

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (LW: 12) 13-12 (3-9)

Last Week: L @ UVA 54-60; Next Week: vs Wake 2/19, vs VT 2/23, @ FSU 2/25

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Tough - ND will find it very difficult to make a late season push with upcoming ties with VaTech and Florida State closing out this week.

12. Miami Hurricanes (LW: 13) 11-14 (3-10)

Last Week: W vs Clemson 65-64, L @ BC 57-64; Next Week: vs GT 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - The Canes have had a rough season so far, but have found some success lately winning 2 of their last 4. GT is on an opposite trajectory, having lost 7 straight.

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (LW: 10) 11-15 (3-10)

Last Week: L @ VT 68-76, L vs FSU 47-69; Next Week: vs Pitt 2/20, @ Miami 2/23

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - While all opponents have given the Yellow Jackets difficulty as of late, a slate of Pitt and Miami this week brings the best chance for a GT win.

14. Pittsburgh Panthers (LW: 11) 12-14 (2-11)

Last Week: L @ BC 57-66, L vs VT 64-70; Next Week: @ GT 2/20

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - The Panthers are getting some relief at a perfect time as they hope to break their 9-game losing streak. GT has had their own struggles as of late, opening the door for a rare Pitt victory.

15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: 15) 9-15 (2-10)

Last Week: L @ FSU 88-66, L vs UNC 57-95; Next Week: @ ND 2/19, @ NC State 2/24

Tough or Easier Week Ahead: Easier - FSU and UNC in one week is a tough ask for anyone, so the Demon Deacons should feel relieved to know Notre Dame and NC State are up ahead instead.

Go Canes