2017-18 ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

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With conference play now in full gear, the ACC Power Rankings return on a weekly basis.

Happy New Year.

What a great way to end the year than this past weekend of games.

America went into Saturday with three undefeated teams. They left Saturday with none as Villanova, Arizona State, and TCU all lost.

The Big 12 attempted to assert their depth with 90 percent of their squads with at least 10 wins and none of them have a losing record.

The SEC wants people to know they are more than Kentucky as Tennessee went 3-1 against the ACC and Texas A&M only lost once by three in the non-conference season.

Also, Alabama and Arkansas are more than just gridiron schools this season.

Meanwhile, the Pac-12 and Big Ten are trying to convince people they have more than two quality teams each, though neither are doing a great job of that, though those four teams (Purdue, Michigan State, Arizona, and Arizona State) are more than capable of winning it all.

All that leaves is an ACC that is probably still the best conference in America. They have eight teams ranked in the RPI top 50 and nine in the BPI top 50. Most games are close and anybody can beat anybody (see Boston College over Duke).

Through non-conference play, the ACC has divided itself up into three distinct groups. The not so good, the good, and the really good. So let’s delve into these rankings starting with the worst team in the not so good group.

Note: All records and stats are of 12/31/17.