2017-18 ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

4 of 6
RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 06: Lennard Freeman
RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 06: Lennard Freeman /

Teams 7-9

NC State got the signature win for Coach Keatts this past weekend when they beat Duke in Raleigh by 11. In that game the Wolfpack shot over 50 percent from the field.

They also held Duke to just 20 percent on threes while forcing the Blue Devils into 16 turnovers.

The win ended NC State’s two-game losing streak to open conference play. It was also the second-straight victory over Duke with the Wolfpack having won in Durham last season. It was also NC State’s second victory this season over a team ranked number 2 in the AP Poll.

The Wolfpack will look to make it two ACC wins on the season when they welcome in a Clemson team who is undefeated in conference play.

I will give Boston College this much, they are no longer the laughing stock of the ACC. Boston College, like Wake Forest, has been competitive in all four of their conference games, and could just as easily be 4-0 with wins over Duke, Clemson, and at Virginia.

The Eagles actually have a positive scoring differential in conference play and do have the win against Duke as well as one against Wake Forest. However, three of their four games have been in Chestnut Hill, though they only lost by one in Charlottesville.

The Eagles will look to get their first ACC road win of the season when they travel to play North Carolina on Tuesday.

MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Braian Angola
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Braian Angola /

Like several other teams on this list Florida State has been competitive in ACC play and although it did result in a home win over North Carolina, it hasn’t resulted in any road wins in conference play.

The win over UNC did end an eight-game losing streak against the Tar Heels for the Seminoles while also extending their home winning streak to 28 games.

However, they needed every second and whistle to pull off the victory and avoid going 0-3 to start the season.

Unfortunately, we won’t learn much about the Seminoles this week as they take on both Louisville and Syracuse at home. Two wins will be expected, though a loss to either squad, would raise more questions than a win would answer for Florida State.