2017-18 ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

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Notre Dame is one of three undefeated teams left in conference play. However, unlike the other two teams on this list, the Fighting Irish have more overall losses and are also playing without their star Bonzie Colson.

Colson’s absence did not prevent the Fighting Irish from winning on the road against Syracuse and are currently on a five-game winning streak. if they continue to win without Colson, Notre Dame will be even scarier when he returns.

The Fighting Irish will once again look to win on the road without their big man when they travel to play Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Bruce Brown Jr.
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Bruce Brown Jr. /

Miami went 1-1 in conference play this week with a win at home over Florida State and a road loss to Georgia Tech.

In other words, I am still not sure who this Hurricane’s team really is.

Bruce Brown Jr. finally broke out in ACC play for the Hurricanes in their six-point win over the Seminoles. The talented sophomore finished with 23 points while getting to the line 14 times. In his first two games he scored 20 points and shot two free throws combined.

Brown Jr.  will look to continue his strong play on Saturday when the Hurricanes travel to play the Clemson Tigers.

RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 06: Marvin Bagley III
RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 06: Marvin Bagley III /

Duke is 1-2 in conference play and has lost both games on the road. They also struggled in their home game against Florida State. Through conference play, two things have stood out for the Blue Devils.

First, Marvin Bagley III is a man among boys and at best you can try to contain him, but you aren’t going to stop him. Bagley, who has 12 double-doubles on the season, is averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds per game in conference play.

Second, Duke is foul prone so far in this early conference season. The Blue Devils are averaging over 20 fouls per game against squads and have had 10 guys reach at least four fouls during that span, with three of them fouling out.

Duke will look to put an end to their road losing streak when they travel to play at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.