Conference play has nearly come to a close as the ACC enters the final week of the 2019-20 regular season. Here’s a look at this week’s ACC Basketball Power Rankings, which include: adjusted efficiencies (via KenPom), each team’s NET ranking, and one number to know for all 15 ACC squads.
No. 1 Florida State
Last week: W Louisville (82-67), L at Clemson (70-69)
This week: at Notre Dame (3/4), Boston College (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 111.8, No. 35
Defensive efficiency: 91.5, No. 18
One Number: In the loss at Clemson, Florida State forced just 12 turnovers (17.7 TOV%) and allowed the Tigers to shoot 18-of-22 FGA at the rim, which proved to be the difference.
No. 2 Louisville
Last week: L at FSU (82-67, W Virginia Tech (68-52)
This week: at Virginia (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 114.7, No. 12
Defensive efficiency: 93.0, No. 3
One Number: During the win over Virginia Tech on Sunday, Louisville held the Hokies to just three field goal attempts at the rim and 0.80 points per possession.
No. 3 Duke
Last week: L at Wake Forest (113-101), L at Virginia (52-50)
This week: NC State (3/2), UNC (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 114.8, No. 11
Defensive efficiency: 90.4, No. 10
One Number: Duke posted a season-low effective shooting rate of 33.9 percent at Virginia; the Blue Devils assisted on only four of their 18 field goals — an assist rate of 22.2 percent.
No. 4 Virginia
Last week: W at Virginia Tech (56-53), W Duke (52-50)
This week: at Miami (3/4), Louisville (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 100.1, No. 220
Defensive efficiency: 86.1, No. 2
One Number: Virginia has won six straight games, and in all but one of those games — Boston College (1.09 points per possession) — the Cavaliers have held their opponent to under one point per possession.
No. 5 NC State
Last week: L at UNC (85-79), W Pittsburgh (77-73)
This week: at Duke (3/3), Wake Forest (3/6)
Offensive efficiency: 110.3, No. 43
Defensive efficiency: 97.7, No. 81
One Number: DJ Funderburk continues to have a strong, underrated season as one of the better two-way frontcourt players in the ACC.
1 of 5 players in the country (along with Onyeka Okongwu) right now with: 60 2P%, 10% o-reb rate, 2% block rate, 2% steal rate, 20% usage. Continues to be efficient around the hoop (72 FG% at the rim), despite frequently playing at the 4 with another 5 on the floor
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) March 1, 2020
No. 6 Clemson
Last week: L at Georgia Tech (68-59), W FSU (70-69)
This week: at Virginia Tech (3/4), Georgia Tech (3/6)
Offensive efficiency: 104.4, No. 146
Defensive efficiency: 93.0, No. 31
One Number: Clemson loves to let it fly from deep; so far this season, 46 percent of Clemson’s field goal attempts have come from beyond the 3-point arc. This ranks No. 23 nationally and would easily be the highest 3-point attempt rate of any team coached by Brad Brownell — going back to his time at UNC Wilmington, too.
No. 7 Notre Dame
Last week: W at Boston College (62-61), L at Wake Forest (84-73)
This week: FSU (3/4), Virginia Tech (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 111.1, No. 38
Defensive efficiency: 99.7, No. 118
One Number: Notre Dame turned the ball over just four times against Wake Forest (5.7 TOV%), but missed 16-of-22 3-point attempts and 9-of-24 free throw attempts in the loss.
No. 8 Syracuse
Last week: W at Pittsburgh (72-49), L UNC (92-79)
This week: at Boston College (3/3), at Miami (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 112.5, No. 25
Defensive efficiency: 100.6, No. 129
One Number: Syracuse allowed UNC to go 11-of-26 on 3-point looks in Saturday’s loss. It’s been a rough season for the zone — nearly 47.8 percent of opponent field goal attempts are of the 3-point variety (No. 350).
No. 9 Georgia Tech
Last week: W Clemson (68-59), W Miami (63-57)
This week: Pittsburgh (3/4), at Clemson (3/6)
Offensive efficiency: 102.6, No. 178
Defensive efficiency: 92.2, No. 22
One Number: Georgia Tech has now won seven games this season when failing to score better than one point per possession. (That’s gross.) In last week’s win over Miami, GT also posted a season-high offensive rebound rate of 46.2 percent.
No. 10 Miami
Last week: L at Georgia Tech (63-57)
This week: Virginia (3/4), Syracuse (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 108.5, No. 65
Defensive efficiency: 102.3, No. 177
One Number: According to Synergy Sports, freshmen guards Isaiah Wong and Harlond Beverly are shooting 40.5 percent (42.9 eFG%) and 38.6 percent (39.3 eFG%), respectively, out of the pick-and-roll this season.
No. 11 Virginia Tech
Last week: L Virginia (56-53), L at Louisville (68-52)
This week: Clemson (3/4), at Notre Dame (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 105.0, No. 132
Defensive efficiency: 98.1, No. 91
One Number: The Hokies don’t turn the ball over (14.5 TOV%) and take a ton of 3s (46.9% 3-point attempt rate); however, this team has struggled offensively during the back half of the season. Virginia Tech struggles shooting inside the arc (48.4 2P%) — with the exception of Tyrece Radford (70.3 FG% at the rim) — and getting to the free throw line (No. 342 in free throw attempt rate).
No. 12 Wake Forest
Last week: W Duke (113-101), W Notre Dame (84-73)
This week: at UNC (3/3), at NC State (3/6)
Offensive efficiency: 108.4, No. 66
Defensive efficiency: 100.1, No. 123
One Number: Olivier Sarr was a monster for Wake Forest in wins over Duke and Notre Dame — averaging 27.5 points (76 FG%), 11 rebounds (3 offensive), 10.5 free throw attempts and 1.5 blocks.
No. 13 Pittsburgh
Last week: L Syracuse (72-49), L at NC State (77-73)
This week: at Georgia Tech (3/4)
Offensive efficiency: 103.8, No. 159
Defensive efficiency: 98.0, No. 89
One Number: Pitt is a poor 3-point shooting team, and at times this season the Panthers have struggled with turnovers, too; this is partly why Syracuse’s zone was such a problem. Pitt went 6-of-26 on 3-point attempts (23.1 3P%) and scored a measly 0.70 points per possession in the loss.
No. 14 North Carolina
Last week: W NC State (85-79), W at Syracuse (92-79)
This week: Wake Forest (3/3), at Duke (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 106.9, No. 86
Defensive efficiency: 97.7, No. 80
One Number: While getting red-hot from the midrange, Christian Keeling has turned into a solid offensive player for the Tar Heels; over the last seven games, the grad transfer has averaged 13 points (62.8 2P%).
No. 15 Boston College
Last week: L Notre Dame (62-61)
This week: Syracuse (3/3), at FSU (3/7)
Offensive efficiency: 99.9, No. 223
Defensive efficiency: 99.7, No. 119
One Number: Even in defeat, Steffon Mitchell continues to be a delightful statistical oddity. In the one-point loss to Notre Dame, Mitchell recorded nine assists, five offensive rebounds (11 total rebounds), two steals and a block.
|David Glenn||Brian Geisinger||Josh Graham||Consensus|
|1||Florida State||Louisville||Florida State||Florida State|
|5||NC State||NC State||NC State||NC State|
|7||Notre Dame||Clemson||Syracuse||Notre Dame|
|9||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
|11||Virginia Tech||UNC||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|12||Wake Forest||Miami||Pitt||Wake Forest|
|13||Pitt||Virginia Tech||Wake Forest||Pitt|
|14||Boston College||Pitt||Boston College||UNC|
|15||UNC||Boston College||UNC||Boston College|