ACC Basketball Power Rankings, Vol 14: FSU holds at 1, Cards jump up, Sarr propels Wake Forest

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

NET: 11

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

NET: 8

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

NET: 6

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

NET: 50

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

NET: 55

One Number: DJ Funderburk continues to have a strong, underrated season as one of the better two-way frontcourt players in the ACC.


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

NET: 73

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

NET: 58

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

NET: 71

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

NET: 77

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

NET: 108

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

NET: 87

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

NET: 100

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

NET: 109

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

NET: 85

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

NET: 149

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.


Contributor Rankings

David GlennBrian GeisingerJosh GrahamConsensus
1Florida StateLouisvilleFlorida StateFlorida State
2LouisvilleFlorida StateLouisvilleLouisville
5NC StateNC StateNC StateNC State
6ClemsonNotre DameClemsonClemson
7Notre DameClemsonSyracuseNotre Dame
8SyracuseSyracuseNotre DameSyracuse
9Georgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech
10MiamiWake ForestMiamiMiami
11Virginia TechUNCVirginia TechVirginia Tech
12Wake ForestMiamiPittWake Forest
13PittVirginia TechWake ForestPitt
14Boston CollegePittBoston CollegeUNC
15UNCBoston CollegeUNCBoston College