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Virginia smothers Pitt, Bagley returns in style, the omnipresent Theo Pinson and more from this week’s AP Top 25

Another week, another AP Poll — with only one more week left in the ACC’s regular season. Brooklyn is right around the corner. Four ACC teams land in the poll — three of which rank inside the top 10, led by No. 1 Virginia basketball.

Florida State fell out of the top 25 after just one game this season — Sunday night’s loss at NC State, 92-72.

  • No. 1 Virginia
  • No. 5 Duke
  • No. 9 North Carolina
  • No. 18 Clemson

 

Quick Thoughts

  • In No. 1 Virginia’s 66-37 win over Pittsburgh, the Panthers made just four two-point field goals. According to Sports Reference, this was just the fifth time this season a Division I team has made four or fewer two-point field goals.
    • Virginia allows just 0.74 points per possession on spot-ups this season, which ranks No. 1 in the nation. On Saturday, Pitt went just 3-of-20 on spot-up attempts (15 percent), and was 0-of-8 on spot-up attempts that originated inside of the arc.
  • After missing four games with a knee sprain, Marvin Bagley returned to the lineup for Duke basketball. Bagley, who came off the bench in Duke’s grind-it-out win over Syracuse on Saturday, was stylish in his return — scoring 19 points on only nine field goal attempts.
    • For the season, Bagley is shooting 75.4 percent on non-post-up possessions at the rim, per Synergy. Nearly 77 percent of Bagley’s half-court possessions take place around the basket.
  • UNC’s Theo Pinson is in the midst of a sensational senior season, and the North Carolina native continue his recent wave of super-strong play in last week’s win at Syracuse: 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
  • Clemson struggled in the two games that starting point guard Shelton Mitchell missed in the concussion protocol — losses to Duke and Virginia Tech. Mitchell, however, returned in Clemson’s 75-67 victory over Georgia Tech, and played very well.
    • The southpaw scored 14 points on seven field goal attempts; according to Synergy Sports, Mitchell was 2-of-2 on attempts out of the pick-and-roll.

 

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