College Hoops: ACC Men’s Basketball By The Numbers Pt. 1

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Jim Quist and Xayveon @ACCTheQ @Xayveon

Yeah, the wait is over. College hoops are back. You’ve just got to tough out a couple more days. With the release of the Week 1 AP Top 25 for college basketball and Ken Pomeroy getting an early jump on ratings, it’s time to take a closer look. Xayveon and Jim have teamed up to talk numbers and share some thoughts.

Jim: There’s a different landscape for ACC men’s basketball teams in the AP Top 25. The same can be said for the KenPom ratings. There’s not so many teams from the ACC grabbing a spot this season.

Let’s go back to last year. I’ll use the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll for this exercise. In Week 1 here’s how things looked for the top 5.

  • #1 Kansas
  • #2 Kentucky
  • #3 Duke
  • #4 Gonzaga
  • #5 Virginia

Now, the conference teams that were Top 25 or Receiving Votes.

  • #3 Duke
  • #5 Virginia
  • #7 North Carolina
  • #14 Syracuse
  • #15 Florida State
  • #17 Virginia Tech
  • #23 Clemson
  • RV
  • #32 NC State
  • #35 Louisville
  • #42 Notre Dame
  • #47 Miami

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How did teams fare in the final poll?

  • #1 Virginia (Week 1 #5)
  • #2 Texas Tech (Week 1 Unranked)
  • #3 Michigan State (Week 1 #10)
  • #4 Duke (Week 1 #3)
  • #5 Auburn (Week 1 #12)
  • #9 North Carolina (Week 1 #7)
  • #13 Florida State (Week 1 #15)
  • #14 Virginia Tech (Week 1 #17)
  • RV
  • #37 Louisville (Week 1 #35

Just as a quick note in case you were wondering how Kansas, Kentucky and Gonzaga finished the season. Kansas dropped to No. 16, Kentucky ended up at No. 7 and Gonzaga came in at No. 6 in the final poll.


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Xayveon: What can you take away from last year’s preseason favorites and the teams that are in the AP Top 25? Just because you’re an early pick doesn’t mean squat when March rolls around. That’s when the rubber hits the road.

AP Men’s College Basketball Top 25 +

AP #TEAM
1MICHIGAN STATE
2KENTUCKY
3KANSAS
4DUKE
5LOUISVILLE
9NORTH CAROLINA
11VIRGINIA
RV
30FLORIDA STATE
39NOTRE DAME
41SYRACUSE
42NC STATE

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KenPom College Basketball Ratings

KENPOM #TEAM
1MICHIGAN STATE
2KENTUCKY
3LOUISVILLE
4DUKE
5VIRGINIA
6NORTH CAROLINA
14FLORIDA STATE
28NC STATE
42NOTRE DAME
51SYRACUSE
54VIRGINIA TECH
65MIAMI
66GEORGIA TECH
67PITT
79CLEMSON
80WAKE FOREST
119BOSTON COLLEGE

As we noted at the beginning, the ACC isn’t as deep, at least in polling, as they were last year. Don’t let that mis-lead you. Though there isn’t as many teams in the polls the depth at the top looks better, if that’s possible.

In Pt. 2 of this article (Wednesday, October 23) we’ll take a closer look at each of the teams in the conference. We’ll toss in some thoughts on teams in the top 5 as well.

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