For the first time in many, many years an ACC men’s basketball team didn’t start out the season at No. 1. We didn’t have to wait long as three blue blood programs at the top have all crumbled. Michigan State, Kansas and then Kentucky all folded their hands and left the table. That means it’s hammer time for ACC teams that have been slicing and dicing their way through their non-con schedule.
Have any of the top tier programs proven themselves un-worthy of their place in the rankings? Duke, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia hold a firm grip on both the conference and on the national stage.
Unfortunately for the conference, you could drive a Mack truck through the hole between the top echelon and second tier. With a look at the recent Ken Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings the gap is breathtaking.
The Seminoles are in a good position to break on through to the other side. After Florida State, there is a significant drop-off in confidence. From No. 15 to No. 43 is a huge difference. These are four teams to watch, however. NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Syracuse have shown early flashes. Is it enough to drive these teams into a more competitive scenario?
When the conference schedule rolls around will they be ready to put the hammer down?