Two Index Fingers

Fingers

That’s what you’ll need if you’re talking about the number one team in the country. Both of those number one’s reside in the ACC. That’ll all change on January 19 when Duke and Virginia bring their two index fingers to the court. When the clock zeroes out a gavel will drop deciding what fans will have to change fingers.

This week’s AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll are miles apart on their top two. The media went with Duke while the coaches say it’s Virginia. If there is a deciding factor it will have to fall upon the shoulders of Ken Pomeroy and company at KenPom.com. They go with a one-two punch of Duke and Virginia as the best teams in the nation.

The argument will have to be played out by fans for the time being. If you can find a water cooler, hang out for the day (hopefully you don’t actually work there). We’d be interested in seeing if anyone takes you up on having a rankings discussion. We strongly recommend listening to Will and Jim on this week’s ACC Nation Podcast to get your weekly fix of conference basketball. Otherwise, off to a fan site with you.

We thought it worth waiting a day or two to post these numbers as the North Carolina – NC State game loomed. In some sense it was a prove it game for both teams. The outcome would certainly have an impact on KenPom numbers. It was worth the wait.

The Tar Heels came out on top but only won the first half by 5 and the second half by 3. The Wolfpack just wouldn’t go away and it proved them worthy of their current rankings. A total of five players on both teams tossed in double figures with Luke Maye for North Carolina and Beverly Braxton for NC State leading the way with 21 apiece.


Two Index Fingers


Fingers

#1     DUKE

#4     VIRGINIA

#9     VIRGINIA TECH

#12   NORTH CAROLINA

#13   FLORIDA STATE

#15   NC STATE

RV     LOUISVILLE (#36)

Week 10


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#1     VIRGINIA

#2     DUKE

#7     VIRGINIA TECH

#12   NORTH CAROLINA

#13   FLORIDA STATE

#16   NC STATE

Week 9


#1     DUKE

#2     VIRGINIA

#7     NORTH CAROLINA

#8     VIRGINIA TECH

#18   FLORIDA STATE

#19   NC STATE

#32   SYRACUSE

#36   CLEMSON

#37   LOUISVILLE

(Ranking as of January 8, 2019 *Paywall)



Two Index Fingers


Intriguing Matchups On The Schedule

  • Clemson @ Syracuse Wednesday, January 9
  • Duke @ Florida State Saturday, January 12
  • Virginia Tech @ Virginia Tuesday, January 15

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