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It wasn’t a good look for Jim Boeheim’s highly ranked Syracuse Orange. It started with a loss to unranked UConn, 83-76. Then, a previously ranked #13 Oregon who had just lost to unranked Iowa exacted payback on Syracuse, 80-65. Voters (media and coaches alike) zoned out the chatter in this week’s polling.

The Orange take a big hit in the rankings this week. It’s a clear message that if you’re going to talk the talk then you’d better walk the walk.

There’s a bit of a disagreement between the media and coaches polls regarding who deserves a vote. The receiving votes category of both don’t see eye to eye on NC State, Louisville or Notre Dame. In the bigger picture that may not be a bad thing. The more teams are turning heads the more it speaks to their potential.

In addition to looking at the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll we’ll visit with KenPom.com to see how teams are progressing as well.

Zoned Out – AP Top 25 & USA Today Coaches Poll

RANKTEAM-AP TOP 25 RANKTEAM-USA TODAY
#1#1
#4#4
#7#6
#13#13
#14#14
#16#16
#RV 31Syracuse Logo#RV 30
#RV 35#RV 31
#RV 45#RV 32
#RV 41

Zoned Out – Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (Effective 11/19/18)

RANK (OVERALL)TEAMADJ OFFENSE (RANK)ADJ DEFENSE (RANK)
#1DUKE#1#5
#3NORTH CAROLINA#4#7
#4VIRGINIA#11#2
#10FLORIDA STATE#12#16
#15SYRACUSE#36#6
#16VIRGINIA TECH#6#63
#21MIAMI#24#21
#25CLEMSON#27#22
#31NC STATE#13#71
#55LOUISVILLE#44#80
#65NOTRE DAME#63#79

We’ve mentioned that with the addition of more data that it would become much clearer how teams are performing. Ideally, teams would like to be in the top 15-20 of both the adjusted offensive and defensive ratings. In the ACC the teams that are fitting that mold are –

  • Duke
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Florida State is just outside that range on the defensive side of the ball. The Seminoles are small steps away from joining the group of aforementioned teams. Not bad company to keep.

On offense both Virginia Tech and NC State are receiving attention for their offensive firepower. Unfortunately, both teams have deficiencies on the other end of the court.

When it comes to defense, Syracuse delivers a top 10 performance but the Orange are coming up short with their offensive numbers.

Keep an eye on team numbers in KenPom and if you see a steady improvement then you should expect to see more wins than losses.

KenPom has Duke is the top rated offensive team while Michigan is the top rated defensive team in the country.

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