The Defending Champions Lead The Acc
The momentum of a four win streak keeps Duke in the first place of their Conference. The defending champions -and overall rank No. 7- the Duke Blue Devils are going through a good moment thanks to a four win streak, which included an emotional victory against the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the most recent triumph versus the Miami-Florida Hurricanes on the road by momentum has Duke in the first place of the ACC and Miami in the eight position. Guided by Nolan Smith’s 18 points, top scorer in 13 out of the 25 games (including 16 consecutive with double-digit point- played this season -where they have lost only twice and have a 10-1 conference record), the Blue Devils continue to hold on to the first place of the ACC. Besides Smith, Kyle Singler is also having a great performance with 14 points for his 23rd double-digit point game in a row. Their next rivals are the No. 124 Virginia Cavaliers on the road, currently in the 9th place in the ACC with a 12-12 overall record.
The Cavaliers have lost their last two games, which have been on the road, and have been pretty inconsistent throughout the season. A good example of that is their most recent defeat against No.3 in the Conference, Florida State Seminoles, by 63-56. With 16 points and eight rebounds Michael Snaer from the Seminoles led his team towards their second victory in a row. Florida State is now No. 40 in the nation with an 18-7 record. Going back to the early mentioned victory of the Blue Devils over the Tar Heels by 73-79, North Carolina has left it in the past and got back on track with a 64-62 on the road win versus No. 5 in the Conference, the Clemson Tigers. With that win North Carolina owns the second place of the ACC with an 8-2 record, and No. 15 overall after an 18-6 mark. The top scorer for the Tar Heels was Jonh Heson with a double-double: 14 points and 12 rebounds. North Carolina will be playing their next game at home against Conference rivals Wake Forest Demon Deacons, No. 244 overall and 10th in the ACC, where they have won only one game and lost nine. As a fact right now carry a four lost streak. Sunday they lost resoundingly to the NC State Wolfpack -8th in the ACC- by 80-55 on the road. With a 76-72 win over the Maryland Terrapins, the Boston College Eagles put an end to their rival’s two win streak.
The architect of that victory was Reggie Jackson with an outstanding performance, setting a career-high 31 points and also contributing with eight rebounds. With this result the Eagles are No.6 and the Terrapins No. 7 in the ACC, and No. 57 and 60 overall respectively. Match day 25 was closed by No. 9 and No. 4 in the ACC, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Yellow Jackets -No. 131 overall- continue with their free fall and have now lost five in row, the last one versus the -No. 42 overall- Hokies by 77-102 on the road. This leaves the ACC standings in the following order from first to last: Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest.