Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse’s loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday continued a seven-year stretch of performances by the Orange males’s basketball program which have been constantly. … properly, common.
The Orange is at the moment .500 in league play. With two regular-season video games remaining, SU will end inside a sport of that mark regardless of how the tip of the 12 months performs out. It can occur for the seventh consecutive 12 months following league information of:
Following a 14-4 league document in its debut ACC season, the Orange has gone 56-54 in regular-season convention video games. Syracuse has completed nowhere close to the highest of the league and nowhere close to the underside.
Together with middle-of-the-pack league outcomes, the Orange has delivered a pair of sturdy NCAA Match performances (a Last 4 and a Candy 16) throughout that timeframe. 4 ACC groups have reached a Last 4 throughout that span, a set that features Virginia, North Carolina and Duke.
Eleven ACC groups have reached not less than one Candy 16 in that stretch. The one groups that haven’t are Boston School, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. Solely Duke and North Carolina have been to greater than two.
Right here’s how I’d rank the ACC heading into the ultimate week of the common season, with Syracuse, the place you’d count on, squarely among the many center 5.
1. Florida State
Report: 14-4 (10-3)
Final week’s rating: 1
Final week’s outcomes: Win 88-71 at Miami; Loss 78-70 at North Carolina
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Boston School; Saturday at Notre Dame
Why No. 1? Florida State has all the things a workforce might need aside from a real go-to participant, which is sufficient to be the ACC’s prime workforce throughout a down season.
Guard M.J. Walker owned had that position for a lot of the 12 months however has been coping with a nagging damage (he performed in opposition to North Carolina), whereas RaiQuan Evans has been FSU’s best participant currently. He averaged 14.5 factors and 10.5 rebounds final week but additionally averaged 5 turnovers.
2. Virginia Tech
Report: 15-5 (9-4)
Final week’s rating: 3
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 69-53 vs. Georgia Tech; Win 84-46 vs. Wake Forest
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Louisville; Saturday vs. North Carolina State
Why No. 2? Virginia Tech most likely deserves a break for struggling in its return from a coronavirus pause, and the opposite contenders for this spot don’t have that excuse.
In a down 12 months for the convention, the Hokies have stable candidates for Coach of the Yr (Mike Younger) and Participant of the Yr (Keve Aluma).
Aluma stuffed the outlet within the center that restricted Virginia Tech final 12 months and is averaging 15.9 factors, 8 rebounds and a couple of.1 assists.
Report: 15-6 (11-4)
Final week’s rating: 2
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 68-61 vs. North Carolina State
This week’s schedule: Monday vs. Miami; Saturday at Louisville
Why No. 3? If this weren’t Tony Bennett and the league’s most constant winner in recent times, the Cavaliers most likely wouldn’t be right here after dropping three straight.
After getting punched within the mouth by Florida State, then punched within the intestine by determined Duke, a letdown in opposition to North Carolina State isn’t probably the most outlandish outcome. With Trey Murphy fouling out in 19 minutes, it was an uncommon sport.
Report: 15-5 (9-5)
Final week’s rating: 5
Final week’s outcomes: Win 60-39 at Wake Forest; Win 66-58 vs, Miami
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Syracuse; Saturday vs. Pittsburgh
Why No. 4? Clemson’s return from a second coronavirus pause has gone higher than its first. The lackluster competitors has most likely helped.
Even supposing it got here in opposition to weaker groups, the Tigers might be optimistic that their protection remains to be ferocious. Wake Forest turned the second workforce to attain fewer than 40 factors in opposition to Clemson this 12 months.
5. North Carolina
Report: 15-8 (9-5)
Final week’s rating: 4
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 83-70 vs. Marquette; Win 78-70 vs. Florida State
This week’s schedule: Monday at Syracuse; Saturday vs. Duke
Why No. 5? North Carolina is the ACC’s largest roller-coaster, placing its NCAA Match hopes in jeopardy by dropping a hastily-scheduled sport in opposition to Marquette after which erasing that harm and extra with a win over Florida State.
The Tar Heels’ lack of taking pictures can put them in jeopardy in opposition to anybody, but they’re additionally one of many few groups with the athleticism and dimension to carry their very own in opposition to an elite workforce like Florida State.
Walker Kessler, the No. 4 choice in UNC’s big-man rotation, had 20 factors, eight rebounds and 4 blocks in opposition to the Seminoles.
Simply what Syracuse wants.
Report: 13-5 (8-4)
Final week’s rating: 6
Final week’s outcomes: Win 69-57 vs. Notre Dame; Win 80-73 in additional time at Duke
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Virginia Tech; Saturday vs. Virginia
Why No. 5? Louisville’s win over Duke was it’s first Quad 1 win of the season, solidifying the Cardinals’ case for the NCAA Match.
Carlik Jones continues to play like an ACC Participant of the Yr candidate, averaging 17.6 factors, 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He’s the one participant to rank among the many ACC’s 5 greatest in scoring and assists.
7. Georgia Tech
Report: 13-8 (9-6)
Final week’s rating: 7
Final week’s outcomes: Win 69-53 at Virginia Tech; Win 84-77 vs. Syracuse
This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Duke; Friday at Wake Forest
Why No. 7? Moses Wright goes to win ACC Participant of the Week after averaging 28.5 factors and 13 rebounds and has performed his means into ACC Participant of the Yr contender. He ranks among the many ACC’s 5 leaders in factors (17.5), rebounds (8), blocks (1.7) and steals (1.6).
The Yellow Jackets have received 4 straight to get into NCAA Match rivalry.
Report: 11-9 (9-7)
Final week’s rating: 8
Final week’s outcomes: Win 85-71 vs. Syracuse; Loss 80-73 in additional time vs. Louisville
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Georgia Tech; Saturday at North Carolina
Why No. 8? Duke’s athletic guards went wild on Syracuse however have been shut down by an athletic and older group from Louisville.
The pairing of DJ Steward and Caleb Roach dropped 35 factors on Syracuse, then mixed for 11 in an additional time loss in opposition to the Cardinals.
9. North Carolina State
Report: 12-9 (8-8)
Final week’s rating: 12
Final week’s outcomes: Wednesday at Notre Dame; Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
This week’s schedule: Win 68-61 at Virginia; Win 65-62 vs. Pittsburgh
Why No. 9? North Carolina State might have misplaced to Syracuse twice however has now received 4 straight, a formidable response after the Wolfpack misplaced their greatest participant for the season on account of damage.
Report: 13-8 (7-7)
Final week’s rating: 9
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 85-71 at Duke; Loss 84-77 at Georgia Tech
This week’s schedule: Monday vs. North Carolina; Wednesday vs. Clemson
Why No. 10? Syracuse has struggled in opposition to opposing large males all 12 months. The closing stretch is a brutal one for a workforce with the Orange’s issues.
Following the sport in opposition to Georgia Tech’s Moses Wright, the Orange will face the ACC’s greatest assortment of bigs, adopted by a Clemson workforce that likes to stress opposing guards.
11. Notre Dame
Report: 9-13 (6-10)
Final week’s rating: 10
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 69-57 at Louisville; Loss 94-90 at Boston School
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. North Carolina State; Saturday vs. Florida State
Why No. 11? In hindsight, it is smart that Notre Dame would let down in opposition to Boston School after seeing any fleeting hopes snuffed out by Syracuse and Louisville. The Combating Irish have expert offensive gamers however a definite lack of toughness.
Report: 9-10 (5-9)
Final week’s rating: 11
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 65-62 at North Carolina State
This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Wake Forest; Saturday at Clemson
Why No. 12? Pittsburgh has an ACC Participant of the Yr candidate in Justin Champagnie, however his two greatest teammates (Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney) left the workforce this week.
Report: 7-15 (3-14)
Final week’s rating: 13
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 88-71 vs. Florida State; Loss 66-58 at Clemson
This week’s schedule: Monday at Virginia; Friday vs. Boston School
Why No. 13? Isaiah Wong is sufficient to put a scare into you, and he does have some modest items round him. He averaged 28.5 factors final week.
14. Boston School
Report: 4-13 (2-9)
Final week’s rating: 15
Final week’s outcomes: Win 94-90 vs. Notre Dame
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Florida State; Friday at Miami
Why No. 14? Credit score the Eagles for managing a win in interim coach Scott Spinelli’s debut main this system and exhibiting they’re undermanned however not fully shot.
Guard Makai Ashton-Langford had his greatest sport with a season-high 18 factors. He tied his season-high with 6 assists.
15. Wake Forest
Report: 6-13 (3-13)
Final week’s rating: 14
Final week’s outcomes: Loss 60-39 vs. Clemson; Loss 84-46 vs. Virginia Tech
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Pittsburgh; Friday at Georgia Tech
Why No. 15? It doesn’t get a lot worse than two losses by not less than 20 factors and scoring a mixed 85 factors. Wake Forest has misplaced 4 straight by not less than 18 factors.
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