ACC men’s basketball power rankings (Feb. 11, 2017)

15. Pittsburgh

Record : 8-18, 0-13 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: Injuries have taken a toll on Pitt, and at this point there’s not much for the Panthers to play for aside from pride and trying not to go winless in the ACC.

14. Wake Forest

Record: 9-16, 2-11 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: Rather than building off a 76-72 home win against Florida State on Jan. 31, Wake Forest has lost 3 in a row — all by 8 points or less. This is a young team in a rebuilding phase.

13. Notre Dame

Record: 15-10, 5-7 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: How crazy is college basketball? The Fighting Irish go from seven straight losses to an actual winning streak with wins against Boston College and Florida State.

12. Georgia Tech

Record: 11-14, 4-8 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: The Yellow Jackets have struggled, losing seven of their last eight games. To make matters worse, starting point guard Jose Alvarado suffered a left elbow injury in the 80-69 loss to Duke on Sunday. It didn’t look good.

11. Boston College

Record: 15-10, 5-7 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: As nice as it was for Boston College to knock off Miami on Saturday, it still doesn’t make up for losing a few days earlier to Notre Dame, which was in the midst of its longest losing streak in nine years.

10. Florida State

Record: 17-8, 6-7 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: The Seminoles have been a hard team to gauge, given their ability to get some solid wins and then lose to ACC bottom dwellers such as Wake Forest and Notre Dame.

9. Syracuse

Record: 17-8, 6-6 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: The Orange got off to a bad start in ACC play, but they have rebounded by winning five of their last seven games to get to .500 in the league. But the schedule gets tougher the next few weeks, including a three-game stretch against Miami, North Carolina and Duke.

8. North Carolina State

Record: 16-9, 6-6 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: In the last two weeks, North Carolina State showed it can beat North Carolina but then missed an opportunity to sweep the season series. Can you say up-and-down team?

7. Louisville

Record: 18-8, 8-5

National rank: Unranked

Take: Until the Cardinals start beating some of the top teams in the ACC, they’ll remain in the middle of the pack in the conference.

6. Virginia Tech

Record: 18-7, 7-5 ACC

National rank: Unranked

Take: The Hokies have done well against some of the ACC’s top teams, beating North Carolina and then shocking Virginia with their 61-60 win in overtime Saturday. They’ll get a chance to topple another top team when they face Duke on Wednesday.

5. Miami

Record: 18-6, 7-5

National rank: 25

Take: Miami coach Jim Larranaga missed the Hurricanes’ 72-70 loss at Boston College on Saturday with an illness, and the Hurricanes had to feel sick to their stomachs after watching the Eagles make a pair of last-second free throws to pull out the win.

4. North Carolina

Record: 19-7, 8-5 ACC

National rank: 21

Take: North Carolina coach Roy Williams deserves credit for getting his players to bounce back and play with a renewed sense of energy following a three-game losing streak. The Tar Heels have responded with nice wins against Duke and North Carolina State.

3. Clemson

Record: 20-4, 9-3

National rank: 16

Take: The Tigers remain the biggest surprise in the ACC this season, knocking off North Carolina during their four-game winning streak. Clemson has the potential to be a sleeper in the NCAA Tournament.

2. Duke

Record: 20-5, 8-4

National rank: 9

Take: There’s no reason to panic just yet in Durham, but the Blue Devils showed with back-to-back losses to previously struggling St. John’s and rival North Carolina that they still have flaws despite their talented roster. But they got back on track Sunday with an 80-69 win at Georgia Tech — and that was with Marvin Bagley III sidelined with a minor knee injury.

1. Virginia

Record: 23-2, 12-1 ACC

National rank: 2

Take: The Cavaliers would be the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament if it started today, according to a bracket released by the selection committee on Sunday. This comes even after Virginia’s 61-60 overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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