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ACC Roundup

The NCAA has started updating the RPI for this season, so let's take a quick look at the official standings there for ACC teams:

23 Duke
26 Clemson
52 Florida State
57 Miami
61 Virginia
63 N.C. State
75 Virginia Tech
81 Boston College
92 Georgia Tech
96 Wake Forest
151 Maryland

It's not everything, of course, but it is a significant factor, and as far as that factor goes, as of now, only UNC, Duke, and Clemson are sure bets.

If you take the standard argument that a .500 record in the conference should be enough, even though that's not always worked, no one is out of contention yet. But unless the bottom three improve a lot, they're NIT bound, and at least in the cases of State and Georgia Tech, they have some real issues to figure out. Maryland may be moving out of that camp somewhat - at least they're playing with some intensity and desire.

You probably saw or heard the comments about State by Jay Bilas, who just ripped them a new one after the abysmal first half in Chapel Hill. On his radio show Monday, Dave Glenn said he was struck by the fact that State fans, who usually feel shafted by the media, pretty much agreed with them: their team's performance was pathetic.

That extends to the student newspaper, the Technician, where columnist Nick Jeffreys declares the honeymoon with Sidney Lowe to be over.

It's pretty clear at this point that whatever chemistry problems were there at the beginning haven't gotten better, and have probably gotten worse.

Chemistry is a useful thing. It looks like Clemson has it, and there's an excellent chance that they're going to just destroy State unless El Sid pulls off a Ph.D. in chemistry over the weekend. He does say he's considering some changes.

ACC Standings
North Carolina 2-0 1.000 17-0 1.000
Boston College 2-0 1.000 11-4 .733
Miami 1-0 1.000 14-1 .933
Duke 1-0 1.000 13-1 .929
Clemson 1-1 .500 13-3 .812
Wake Forest 1-1 .500 11-4 .733
Florida State 1-1 .500 12-5 .706
Virginia Tech 1-1 .500 10-6 .625
NC State 0-1 .000 11-4 .733
Virginia 0-1 .000 10-4 .714
Maryland 0-2 .000 10-7 .588
Georgia Tech 0-2 .000 7-8 .467

While we haven't watched Miami closely, they went through a rough season last year, and apparently they're determined to do better. B.C. is in more or less a rebuilding mode, although they completely destroyed Wake over the weekend. We've learned to respect Al Skinner's ability to mold a team, so Tuesday's game between Miami and B.C. should be fun.

And while it's not a glamour matchup this year, the Wake-Maryland game could be fun. Maryland, to their credit, is trying hard to get better, which is not something you can say about everyone right now, and Wake is young but they do seem to have some heart. Eric Hayes, who is nursing an injured ankle, may or may not play. If Wake wins, Maryland is all alone in last place.