The ACC continues to establish itself as the conference that from top to bottom is the best in the country. Consider that with nine teams in the top 40 and 14 in the top 85, the league is the top-ranked in the RPI rating. Louisville leads the way at #4 followed by UNC at #6, Florida State at #8, Virginia #14, Duke #19, ND #29, Wake Forest #32, Clemson #39, Virginia Tech #40, Pittsburgh #55, Georgia Tech #70, Miami #74, N.C. State #83 and Syracuse at #84.
Virginia leads the league in field goal percentage (.495) and ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.385). The Cavaliers field goal accuracy is their best mark since a .501 mark in the 1985-86 season. They are almost automatic at home. going 38-2 in league home games over the last five seasons.
Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon has scored in double figures in an ACC-best 32 straight games, including 14 games with 16 or more points. He ranks 10th in the conference in points per game (17.1). The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in 54 of his career 57 games.
Louisville Sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell was named ACC player of the week. He has scored at least 15 or more points in eight of his last nine games. Rookie of the week is Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie who earned the honor for the fourth time this year.
Duke guard Luke Kennard has made at least one three-point goal in an ACC-best 25 straight games. His league-leading field goal percentage of .469 is the best mark in the conference since Wake Forest’s Riccardo Pearl shot .501 in 1995-96.
Boston College’s Ky Bowman (3), NC State Dennis Smith Jr. (3), Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie (2), and Miami’s Bruce Brown (1) have combined for a league Freshman single- season record nine games with 30 or more points. It eclipses the previous mark of six set by four players in 1982-83.
Wake Forest Sophomore center John Collins has tallied 20 or more points in each of his last five games. He also leads the team in scoring (17.5), rebounding (9.2), and blocked shots (35).
Louisville has been a model of consistency and they are one of only four schools to win 20 or more games in each of the last 14 seasons. The other three are Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga. Their 164 wins over the last six years are the fifth- most wins in the nation in that stretch. In road games, over the last five years, they are 26-14 and 52-16 in the month of February.