Sorting out the ACC

I have to be looking at the standings wrong.

There’s no other explanation.

Here, have a look at the latest ACC standings:

Virginia 3-0 1.000 12-4 .750
Maryland 2-1 .667 12-5 .706
Duke 3-2 .600 15-3 .833
Clemson 3-2 .600 15-4 .789
Georgia Tech 3-2 .600 14-4 .778
Wake Forest 3-2 .600 13-4 .765
Florida State 2-2 .500 14-4 .778
NC State 2-3 .400 13-6 .684
Boston College 2-3 .400 11-8 .579
Virginia Tech 1-2 .333 14-3 .824
North Carolina 1-3 .250 12-7 .632
Miami 1-4 .200 15-4 .789

OK, Miami in last place. We could sort of see that coming. Duke, Clemson and Georgia Tech somewhere near the top, yeah that seems right.

But is it me or are Virginia and North Carolina in the wrong spots?

The reason that down is up and up is down in the league standings at the moment is a simple one.

In fact, it can be boiled down to a single word:

Defense.

Virginia is allowing just 60.4 points a night, which is right in line with new head coach Tony Bennett’s reputation. The Tar Heels, playing at a much faster pace, are giving up 73.4 points a night.

That’s fine when you’re scoring 80. But when you’ve got a young team that sometimes struggles from the perimeter, that’s too many points going up on the other side of the ledger.

I don’t expect the Wahoos to win the ACC crown this season. But credit to them for playing good, solid basketball and winning games with a roster somewhat lacking in bonafide ACC-level talent.

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