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One week in, some thoughts on the ACC

In a development that I'm sure everyone saw coming, Virginia stands alone atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings after one week of conferece play. The Cavaliers, led by first-year Coach Tony Bennett, are the only ACC team left undefeated in conference play at 3-0. Maryland is ranked fourth at 2-1. North Carolina, meantime, is 1-2.

Okay, so maybe the current makeup of the ACC standings wasn't so predictable. Regardless, it's still early in the conference season; teams have played 3-4 ACC games, which means everyone has at least three-fourths of their conference games remaining.

Coach Gary Williams said Monday that it will take two more weeks -- or roughly until all ACC teams have completed half of their respective conference slates -- before quality, honest reads can be made on most squads.

"Right now, I think even though Duke has a loss, I would say they’re playing the best basketball," Williams said. "But that can go up and down; that’s week-to-week sometimes. And with the way the league has been, I think there’s a lot of teams in our league that think they can win any game they play, and that’s always interesting when teams feel that way. Virginia was picked last by everybody, and they’re first, so that gives you something right there. And everybody else, I think there’s a feeling among most teams that it’s just a one-game deal. We can play with that team for one game."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 19, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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