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ACC Basketball Preview: KenPom Rankings Released

Basketball stat heads rejoice.

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Team KP Ranking Adj O O Rank Adj D D Rank Adj Tempo Rank
Duke 1 118.4 1 92.2 7 69.1 168
Louisville 3 114.9 3 89.7 1 70.6 68
Virginia 8 111 19 91.7 4 64.8 347
Syracuse 11 110.7 24 92.5 8 65.7 342
North Carolina 20 110.4 30 94.6 18 72.6 11
Pittsburgh 23 110 31 95.2 26 66.5 328
Florida State 41 107.3 64 95.7 31 69.2 156
Miami 57 107.3 61 97.3 56 63.8 350
North Carolina State 60 108.6 47 98.9 88 69.2 149
Notre Dame 69 108.4 51 99.8 98 66.8 314
Clemson 75 103.9 130 96.1 35 64.8 348
Georgia Tech 96 103.8 135 97.7 63 68.5 208
Wake Forest 104 103.2 154 98.7 84 69.5 127
Boston College 134 104 128 101.5 142 68 248
Virginia Tech 168 100.7 222 100.8 121 68.1 244

The initial outlook for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons is not a good one on paper. Wake Forest is projected to go 14-17 this year, including 6-12 in ACC play. I won't say that I disagree with Ken Pomeroy's ranking of Wake Forest, but it's nearly impossible to accurately plug in the appropriate pieces to this year's roster. In addition to having a new coach, we also have tremendous roster turnover and a lot of x-factors. This is not me being critical of Mr. Pomeroy, because he certainly won't claim to know how Wake Forest will finish this season, and even the biggest Wake supporters don't know what could happen.

Wake's ACC Opponents/Location

Duke (Home and Away)

Louisville (Home)

Virginia (Home and Away)

Syracuse (Away)

North Carolina (Home)

Pittsburgh (Home)

Florida State (Away)

Miami (Home)

North Carolina State (Home and Away)

Notre Dame (Away)

Clemson (Away)

Georgia Tech (Home and Away)

Boston College (Away)

Virginia Tech (Home)

Wake's ACC schedule is actually pretty favorable considering the great talent in the league. Yes, they have to face the number one team in the country twice, but five of their eight total games against top six opponents are at home. They also have a home-and-home with Georgia Tech, who is currently projected to finish 11th in the ACC. Six of Wake's nine road games come against the bottom half of the league. With 15 teams and only 18 conference games, there are bound to be scheduling imbalances. This  was about the best Wake Forest fans could have asked for.