We are a quarter of the way through the 2012-2103 college basketball season and things are starting to settle in a bit. With that said, I feel like this set of power rankings from ESPN make some sense.
I think I would probably put Miami in front of Maryland right now based on the strength of their schedule and who they’ve played. Clemson just lost to Coastal Carolina by ~20 points; what does that say about how bad Boston College and Wake Forest must be!!
2. NC State
6. North Carolina
7. Virginia Tech
8. Georgia Tech
9. Florida State
11. Boston College
12. Wake Forest
2. NC State. When Scott Wood is hitting 3s, Lorenzo Brown is being aggressive, C.J. Leslie is scoring and Richard Howell is pulling down double-doubles — as they did against Stanford on Tuesday — the Wolfpack is hard to beat. State continues to top the nation in field-goal percentage (53.0).
6. North Carolina. Coach Roy Williams was talking about the need for the players to “buy in” after a close win against East Carolina, followed by an ugly loss at struggling Texas. Not a good sign 11 games into the season. Up next: McNeese State.
7. Virginia Tech. After an impressive 7-0 start, the Hokies have now lost two of their past three, including a surprising drop to sub-.500 Georgia Southern. Erick Green continued his scoring tear, however; he has now scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games.
12. Wake Forest. It’s gotten so bad in Winston-Salem that coach Jeff Bzdelik has stopped taking live questions on his call-in show. At least the Deacons beat Furman to push their record to 5-5.