Well that was an eventful weekend. Where to start? The good news of the weekend was Duke's performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Blue Devils showed that they're as talented as any team in the nation, and worthy of a Top 5 ranking. Of course its only November and the Blue Devils also showed they're heavily reliant on their starting five. Quinn Cook played great and won the tournament MVP which should put any PG battle to rest in Durham.
Just yesterday the other end of the conference showed how bad it can be with Boston College losing to Bryant. The other day on twitter I was asked if the ACC was in fact actually weaker than it had been just 2-3 years ago. Their point was the ACC will still have 1-2 national title contenders every season justifying that the conference is strong. My point is that its the bottom of the conference that has gotten much worse. Boston College's loss to #274 Pomeroy ranked Bryant persists that theory. Here are a few points I made in that discussion.
from 2003-2010 the ACC had 2 teams with Pomeroy ranks > 100
in 2011 Wake was 251, the ACC had 4 teams > 100 in 2012, and have 2 > 180 this season
so while all leagues have bad teams, the ACC's bad teams are much worse than they historically have been the strength of the ACC is unmatched, but the bottom of the ACC affects the 4th, 5th, 6 bids more than 1,2,3