Updated 2015 College Basketball Power Rankings For The ACC

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What’s Gone Right This Season

Where to start? The first level of "gone rightness" for the Blue Devils is Jahlil Okafor and his Player of the Year prowess, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Duke’s backcourt is the buried lede of its season. In its win over North Carolina, senior guard Quinn Cook drained six threes and went over 200 for his career, according to the ESPN broadcast. Feeding Cook assists was Duke’s other freshman star, Tyus Jones.

Jones put his team on his shoulders against UNC in the second half. His play down the stretch forced overtime, and Duke sneaked out of Cameron with a 92-90 win. Jones is a solid three-point shooter, but it was his attacking of the rim that powered the Duke comeback. It was fitting that the ball ended up in Jones' palms when the horn sounded.

Both Cook and Jones were integral in handing Virginia its only loss of the season (not to mention the win over UNC). Duke did it on the road too at Virginia.

“Me and Quinn have a great relationship," Jones said, according to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. "He's like a big brother to me. He's taken me under his wing and helped me a lot so far, and that's only going to increase."

What’s Gone Wrong This Season

It would have to be those early losses in ACC play, right? North Carolina State, Miami and Notre Dame found chinks in the Duke armor.

After losing to Miami, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was grim, saying on ESPN.com: “I’m not totally surprised with us losing, not tonight, I’m just saying losing because I never felt we were a great team. I felt we were really a good group of kids working our butts off, winning some big games and stuff like that. But we’re not that team yet.”

Duke has taken those lemons and squirted it in the faces of Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame (in a 30-point Round 2 rout) and Virginia.

Duke no longer had to contend with those “undefeated” questions and the pressure that comes with it.

There’s also that dismissal of Rasheed Sulaimon, but that could be a thing that went right and not wrong. Duke is 6-0 without him.

Postseason Potential

Duke will be a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and seems loaded for a run to the Final Four.

This team is well-rounded with a clutch backcourt and the impossibly efficient Okafor in the middle.

Al Featherston of SB Nation wrote, “We know this team is resilient. We know it is poised on the road and in the clutch. We know that it has the best inside-outside balance of any Duke team in many, many years.”

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2368872-updated-2015-college-basketball-power-rankings-for-the-acc

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