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ACC baseball power rankings 5/24

With the ACC Tournament beginning on Tuesday, here's a look at the layout of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

This past weekend marked the conclusion of the regular season across the ACC with the conference now transitioning to its tournament in Durham, North Carolina which begins on Tuesday. With the regular season in the books, let's take a look at the state of the Atlantic Coast Conference entering postseason play.

1. Louisville (46-10, 22-8 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

The Cardinals claim the top spot thanks to their red-hot finish to the regular season which saw them take 16 of their final 17 games, capped off by a road sweep of Wake Forest last weekend in Winston-Salem.

This week: UL, the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, will play the Duke/Wake Forest play-in winner on Wednesday, Clemson in Friday's early game, and Virginia in the pool-play finale.

2. Miami (43-10, 21-7 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

UM had its nine-game win streak snapped in Saturday's regular season finale against FSU. Still, the 'Canes took two of three from the Seminoles in their stadium and wrapped up the top seed in this week's ACC tourney.

This week: Miami will go up against the Georgia Tech/Boston College play-in game winner, NC State on Thursday, and Florida State once again on Saturday.

3. Virginia (36-18, 19-11 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Cavaliers won 11 of their final 12 games, most recently sweeping their rival Virginia Tech Hokies at home. They now enter the ACCT on a hot streak, just as they did last year when they rode a wave of increased play all the way to a national championship.

This week: UVA kicks off its ACC Tournament with Clemson on Thursday, following that up with the Duke/Wake winner on Friday, and finishing pool play with a showdown against Louisville on Saturday which could determine the champion of Pool B.

4. Florida State (34-19, 16-10 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Seminoles' slump carried over in their season-finale series with Miami which saw them lose the first two games to the Hurricanes before salvaging the final game of the season. It's a disappointing end to the regular season for a team who sat atop the ACC standings just over a month ago but there will be plenty of chances to redeem the poor finish in the coming weeks.

This week: Fourth-seeded FSU takes on NC State on Wednesday, the BC/GT winner on Thursday, and challenges UM in the final pool play of the ACC Tourney on Saturday.

5. NC State (34-18, 15-13 in ACC, no change from last week)

NC State wrapped up its regular-season campaign with a two games to one home series win over the rival North Carolina Tarheels, singlehandedly keeping UNC out of the ACC Tournament in the process.

This week: The Wolfpack will first encounter Florida State on Wednesday of this week's ACC Tourney, then going up against Miami on Thursday, and the GT/BC winner on Friday.

6. Clemson (38-18, 16-14 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Tigers finished the regular season on a high note, going on the road to sweep the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to clinch the No. 6 seed in the ACC Tournament.

This week: Clemson's tournament schedule will see a matchup with Virginia on Thursday followed by a Friday game against Louisville and a Saturday showdown with the Wake/Duke play in game winner.

7. Duke (33-21, 14-15 in ACC, up three spots from last week)

The Blue Devils continued their skyrocket up the ACC standings, taking both games they played over Pitt to finish the regular season as the No. 7 seed in this week's tournament, a fantastic feat considering they were No. 13 in these power rankings just two weeks ago.

This week: Duke will face off with Wake Forest on Tuesday to determine the play-in team which will enter Pool B. Should Duke emerge victorious, the Devils would then face Louisville on Wednesday, Virginia on Friday, and Clemson on Saturday.

8. Georgia Tech (35-20, 13-16 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Yellow Jackets underwhelmed in their final series of the regular season, winning the opener at home against Boston College before dropping each of the next two games to fall to the No. 8 seed.

This week: GT will look for revenge against Boston College, challenging the Eagles for the final spot in Pool A of the ACC Tournament on Tuesday. If the Jackets come out on top, they would go on to match up with Miami on Wednesday, FSU on Thursday, and NC State on Friday, completing a daunting four-day stretch.

9. Boston College (31-19, 13-15 in ACC, up two spots from last week)

BC ended its regular season with a productive weekend series which saw them take two of three games against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

This week: The Eagles will need to beat GT once again on Tuesday as the two teams will face off in a play-in game. If Boston College comes out as the winner of that one, the Eagles would enter Pool A and the additional three games would come against Miami on Wednesday, Florida State on Thursday, and the NC State Wolfpack on Friday.

10. Wake Forest (32-23, 13-17 in ACC, down three spots from last week)

Wake, one of the hottest teams in the ACC for a number of weeks, ended their regular season not with a shout but with a whimper, failing to take even one game from the visiting Louisville Cardinals and falling all the way to the final ACC Tournament spot.

This week: The tenth-seeded Deacs are forced to earn their spot in pool play by going up against Duke in a play-in game on Tuesday. If they win that, they would enter Pool B and take on Louisville on Wednesday, Virginia on Friday, and Clemson on Saturday.

11. North Carolina (34-21, 13-17 in ACC, down two spots from last week)

UNC lost of two of three games at NC State last weekend while Boston College took two of three at Georgia Tech. As a result, North Carolina, which started ACC play winning five of its first six games, will miss this week's ACC Tourney.

This week: The Tarheels will not be participating in this week's events in Durham and have likely squandered any NCAA Tournament chances as well.

12. Notre Dame (27-27, 11-17 in ACC, no change from last week)

This talented Irish team lost 11 of its final 13 games, capping off the horrific finish by being on the wrong side of a sweep at home against Clemson.

This week: Notre Dame projects as a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament and its season is likely over.

13. Pittsburgh (25-26, 10-18 in ACC, no change from last week)

Pitt wrapped up its regular season with an 0-3 week which saw the Panthers drop a midweek home matchup against West Virginia in addition to both of the weekend games against Duke that were able to be played.

This week: Pittsburgh has no chance of making the NCAA Tournament and, as such, its season is completed.

14. Virginia Tech (19-36, 6-24 in ACC, no change from last week)

VT finished its dreadful regular season in the worst possible way: being swept on the road by in-state rivals Virginia.

This week: The Hokies, who spent the entire season at the bottom of the ACC, will play no more games in 2016.