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NC State (16-6) at (4) Duke (19-2)



Thursday, February 7, 9 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: NC State 12-1, Duke 11-0. Away Record: NC State 1-4, Duke 2-2. Neutral Record: NC State 3-1, Duke 6-0. Conference Record: NC State 5-4, Duke 6-2. Series Record: Duke leads, 138-98.

GAME NOTES: Seeking the 48th 20-win season in school history, the fourth- ranked Duke Blue Devils play host to the NC State Wolfpack in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are an impressive 19-2 on the season and have won three straight games since a loss on the road at league-leading Miami- Florida. Duke is two and a half games behind the Hurricanes (9-0) in the league standings, moving to 6-2 in league play with last weekend's 79-60 romp over Florida State in Tallahassee. Duke is a perfect 11-0 in Durham this season and has won 20 or more games in 16 straight seasons.

Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack were considered the team to beat in the ACC this season and certainly have shown flashes of that dominant play, including and 84-76 win over this same Duke club back on Jan. 12. However, since that victory NC State has dropped four of its last six games, including two straight heading into this contest. The Wolfpack fell to 5-4 in league play with last weekend's heart-breaking 79-78 loss at home to Miami.

Duke holds a 138-98 advantage in its series with NC State. The Blue Devils have won 14 straight against the Wolfpack in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

NC State poses a problem for any adversary due to the team's explosive play and overall scoring depth. The Wolfpack are one of the top shooting teams in the nation at a healthy 50.4 percent clip, ranking fifth nationally. That has led to a healthy 78.5 ppg (11th nationally). Five players come into this game averaging double figures, led by C.J. Leslie's 15.7 ppg. Richard Howell has been a beast in the paint, averaging a double-double with 12.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. The team also boasts of a real All-American candidate at the point in Lorenzo Brown (12.7 ppg, 6.9 apg). T.J. Warren (11.9 ppg) is a dangerous asset off the bench, while Scott Wood (11.5 ppg - 56 3-pointers) is the team's resident sniper.

The Wolfpack suffered their first home loss of the season when Miami's Reggie Johnson tipped in a ball with under a second to play to provide the Hurricanes with a one-point win. Leslie posted 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Howell and Tyler Lewis finished with 15 points each, while Rodney Purvis chipped in with 13.

The Blue Devils shot a scorching 11-of-18 from behind the arc, distancing themselves from the Seminoles and earning a 19-point win over FSU. Seth Curry netted 21 points for the second straight game, finishing with five 3-pointers. Quinn Cook poured in 18 points and dished out six assists. Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. All-American candidate Mason Plumlee though, was held in check, posting just eight points and five rebounds in the win.

Plumlee has been much more explosive on the season. He has shot .604 from the floor, ranking sixth nationally in field-goal percentage, while leading the team with 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Curry is the perfect complement with his long-range acumen. The senior guard is averaging 16.3 ppg and is shooting .432 from behind the arc (51-of-118). Sulaimon (11.8 ppg) and Cook (11.5 ppg) have picked up the pace at the offensive end with the absence of Ryan Kelly (13.4 ppg), who is still sidelined with a foot injury.

NC State really showed something in its rather easy win over Duke a month ago, but this game will present a much different challenge in Durham. The Blue Devils cannot afford to slip any further from Miami in the standings and NC State's inconsistent play of late has the scales tipped in Duke's favor.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 74, NC State 70

02/07 10:40:03 ET

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Scoreboard
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2nd
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
3rd
CHA 75
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
5th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 55
CHI 54
 
3rd
WAS 83
MIA 56
 
3rd
ORL 86
SAC 73
 
3rd
CHA 75
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 50
UTA 52
 
2nd
ATL 53
CLE 40
 
2nd
NOP 27
BOS 33
 
2nd
HOU 29
DET 23
 
2nd
MEM 26
LAL 21
 
1st
BRK 21
PHO 17
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DEN
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GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 57
AKR 59
 
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BUF 51
BGU 52
 
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DART 47
BRO 59
 
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WMICH 50
CMICH 42
 
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PENN 38
CLMB 30
 
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PRIN 55
CORN 48
 
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OU 53
ILLCH 54
 
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OHIO 84
UMO 61
 
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BST 36
NILL 35
 
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EMICH 62
TOL 46
 
2nd
NIOWA 50
BRAD 37
 
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MURST 43
MORE 32
 
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CCAR
UNCA
 
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HARV 15
YALE 17
 
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DREX
COC
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CITA
FUR
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PAC
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BAY
TTU
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EKENT
BEL
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DET
9:35pm Tonight
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LOYC
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SCU
LMU
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NJD 1
CLB 3
 
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CAR 1
MIN 1
 
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OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 1
 
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CHI
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10:00pm Tonight
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PIT