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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
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
3rd
CHA 66
LAC 78
 
3rd
CHA 66
LAC 78
 
3rd
CLE 78
ORL 53
 
3rd
PHI 80
POR 89
 
Half
TOR 54
PHO 48
 
2nd
HOU 36
NYK 28
 
1st
DAL 4
IND 7
 
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UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
2nd
MD 66
ARST 68
 
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TOL 78
BUCK 53
 
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JMU 65
COL 62
 
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WINT 49
ETST 50
 
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GSOUT 65
FIU 57
 
2nd
BST 77
GRAM 40
 
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APP 59
HAMP 51
 
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MAST 80
JVU 55
 
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XAV 81
MURST 50
 
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WAKE 65
NICST 32
 
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MSU 60
SCU 27
 
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LOU 71
SAV 17
 
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TENT 74
SELA 58
 
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VCU 43
VILL 59
 
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OU 60
WCU 61
 
2nd
IND 46
EWASH 39
 
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ILL 28
BRO 28
 
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MSST 27
CLAYST 15
 
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BEL 25
LIP 23
 
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TCU 47
MVSU 15
 
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IOWA 35
PEPP 28
 
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MEM 31
PVU 21
 
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KU 41
RIDE 17
 
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BAY 26
STEPH 19
 
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INCWORD 37
A 28
 
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USF 13
HAW 11
 
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OKST 9
ORST 8
 
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NYI 0
PHI 0
 
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BOS 2
PIT 2
 
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FLA 1
MIN 2
 
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DET 1
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 14
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 0