DavidBenAkiva gets a Daily Feather for this preview of Duke-NC State. Here’s an excerpt:
Duke continues its North Carolina residency on Wednesday night by traveling down I-40 to Raleigh where the Wolfpack of NC State await in their den. NC State are 5th in the conference with a 7-6 record. Normally, being 5th in the conference would put the team solidly in the NCAA Tournament field. This is not a normal year. The Wolfpack are currently on the outside looking in, desperate for a signature victory to get back into the fold.
NC State has a surplus of guards and experience this year. Usually that is a formula for success in the NCAA. Things have not been going so well for the home team. State has one “bad” loss, a home court drubbing to fellow rival UNC that felt like a bigger gap than the final 10-point margin of defeat. Losses to Georgia Tech (home and away), Memphis (neutral court but sans James Wiseman), at Clemson and Virginia Tech, and home versus Louisville are not back breakers. There are also wins over Wisconsin, at Virginia and most recently at Syracuse that give this team some signs of hope. For a team in 5th place in a major conference, though, the resume is sparse.
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