Jan. 17, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 7, 2013
Two of college basketball's storied programs will take the court Saturday afternoon when NC State travels to No. 23 Duke at 2 p.m. The 238th meeting between the Wolfpack and the Blue Devils will be on CBS.
The two teams split last season, with the home team winning each contest. Wolfpack fans rushed the court after NCSU's 84-76 win last January at PNC Arena. The victory in Raleigh came when Duke was ranked No. 1 and hadn't yet lost.
NC State (11-6, 1-3) will go into Cameron Indoor Stadium with the ACC's leading scorer T.J. Warren, who averages 22.2 points per game. Warren scored 22 in NC State's last game, a 70-69 loss at Wake Forest that the Wolfpack led for most of the night. NCSU has won three of its last four road contests.
Duke (13-4, 2-2) is coming off a close win over Virginia, a team NC State played last Saturday. The Blue Devils are led by freshman Jabari Parker, who averages 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
After playing Duke, NC State has a quick turnaround before it hosts Maryland Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.
1. SCHEDULING QUIRK
In a scheduling quirk, NC State will be playing its fourth game at Duke in the last five meetings between the two schools. The Wolfpack played at Cameron Indoor in 2011 and in the schools' only meeting in 2012. The two Triangle schools played a home-and-home last season and now the Wolfpack is back at Duke for Saturday's contest. Since 2008, six of the 10 meetings between the two schools have been in Durham.
2. TOOK DOWN NO. 1 LAST YEAR
NC State's 84-76 win over Duke at PNC Arena last year (1/12/13) marked the Pack's sixth win over the nation's No. 1 team. Richard Howell led NC State with 16 points and 18 rebounds - 14 in the second half - in the victory. C.J. Leslie scored 25 points for NC State, which was ranked No. 20 at the time. It was the second time NC State had beaten a top-ranked Duke squad, with the other time coming in a 78-74 win on Feb. 15, 2004.
3. THE ACC'S BEST SCORER
The ACC's leading scorer is 6-8 sophomore wingman T.J. Warren, who ranks ninth in the nation averaging 22.2 points per game. The 6-8 sophomore continues to show he is one of the more efficient scorers in all of college basketball, ranking fourth in the ACC with a .505 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game). His ACC-best .622 field goal percentage last season was the second-highest single-season shooting percentage in NC State history (.624, Kevin Thompson, 1991-92). The sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances, hitting the mark against Florida Gulf Coast (30), Eastern Kentucky (30) and ECU (32). Warren has scored 21 points or more in 13 of NC State's 17 games this season and has reached double figures in 19 of his last 21 games.
4. REALIGNMENT CASUALTY
As the ACC has transformed in membership over the years, so too have traditional rivalries. NC State and Duke played each other twice each year from the 1923-24 season until 2005-06. In a series dating back to 1911, this season marks just the seventh time the two schools meet just once in the regular season.
5. NC STATE INSIDE THE ARC
NC State is second in the nation in two-point distribution, meaning just one team in America scores a higher percentage of its points on made 2-point field goals than NC State. The Wolfpack scores 63.1 percent of its points on field goals made inside the arc. Further, NC State is fourth in the ACC with a .516 shooting percentage on its attempts from inside the arc. T.J. Warren shoot .573 on his attempts inside the arc.