Duke Blue Devils (21-8, 12-6) vs. NC State Wolfpack (22-8, 12-7)
Game #30 • Home Game #16 • ACC Game #19 • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) • Durham, N.C.
Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
In their regular-season home finale, Duke puts both a four-game winning streak and a 15-game home winning streak on the line Tuesday night versus NC State at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tuesday’s game in Durham marks the 254th all-time meeting between Duke and NC State, with the Blue Devils looking for their 151st win in the series. Duke leads the all-time series, 150-103, and has won three straight at home in the series where it is 66-30 all-time (53-26 at Cameron Indoor). The Blue Devils are looking to even the season series after falling at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Jan. 4. Duke had five in double-digit points, led by Paolo Banchero’s 21 points, in last year’s 88-73 win over the Wolfpack at Cameron Indoor Stadium. NC State is Duke’s third most-frequently played opponent behind Wake Forest (259 games) and North Carolina (259).
Overall Duke leads, 150-103
In Durham, NC Duke leads, 66-30
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 53-26
In Raleigh, NC Duke leads, 48-44
at PNC Arena Duke leads, 9-8
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 23-17
Last Meeting @State 84, Duke 60 (Jan. 4, 2023)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 6-4
The Blue Devils are looking to even the series versus the Wolfpack and cap the program’s 19th undefeated home season at Cameron Indoor and first since 2014. Over its four-game winning streak, Duke is shooting .507 from the field and .395 from three-point range with an assist-turnover ratio of 2.1-to-1. Duke’s 76 assists over the last four games (since Feb. 14) are the third most among power conference teams. Duke is 13-1 with its full scholarship roster available, including wins over Xavier, Iowa, Ohio State, Miami, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. The loss was in overtime at Virginia.
The Blue Devils are second in the conference in scoring defense (63.9), second in three-point field goal defense (.311) and second in field goal defense (.414). Duke has held 25 of 29 opponents below their season scoring average (21-4 in those games).
The balanced Blue Devils have had all five starters score in double figures in consecutive games for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Duke leads the ACC in bench scoring at 20.2 points per game, with six players on the roster averaging at least 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Fresh of his first career double-double and a career-high 11 assists, junior Jeremy Roach (right) is averaging 14.4 points in 11 games since returning from injury. In that span, Roach has two 20-point games and his 19-11 vs. VT while shooting .496 (63-of-127) from the field. Freshman Kyle Filipowski, the eight-time ACC Rookie of the Week, leads all conference freshmen in rebounding and double-doubles. His 12 double-doubles are the most by any freshman nationally, while his 8.9 rebounds lead all power conference freshmen.
Emerging as one of the nation’s top on-ball defenders, freshman Tyrese Proctor has climbed to the 92nd percentile defensively as opposing players are shooting just .308 from the field and .292 from three when primarily defended by him.
Head coach Jon Scheyer holds the ACC record for longest home court winning streak by a first-year coach. Scheyer also holds the Duke record for most wins by a first-year coach.
About NC State
NC State head into Durham with a 22-8 record overall and an ACC record of 12-7. They are coming off of a 25 point home loss to Clemson. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Wolfpack are second in the ACC in offensive rebounding, 4th in total rebounding and second in the ACC in both steals per game and blocked shots. NC State is the league second highest scoring team at 78.7 points. They are also fifth in scoring defense.
Terquavion Smith leads the Wolfpack in scoring at 17.6 points per game (third in the ACC). Smith also is the leading assist man for State at 4.4. Jarkel Joiner is right behind smith in terms of points and assists at 17 (fifth in the ACC) and 3.6 per contest. DJ Burns is the man in the middle for the Pack, he’s turned his soft touch at the rim into 13 points her game. The leading rebounder for the Pack is 6’8 Jack Clark at 7 per game. Casey Morsell rounds out the double-figure scorers for the Pack at 12.6 per game.
Duke Blue Devils
G Jeremy Roach 6’2, 180lbs Jr.
G Tyrese Proctor 6’5 175lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
F Dereck Lively 7’1, 230lbs Fr.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
G Jarkel Joiner 6’1, 180lbs Gr.
G Casey Morsell 6’3, 200lbs Sr.
G Terquavion Smith 6’4, 165lbs So.
F Greg Gantt 6’8, 210lbs RsJr.
F DJ Burns, Jr. 6’9, 275lbs Gr.
The Blue Devils are well aware of what the Wolfpack can do. The game in Raleigh was a complete destruction of the Blue Devils who were never in the game. The Blue Devils handed the Wolfpack 30 points off of their 21 turnovers and were ill-equipped to handle the blitz that NC State put on them. If the Blue Devils are to have a chance they will need to take care of the basketball – that is job one. Valuing the basketball has seemed to me a facet of the game that they’ve learned of late but it will have to continue to be a priority. Defensive pressure will also be important, the Pack have a lot of guys who are capable of scoring the basketball from all 3 areas of the floor. The Blue Devils have to provide much more of an impediment to the Wolfpack guards this time around.
DJ Burns had a huge impact in the first game as well and was the most efficient of the Wolfpack players and it stands to reason that the Blue Devils may try to double in the post. I’m not sure this logic would work as it could be a spark that gets the Packs’ outside shooters some good looks in the short corners. I’m not sure what the answer will be for that particular scenario but I’m sure Jai Lucas has something in store.