Top 25 roundup: Unranked NC State steamrolls No. 6 Duke

Ross Houston
February 25, 2020

The Hokies and Blue Devils faced off once earlier this season in Cassell Coliseum with Tech leading by three at halftime before some second half adjustments propelled Duke to a comfortable 77-63 victory. The loss also marked Duke's first to an unranked opponent as a top-10 team by 20 points or more points since 1979. However, with all three teams owning a 1-1-1 record against each other, the highest-ranked win in the standings belongs to FSU (defeated ACC leader Louisville). N.C. State never trailed and never let Duke closer then 11 points in the second half.

Instead, with the game tied at 72-72 and after a missed shot went out of bounds with two seconds to play, Mamukelashvili's aggressive back-cut to the rim and a precise lob from Quincy McKnight won it in regulation.

Jones is averaging 15.5 points and an ACC-high 6.6 assists for the Blue Devils, who are coming off an 88-66 loss at North Carolina State. When the second-half rebounding numbers were pointed out to Keatts, he said: "It's hard for us to get offensive rebounds when our best rebounder is on the bench with 16 minutes to go".

In the first half, Duke freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. had 10 points and Duke freshman forward Matthew Hurt had eight points. But Georgia Tech sandwiched four free throws around a bucket by Kiah Gillespie to go up three and Nicki Ekhomu's 3-point try fell short to end the game. "We both were playing the same type of basketball and I felt like on our drives, we didn't get the same whistle". The main reason NC State's offense was thriving against Duke was the 61.5% 3-point shooting, which is absolutely incredible considering the Wolfpack is shooting 32.4% from that range on the season.

FSU: The Seminoles host No. 11 Louisville on Monday with a chance to sweep the Cardinals after winning on the road on January 4.

Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime, and No. 6 Florida State rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 11 Louisville 82-67 on Monday night. "That happens to a team". Twelve of FSU's 24 second-half attempts came in the final 1:37 of the game, though, when N.C. State was trying to foul.

"It's going to be really hard for us to beat any team when they take 16 more free throws than we do", Keatts said. Weber provided an enormous first-half spark for the Seminoles.

"I shoot them every day after practice", Johnson said. The Seminoles have thrived all season in on-ball defense, averaging 9.1 steals per game and 5.6 blocks per game. "I'm going to keep shooting them". Their response to the blowout at N.C. State was impressive and emphatic.

Carey is averaging 18.0 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Florida State posted its fourth sellout this season, drawing 11,500 fans to the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Wolfpack dominated No. 6 Duke from the jump, opening the game on a 10-1 run, and never looked back.

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