N.C. State at Duke
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to be back on the sideline as the Blue Devils attempt to win consecutive games for the first time in almost a month Saturday night when North Carolina State visits for an ACC matchup. Krzyzewski did not make the trip for Duke’s 80-71 victory at Georgia Tech on Tuesday due to illness.
Grayson Allen drained seven 3-pointers and scored 27 in the Blue Devils’ triumph last time out, coming two games after he poured in 28 at N.C. State on Jan. 23 in an 88-78 win. Duke’s second-leading scorer Brandon Ingram added 25 two weeks ago against the Wolfpack, who are 1-3 in their last four games overall and have lost four of the past five road contests. N.C. State’s Anthony Barber, who leads the ACC in scoring, has recorded at least 30 points in four of his past five contests but was limited to 19 in the other against the Blue Devils. Barber is the first Wolfpack player since David Thompson (1975) to score 30 or more in three consecutive games.TV:
2 p.m. ET, ESPNABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (12-11, 2-8 ACC):
Barber is in the top 10 in the nation at 23.4 points per contest after making 20-of-35 from the field the last two games and averages a team-best 4.6 assists. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu has also had a solid season for the Wolfpack, averaging 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds with 10 double-doubles – five in ACC play. Freshman Maverick Rowan has contributed 12.6 points per game, but has made 8-of-32 from the field the past four contests.ABOUT DUKE (16-6, 5-4):
Allen is averaging 20.6 points overall (24 in the past three contests) and is shooting 49.5 percent from the field – 41.8 from 3-point range. Ingram (17 points) has also been productive while Matt Jones (12.1) and Luke Kennard (11.9) also average in double figures scoring, but the Blue Devils miss the versatility of injured forward Amile Jefferson (10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds). The Blue Devils will have to lift the level of its defense, which stands 10th in the league in points against (71.2).TIP-INS
1. Barber has made 42-of-44 free throws the last seven games and missed his first since Jan. 10 last time out.
2. The Blue Devils have drained 195 shots from behind the 3-point line – 59 more than the Wolfpack.
3. N.C. State junior F BeeJay Anya leads the ACC in blocks per game (2.5) and is five shy of 200 for his career.PREDICTION:
Duke 82, N.C. State 68
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