RECAP: State Takes Down Duke

The Wolfpack are interesting. Their issues are well documented so lets just marvel at the show the Pack put on this evening in Durham. It’s been a tough last few months with Durham taking Raleigh staples such as The Alley and Finch’s with open arms, so it was nice to see the Pack take a win from the Bull City. Dennis Smith Jr. snapped out of his two game shooting funk and dropped 32 points on the Blue Devils, while Abdul-Malik Abu (19 pts, 9 rbs) and Ted Kapita (more below) played great down low to get the win 84-82.

The Pack shot 50.9 % from the field, 37.5% from three, and played just enough defense to knock the Blue Devils off. Most impressive was how NC State fought back from numerous deficits during this game and showed the fire they’ve been lacking. They played much better defense in the second half and if they can just be average on the defensive end they should survive.

Player of The Game: Dennis Smith Jr.

Duke had no answer for DSJ as he ran the ball baseline to baseline on Duke without hesitation. Dennis had a lot of great plays but none better than the one that came after the final buzzer.

Ted ‘The King’ Kapita: Raleigh City Sports’ favorite player had been M.I.A. the last two games but made an impact in a big way on Monday night. Subbed in for the softy Yurtseven, Kapita brought fire and passion to a NC State team that needed a spark plug. Unfortunately, The King fouled out with five minutes left in the game but finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. Ted gave us the technical we figured would have happened before now and it was glorious. Technical well worth it!

What’s Next?: NC State improves to 14-7 (3-5 ACC) and travels to Louisville for a Sunday tip at 1 p.m. They need to get a couple more big wins to keep their tourney hopes alive.

Sidenote:  Mike’s response when told that Coach Schoyer wore his black button down: “Keep wearing that all black open collar coach!”