NC State Begins Brutal Stretch At No. 5 Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- After climbing near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, North Carolina State wants to prove it can stay there.

That won't be easy with games ahead against all three that share the league lead.

The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3) begins a challenging stretch of three games in six days Thursday night at No. 5 Duke. They enter one game behind the Blue Devils (21-4, 8-2), No. 8 North Carolina and No. 20 Florida State.

You can catch the NC State/Duke game tonight at 9pm on WITN 7.1 (NBC).

The Wolfpack play host to the Seminoles on Saturday and the Tar Heels next Tuesday.

Picking up a win or two in that stretch certainly would enhance N.C. State's NCAA tournament resume, but coach Mark Gottfried said Wednesday that his team can't afford to think about that yet.

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  • by Teak on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    Will Duke attemt 35 or 45 three pointers tonight?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to Teak
      I think the number of free throws will be a more telling statistic.
  • by UNC TARHEEL FAN Location: Carolina on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    I dont care for either team...but I rather State win against Duke any day.! Tarheels baby.! :)
  • by Michael Location: Edenton, NC on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Dukes sayn this ain't football. Nc States Saying this is our year!!!!! GO PACK!!!!!!!!!
  • by World Champion on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    WITN the home of the ACC in greenville NC makes me sick to my stomach. If i was the media relations department i would ban you from the ecu campus.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to World Champion
      Quit being so jealous...this is ACC country boy
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM in reply to World Champion
      Really, would you rather watch the number 4 team in the ACC play the number 2 team in the ACC, or CUSA bottom dweller ECU lose to the likes of Marshall or UTEP? Believe it or not, there are thousands of State and Duke fans in Eastern Carolina; probably more than ECU.
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      by Wolfman on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to World Champion
      Wow dude...this is the heart of ACC country!
  • by Duke Fan Location: Farmville on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    It's Carolina who always gets the sympathy from the polls. How was Carolina ranked higher than Duke with the same number of loses, but Florida State beat them by 33 and only beat Duke by 3? Scott must be a tarhole...
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Duke Fan
      Because they don't rank a team based on how badly they win or lose.
  • by Justin Location: Mount Aury NC on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:05 AM
    I am a die hard State fan. I know tonight is going to be one of the hardest games we have a head of us.. But i think that if State shows up ready to play Duke wont be able to put a stop to them..
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Justin
  • by Scott on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    Pack wins this game by 5 points, Duke suffers 3rd home loss in a month. They will still move up in the rankings regardless!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:17 AM in reply to Scott
      I doubt that

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