Blue Devils, Wolfpack battle for early ACC lead
For a change this season, a top ACC game between two ranked teams does not involve Duke and North Carolina.
Duke is part of it, with the Blue Devils owning a perfect record and the nation’s No. 1 ranking.
But those things will be on the line today at Raleigh’s PNC Arena when Duke battles No. 20-ranked N.C. State (noon, ESPN).
Duke (15-0, 2-0 ACC) and N.C. State (13-2, 2-0) are the only ACC teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. While Duke has beaten other ranked teams (Minnesota, Louisville, Ohio State) along the way, this will be the first true road game for the Blue Devils against a Top 25 opponent.
N.C. State has won nine games in a row since losing 79-72 on Nov. 27 at No. 2 Michigan. The Wolverines join Duke as the only unbeaten teams left in the country in men’s basketball.
Duke will play its first game since senior forward Ryan Kelly, the ACC’s reigning player of the week award winner, was sidelined indefinitely with an injured right foot.