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NC State shocks Duke to achieve Last 4 as Cinderella run continues

NC State shocks Duke to achieve Last 4 as Cinderella run continues


The group representing the state of North Carolina within the Last 4 of the boys’s NCAA Match isn’t the Tar Heels or the Blue Devils. 

It’s the NC State Wolfpack. 

The No. 11-seeded NC State squad’s Cinderella journey continues, as they upset No. 4 Duke on Sunday evening, 76-64, to maneuver on to the Last 4 in Arizona.

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DJ Burns Jr. #30 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drives to the basket as Ryan Younger #15 of the Duke Blue Devils defends within the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match at American Airways Heart on March 31, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

The Wolfpack will tackle the No. 1-seeded Purdue Boilermakers for a spot within the nationwide championship recreation. 

That is the primary time NC State has reached the Last 4 since 1983 after they received the nationwide championship beneath legendary coach Jim Valvano. 

NC State’s victory got here within the second half, the place they outscored Duke, 55-37, after being down 27-21 at halftime. 

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DJ Burns Jr., the Wolfpack’s huge man within the paint, was smiling from ear to ear within the second half as he had his approach with the Blue Devils. Burns led NC State with 29 factors on a highly-efficient 13-for-19 with 4 rebounds and three assists. 

Guard DJ Horne was additionally getting the job accomplished within the second half, utilizing his pace to blow previous the Blue Devils’ protection, scoring 20 factors on 7-of-16 from the sphere. 

Whereas the Wolfpack could not miss within the second half, the Blue Devils began going chilly. 

The sport was tied at 38 apiece with Burns hitting a jumper with 12:22 left within the second half. However as soon as Horne knocked down a jumper of his personal to take the lead with 11:49 left, NC State didn’t let the lead slip away. 

NC State went on a 15-4 run, which led to a 53-42 lead with 6:56 left to play. The Wolfpack devoted in Dallas have been raucous, recognizing that their group was in full management of the sport. 

DJ Horne drives to basket

DJ Horne #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drives to the basket as Jaylen Blakes #2 of the Duke Blue Devils defends within the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match at American Airways Heart on March 31, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

Duke couldn’t purchase a bucket because the half continued to tick down on the scoreboard, with main scorer Jared McCain, who had 32 factors, Jeremy Roach and Kyle Filipowski not with the ability to rating like they’d earlier within the match. It additionally didn’t assist that Filipowski fouled out with lower than 5 minutes to play. 

McCain and Roach have been capable of make some layups down the stretch, however Duke’s full-court press by no means labored, as NC State received these factors proper again with straightforward buckets. 

On the stat sheet, Duke shot simply 32.2% from the sphere and 25% from three-point territory, whereas NC State was 46.7% from the sphere. 

Filipowski fouled out with simply 11 factors, as he shot 3-of-12 together with 0-of-3 from past the arc. Roach had 13 factors on 5-of-13 capturing, whereas Tyrese Proctor went 0-of-9 which included 5 missed threes.  

DJ Burns Jr. and Ben Middlebrooks celebrate on court

DJ Burns Jr. #30 and Ben Middlebrooks #34 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack rejoice after scoring within the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match in opposition to the Duke Blue Devils at American Airways Heart on March 31, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

NC State has a troublesome process forward with Purdue, particularly huge man Zach Edey who dropped 40 factors in opposition to Tennessee earlier on Sunday to ebook their Last 4 ticket. However the Wolfpack continues to shock their opponents, beginning with No. 6 Texas Tech and most just lately No. 2 Marquette within the Candy 16. 

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No. 1 UConn and No. 4 Alabama are the opposite Last 4 matchup, each of which will likely be performed at State Farm Stadium on April 6. 

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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