Jabari Parker scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Blue Devils advanced to the ACC championship game. Duke (26-7) will face Virginia in the conference title game at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday after getting 16 points from Rasheed Sulaimon and 14 points each from Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook while hounding ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren. The third-seeded Blue Devils used a 9-0 second-half spurt to take control, shooting 57.1 percent from the field for the game. Warren scored 21 points – but only eight after intermission – for No. 7 seed North Carolina State (21-13), which was playing for the third time in three days. The Wolfpack, who lost by 35 points to Duke two months ago, shot 49.1 percent from the field thanks in part to Warren’s 10-for-22 effort. Ralston Turner’s 3-pointer tied the game at 45 just over four minutes into the second half, but the Wolfpack missed eight of their next 10 shots from the field. Hood and Parker scored on the ensuing two Duke possessions after Turner’s basket as the Blue Devils scored nine consecutive points to establish a 54-45 advantage. Two Anthony Barber free throws gave the Wolfpack a 34-31 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half, but Cook’s 3-pointer and Parker’s three-point play helped push the Blue Devils to a 39-38 halftime advantage. North Carolina State shot 67 percent from the field in the opening period before fatigue and the Duke defense stymied the Wolfpack in the second half. GAME NOTEBOOK: Duke finished with just six turnovers but shot an abysmal 12-for-23 from the free-throw line. … Parker recorded his 16th consecutive double-figure scoring game. … North Carolina State, which will now wait to see if it earns a NCAA tournament at-large bid, got 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench from Lennard Freeman.
Duke 75, N.C. State 67
ProSportsDaily | Mar 16