It isn’t the story book match-up that many envisioned when the ACC Tournament brackets emerged earlier in the week, but the Duke Blue Devils and NC State Wolfpack are set to square off in the second semifinal on Saturday, and the in-state rivalry should provide a quality viewing experience from Greensboro.
Duke narrowly escaped an upset to Clemson on Friday night (by a 1-point margin), and the Blue Devils should consider themselves lucky to be here. Still, Coach K and company do have the benefit of having two legitimate stars in Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, and it would be tough to imagine one of the country’s best offenses having back-to-back “off” nights at the office.
For NC State, the Wolfpack may have already gotten their “big” win, as they upset highly-ranked Syracuse on Friday behind ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren. NCSU doesn’t quite have the talent level of a team like Duke, but the Wolfpack have a top-40 offense in America in their own right, and short of an all-out shootout on that end, they should be able to compete.
Here’s how you can watch all the action on Saturday:
Date: March 15
Start Time: 3:00 PM ET
Location: Greensboro, NC
Arena: Greensboro Coliseum
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
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