Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating NC State

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Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating NC State
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The Duke Blue Devils will face their first true road test of the season this Saturday when they travel to Raleigh to take on No. 20 North Carolina State.

It is the first marquee game of the ACC season, and the winner of this contest will have an early leg up in the race to win the regular-season conference championship.

Duke enters the game on a 15-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the country. However, this will be the first game the Blue Devils are playing without Ryan Kelly, the 6'11" senior forward who is out indefinitely after injuring his foot in the game against Clemson.

The loss of Kelly will be difficult to overcome, and these five keys will be critical to Duke extending its win streak to 16 games and notching the victory over the Wolfpack.

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