The No. 7 Duke Blue Devils advanced to the finals of the ACC tournament on Saturday afternoon, using a strong second half to secure a 75-67 victory over NC State at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Duke (26-7, 13-5 ACC) will take on No. 6 Virginia (27-6, 16-2 ACC) on Sunday afternoon. The team's met only once this season, with Duke capturing a 69-65 win on Jan. 13 in Durham.
The Blue Devils were led by their stud freshman Jabari Parker with 20 points and eight boards.
But he wasn't the only offensive weapon Coach K's team displayed, and was just one of four players in double digits.
Parker was joined by Rasheed Sulaimon with 16 points and Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood with 14 each.
The Wolfpack (21-13, 9-9 ACC) came into today's game on the bubble, and in the first half, they played like a team on a mission. But now they'll need to join all the other teams sweating it out on selection Sunday, hoping to hear their name called.
NC State came out shots blazing, connecting on 16-of-24 shots in the first half for an absurd 67-percent clip. They entered the half trailing by just one, and seemed in good position to all but secure a bid to the dance by defeating Duke and Syracuse on back-to-back days.
But they came out ice cold in the second half, shooting just 11-of-31 to close the game and were outscored 36-29 in the final 20 minutes.
T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack with 21 points, but 13 of those came in the first half, and the Blue Devils shut him down early in the second half when the game was still within reach.
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