N.C. State 74, Duke 60
How long has Mike Krzyzewski been Duke’s coach? His first game against N.C. State was the last year of the “Big Four” Tournament.
Krzyzewski’s first season at Duke, also the first for Jim Valvano at N.C. State, featured three games between the two teams. The Wolfpack won the first in the Big Four matchup and then they each won on the other’s home court. Krzyzewski’s first win against N.C. State (56-47) came at Reynolds Coliseum on Jan. 21, 1981.
No. 2 Duke 72,
No. 17 N.C. State 70
A pair of free throws from guard Johnny Dawkins with two seconds left gave Krzyzewski his first sweep of N.C. State. Dawkins had a game-high 24 points and backcourt mate Tommy Amaker had nine assists in a game that featured 30 assists on 58 made field goals.
There was also some basketball brainpower on the floor. Between the two teams, there were three future NBA coaches (Nate McMillan, Vinny Del Negro and Quin Snyder), three future Division I coaches (Amaker, Dawkins and David Henderson) and two future NBA general managers (Billy King and Danny Ferry).
No. 8 Duke 73,
No. 11 N.C. State 71
Location: Greensboro Coliseum
N.C. State swept the two regular-season meetings and entered the ACC tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Wolfpack wiped out a 10-point deficit but Duke forward Danny Ferry’s basket with 1 minute, 45 seconds left broke a 71-71 tie and moved the Blue Devils into the ACC title game.
This was the second, and last, ACC tournament meeting between Krzyzewski and Valvano. Each won one game.
No. 8 Duke 85,
N.C. State 82 (OT)
Duke senior Phil Henderson scored 25 points and finished with seven rebounds, but his best work came on the defensive end. He harassed N.C. State top scorer Rodney Monroe into a 5-of-26 shooting effort. The Wolfpack attempted 79 shots – 18 more than Duke – and forced overtime after trailing by 11 points in the second half.
This was Valvano’s last game at Cameron, where he was 5-5. The two coaching legends would have their last faceoff a month later in Reynolds. N.C. State handed Duke a 76-71 loss. Valvano finished his N.C. State career with a 14-9 record vs. Krzyzewski.
No. 4 Duke 93, N.C. State 72
First-year N.C. State coach Les Robinson won his first game against Krzyzewski, 95-89 at Reynolds, and dropped the return game at Cameron 72-65.
The Wolfpack and Blue Devils met for a third time in the ACC tournament and Duke, the No. 1 seed, shot 73.9 percent (17 of 23) in the second half to pull away for a 21-point win.
Duke 71, N.C. State 70
Duke had lost both regular-season games to N.C. State in Krzyzewski’s absence during the 1994-95 season. By the time the Blue Devils got to Raleigh the next season, they had an 0-4 ACC record.
Down 70-68, and staring at 0-5 in the ACC with 5.5 seconds left, guard Chris Collins hit a deep 3-pointer in front of Duke’s bench. The shot caromed off the front of the rim and then bounced around the rim three times before falling through for a 71-70 Duke lead.
N.C. State got a last-second layup from guard Curtis Marshall but the ball rolled in and out to preserve the Duke win.
A month later, N.C. State dropped a 79-76 overtime game in Durham. It was the last game in the series for Robinson, who was 1-10 against Krzyzewski.
No. 3 Duke 91, N.C. State 61
Herb Sendek’s first win against Krzyzewski came in the 1997 ACC tournament, in Sendek’s first season. It was a monumental upset by the eighth-seeded Wolfpack over top-seeded Duke. Krzyzewski won the next five ACC tournament games against N.C. State and Sendek, none more convincing than the beatdown in this championship game in Charlotte. N.C. State had no answer for Duke star Jason Williams, who had 24 points and 10 assists.
No. 12 Duke 84, N.C. State 77
The same two teams met a year later in the ACC title game. The result was the same, the fifth straight ACC title for the Blue Devils, but the game was completely different from the 2002 Duke blowout.
N.C. State led 55-40 with 11:44 left before foul trouble sent Wolfpack star Julius Hodge to the bench.
Duke guard J.J. Redick scored 23 of his 30 points in the final 10 minutes to carry the Blue Devils to the comeback win.
N.C. State 88, No. 8 Duke 74
N.C. State’s Tracy Smith celebrated his 21st birthday with 23 points in a lopsided win against the eventual national champions in Raleigh.
The game was notable because Duke senior forward Brian Zoubek had nine rebounds in 14 minutes. Zoubek’s role would increase after another lopsided loss, 10 days later at Georgetown (89-77), and become a key cog in Krzyzewski’s fourth national title team.
No. 5 Duke 78, N.C. State 73
N.C. State, under first-year coach Mark Gottfried, couldn’t play any better than it did for the first 30 minutes. The Wolfpack led 61-41 before guard Seth Curry led the Blue Devils on a furious comeback.
Curry scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as Duke erased a 20-point deficit. Three N.C. State starters fouled out, including both forwards.
Krzyzewski hasn’t a lost a home game to N.C. State since 1988.