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A Wolfpack kind of New Year

NC State fans storm the court after victory over Duke

Watch as NC State fans storm the court after the Wolfpack upset the Duke Blue Devils at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.
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Watch as NC State fans storm the court after the Wolfpack upset the Duke Blue Devils at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

No, people have not been saying that you-know-what has frozen over, even though it may feel like it. And no, we’re not relating this to the aligning of the stars that allowed someone in New Hampshire to buy a $500 million-plus lottery ticket.

But the good folks in Wolfpack Nation are still hoarse from Saturday night’s upset victory over Duke University, the No. 2 men’s college basketball team in the country. N.C State Coach Kevin Keatts was modest in victory, and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was gracious about the loss, saying the Wolfpack team “played like men,” meaning they used their experience.

But still, on campus and at favored hangouts such as Raleigh’s Players Retreat, the glory was still being enjoyed as the weekend came to an end. In the Mecca of college basketball, an upset of this magnitude by a team with a first-year coach is, as the say big (imagine all capital letters here).

Duke President Vincent Price is a new arrival on campus, but he’s undoubtedly been clued in on the importance of the basketball team tradition. And while he may not like the loss, he should be encouraged to support Krzyzewski even in the aftermath of defeat. The coach deserves a chance.

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