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NC State's 88-66 win against Duke at PNC Arena just over two weeks ago was a big one that got the Wolfpack back into the NCAA tournament conversation.

Tonight's rematch at Cameron Indoor Stadium has the potential to be even more meaningful.

Another victory against the Blue Devils wouldn't necessarily guarantee the Wolfpack a spot in the NCAA's field of 68. But it would almost certainly put its fate into its own hands as it reaches the end of the regular season and begins postseason play.

The good news is that a loss isn't likely to damage State's chances, meaning that this is essentially a "house money" type of game.

Does that mean coach Kevin Keatts' team will play as loose as it did in that earlier matchup with Duke? You just never know because State's of the up-and-down nature. Another X Factor is that the Blue Devils are scuffling, having lost three straight.

It's going to be an interesting one and you know the atmosphere is going to be, well, crazy.

So check back throughout the game for live updates and analysis.

While you're waiting for tipoff, here are some links to our coverage leading up to the game to pass the time:

Bates Shows Offensive Potential Just When Wolfpack Needs It

Wolfpack Tipoff: Game 30, at No. 7 Duke

PREGAME

It's the usual suspects to start for the Wolfpack -- Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D,.J. Funderburk and Manny Bates. ...

Duke has a surprise in its starting five with Joey Baker and Javin Delaurier starting alongside Vernon Carey, Cassius Stanley and Tre Jones ...

Two kids from Fayetteville going up against one another tonight. I'm pretty sure Bates and Baker have played against one another before ...

FIRST HALF

A steal to start for State, but Bryce gets called for a charge trying to score in transition. History tells us that the last thing the Wolfpack needs is foul trouble ... 

Bryce breaks the ice with a three, but now Bates has commited a foul ...

Duke has missed its first five field goal attempts ... 

Stanley gets one to go down for Duke 3 1/2 minutes in ... 

First TV timeout: State 7, Duke 4

The Blue Devils are now 1 for 12 from the floor with four turnovers. But the Wolfpack is only up 9-4. ... 

Second foul on Bates ...

Duke can't throw it in the ocean, but State isn't taking full advantage ... And just like that Jordan Goldwire hits a trey to make it an 11-10 game ...

Beverly with two nice defensive plays in a row .... first a steal from Jones that leads to a Daniels basket in transition. Then fronts the taller Wendell Moore Jr., forcing an entry pass that was too high and out of bounds for a turnover ...

Under 12 TV timeout: State 15, Duke 10

Keatts has been after Daniels to attack the rim hard rather than settling for floaters and he's been good about that lately. He just reverted back with a floater from the baseline that missed and you could tell from Keatts' reaction he wasn't happy. ...

There's a Danny Dixon sighting ... And he immediately picks up a foul 

Under 8 TV timeout: State 23, Duke 21

Not sure if it's because we're down on the floor or if the volume is just high, but the PA system here at Cameron is by far the loudest in the ACC ...

Stanley slashes to the hole and scores. Tie game ...

Now Justin Robinson with a rebound dunk and Duke has its first lead of the night 25-23 ... 

Funderburk scores and Daniels gets a dunk off transition after a Johnson steal and the Wolfpack is back on top ...

D.J. Funderburk dunks for two points in the first half

D.J. Funderburk dunks for two points in the first half

Now Hellems scores on a great 3 on 1 that featured passes from Funderburk to Bryce to Hellems and the lead is back up to 29-25. K wants timeout  ...

It is absolutely astounding how up and down this NC State team can be … Wolfpack struggled for 33 minutes against Pitt on Saturday. Two days later, it's playing like gangbusters against Duke at Cameron ...

Under 4 TV timeout: Wolfpack 32, Blue Devils 25

Stanley scores in transition to halt a 9-0 State run. Now Carey completes a three-point play after Funderburk's first foul ... 

#Gameofruns

Duke goes zone and State attacks it well. Hellems at the high post finds Bryce on the baseline for a basket and one ... 

Funderburk misses the front end of a one-and-one, then gets called for his second foul trying to guard Carey ... Both he and Bates have two ... 

Andree in for Funderburk for the final 59.3 seconds of the half ...

Bryce turns it over and the score is tied ... Now Hellems leaves a baseline jumper short and Andree fouls in transition ... Moore makes the free throws to put the Blue Devils ahead with four seconds left ... 

No Markell halfcourt magic today ...

The Wolfpack played a strong first half ... until the last two minutes. 

Halftime: Duke 38, State 36

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SECOND HALF

Daniels gets the Wolfpack back even with a floater that goes, but State turns it over on its next possesion and Duke answers right back ...

Keatts might not like that floater, but Daniels has hit two in a row, one from each side, and he's got 10 ...

Bates with a quick one. That's three fouls. The freshman won't be able to build on his strong game against Pitt Saturday from the bench, which is where he's headed now ...

Daniels is in full attack mode. Now he's fouled going to the rim ...

But he misses both and Bryce misses from close range on the rebound ... Too many missed opportunities ... 

Under 16 TV timeout: State 46, Duke 44

State hits its first extended scoring drought of the night and it's costing it. The Wolfpack is 1 for its last seven and Duke has scored seven straight over the past 2:14 to take its biggest lead of the night -- 51-46. Keatts calls time ...

And of course, Braxton Beverly hits a three to settle things down (but only momentarily) ... Hellems is stripped and Duke scores on the break to go up by six and Cameron is as loud as it's been the entire game  ... 

Carey picks up his third foul ...

Duke still in a zone ... 

Under 12 TV timeout: Duke 55, State 49

State had its chances, but let Duke stick around and now the Blue Devils are blowing this one open. It's a 15-3 run and the Wolfpack has a big hole to dig out of  ... 59-49 with 10:57 left ... Another State timeout ...

Bryce with a trey out of the timeout. His third tonight. He's got 12 points ... 

CJ Bryce jumper at Duke

Stanley with a tomahawk dunk off an alley oop pass sends the crowd into a frenzy and Duke up by 11 ... 

Funderburk picks up his third ... Bates back in 

Bates picks up his fourth trying to block Stanley's shot and Hellems has some words for him ... Wolfpack starting to show some frustration, now down by 12 ...

Justin Robinson looks like his dad David Robinson swatting away a Johnson floater in the lane. It's coming apart at the seams quickly for State ... 

The deficit is up to 15 ...

Under 8 TV timeout: Duke 71, State 56

Since the Wolfpack went up 46-44 early in the half, it has been outscored 27-10 and now finds itself in a deep hole with 7:19 left ... 

Hellems makes one of two free throws. State is 7 of 15 from the line. You can't win at Cameron shooting like that  ... 

Final TV timeout: Duke 79, State 63

Bates gets a dunk from Johnson, his first basket of the game. Too little, too late ...

And now insult to injury, Bryce gets popped in the face and is still down on the floor in a lot of pain. This is not good. He's already had one concussion this season and missed three weeks. Neither he nor the Wolfpack can afford this ...

Bryce is up, walking to the bench with a towel over his face. My guess is that's the last we'll see of him tonight ...  BTW, I'm not sure how he can get that injured without any contact. Maybe there should have been a foul called on that play?

Bates fouls out on a play 35 feet from te basket. He played 11 minutes tonight. Two points, one rebound, one block ... 

Bryce has been taken back to the locker room ... 

The good news is that this result will make State's win against Duke at PNC look a lot better. The bad news is that the Wolfpack didn't do anything else to help its NCAA tournament hopes ..

FInal: Duke 88, State 69

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