3 Massive Questions for Duke vs. NC State in Elite Eight

Duke is facing the red-hot NC State in the Elite Eight on Sunday. Here are the three most important questions for the matchup.
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The Elite Eight is here and we are guaranteed a North Carolina representative in the Final Four. We will find out whether it will be the Duke Blue Devils or the NC State Wolfpack in Arizona next week later today. Here are the three most important questions ahead of today's crucial matchup between the two sides.

1. Can Duke Frontcourt Match Up With DJ Burns?

Throughout the regular season, it was D.J. Horne who was carrying the offensive burden for NC State. The senior guard led the Wolfpack in scoring all season, as well as in the Sweet 16 matchup against Marquette on Friday.

However, it has been DJ Burns show in March Madness so far. Instantly becoming a fan favorite during the NCAA Tournament, the senior big man has been on a tear over the last month. Not only is he impossible to guard in the post, but he is also the offensive hub for the Wolfpack, making plays for his teammates with his passing.

How the Blue Devils matchup with his physicality and strength will be one of the determining factors of the game. Kyle Filipowski has the height and length advantage over him but Burns is much stronger. In their ACC Tournament matchup, Filip outplayed Burns in a big way but also couldn't stay out of foul trouble. If he hadn't fouled out after 34 minutes of action, perhaps Duke could have closed them out.

Now it will once again be important for Duke's sophomore star to stay out of foul trouble and hold his own against DJ Burns. Keeping him from going to his left will be key to making sure he doesn't get easy buckets or to the free-throw line.