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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3. Can NC State Take Advantage of Its Experience Advantage?

One of the biggest advantages NC State has over the Blue Devils is the number of upperclassmen on their team. Experience is one of the most underrated elements of college basketball, as exemplified by the teams making deep runs in March Madness so far.

Duke lacks on that front as they start three sophomores and a freshman. Senior guard Jeremy Roach has demonstrated his leadership by scoring 14 in the second half against Houston on Friday and Duke will rely on him again when going gets tough offensively. NC

NC State, on the other hand, is led by upperclassmen up and down the roster. They start five seniors and bring in two juniors off their bench to complete their rotation.

The experience advantage has proven very valuable in clutch situations during NC State's cinderella run as they won two crucial overtime games (UVA and Oakland) by seriously outperforming their opponents as the clock was winding down.

If it is a tight game toward the end, the Wolfpack might have an advantage over the young Blue Devils.

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