3 Thrilling Observations from Duke's Critical Win Over NC State

One major development should have Blue Devils fans fired up
Sean Stewart had two steals and three blocks in Duke's win against NC State
Sean Stewart had two steals and three blocks in Duke's win against NC State / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Even When Jeremy Roach is Human, He's Not

We mentioned Jeremy Roach's ridiculous hot streak after the win over Louisville, and he rebounded from a clunker against Virginia to pour in 21 points against NC State.

Roach managed only six points on 3-of-9 shooting in the win over the Cavaliers but made 9-of-17, mostly by dashing into the paint to finish inside. He made just one of seven three-pointers after missing all four attempts from beyond the arc in the Virginia game, though I expect he'll bounce back to his absurd levels in time for postseason play.

He's still shooting 44% from three-point range on the season despite his 1-of-11 stretch, coming right after he made 21 of 40 three-pointers in a scorching hot month. Especially if Stewart provides a spark offensively, it's nearly impossible to guard a Duke team featuring those two, Filipowski, Mitchell and Tyrese Proctor.

Duke's NCAA Championship odds are down to +2300, meaning a $10 bet would profit $230 if they win, so it appears the rest of the country is taking notice of how impressive the Blue Devils have been lately.

If they can pull off a win over North Carolina to clinch a share of the ACC Title, Roach's exceptional efforts of late will be a massive reason why. Saturday will be quite the showdown and we know the Cameron Crazies will make their voices heard one last time in this regular season.

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