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GAME TO WATCH

No. 1 Duke at No. 23 Wake Forest

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When -- Sunday, 8 p.m.

TV -- Fox Sports Net

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The point -- The Demon Deacons have wanted another shot at the Blue Devils since last Feb. 20, when a Duke scrub mugged Chris Paul off the opening tip in a 10-point win for the home team at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Afterward, Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said that the Blue Devils "do a good job of playing hard without fouling. We have to learn how to do that better." Duke goes to Winston-Salem with the nation's top ranking and a 13-0 record. If Justin Gray and Eric Williams ever want to be mentioned again among the nation's premier inside-out combinations after J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, now is the time.

GAME TO WATCH PART II

No. 13 N.C. State at No. 25 North Carolina

When -- Saturday, 3 p.m.

TV -- ESPN2

The point -- Few in this part of the nation saw the Wolfpack handle then No. 12 and unbeaten George Wash ington by 21 Friday, but the confer ence's stealth Top 20 team gets an other opportunity to impress at the Smith Center. The young Tar Heels want to run, while a veteran State team is comfortable walking it up. Clemson is the only ACC team with more balance than State, where Ilian Evtimov's 12.6 is the top scoring aver age. Its Princeton-style offense is complemented by the best field-goal percentage defense in the confer ence. Since taking charge at North Carolina, Roy Williams is 4-0 against the Wolfpack.

DON'T MESS WITH CHEMISTRY

Boston College and North Carolina

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The point -- Boston College and North Carolina are the only teams in the ACC that have had the same starting lineup in every game. Sean Williams, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound sophomore who was suspended by the college for the first semester fol lowing a marijuana possession charge, was supposed to give the Ea gles a greater presence inside, but has played a total of 38 minutes in his first three games. Coach Al Skinner appears quite content with the start ing front line of Craig Smith, Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall. None is taller than 6-7, but all are averaging at least 14.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.


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