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Charting Duke’s Margins Of Victory In Cameron Since 1995

February 15, 2012

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As we get closer to tomorrow’s matchup against Duke in Cameron, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not State can match Duke on their home floor.

As you can see, there’s not a lot to like about the above chart. State’s lost every game it’s played in Cameron since 1995, and those big peaks show you that most of the time, it’s not been real competitive. Every loss since 1996 has been by double digits, five by 20 or more points.

State’s not alone in having a dismal road record against Duke, by any stretch of the imagination. Few teams go into Cameron and win.

That said, we’ve already seen two ACC opponents–Miami and FSU–score huge road wins against the Blue Devils this year. This is not your average K-coached Duke team, and they can be beaten at home. And I would say State possesses as much if not more talent than the two teams that have already done it.

The question is this: Can State shake off the memories of the abomination that took place in Chapel Hill and remain composed against one of their rivals in their house. You’d like to think they can draw on that experience to aid them tomorrow night, but as poorly as they played against the Heels, perhaps even going back to that deep, dark place is a bad idea.

We’ll see. I’m not going so far as to predict a State win, but I feel better about our chances this season more than any over the last 17 years.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sbas2 permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:30 pm

    that loss in 2000 was a game that went into overtime?  Justin Gainey was the point guard and State had a freshman from Wisconsin who was instrumental in sending the game into overtime.  shortly thereafter, he suffered a knee injury and didn’t play anymore for State choosing to return to the Wisconsin area.  also instrumental was a slip on a wet area by Gainey late in the second half  or in overtime on which a co-worker (not a State fan-but a Duke hater) said that Duke did something to cause that wet area. 

    i cannot see State staying close in this game.  when big Ben was a senior, and he and Costner were dominate inside, State led after the first half 26-22.  however, State got blown away in the second half with Paulus at one point being able to trap a pass with his foot and recover the basketball all while the referee was looking at him.  normally this is called kicking the ball, but not at Duke-no-not at Duke. 

    • JamesCurle permalink*
      February 15, 2012 3:53 pm

      Yeah, I believe is name was Marshall Williams. He intentionally missed the second of two free throws and tipped in his miss to send it to overtime.

      I remember watching that game in Reynolds when they set up the big screen for students and folks to watch. I wonder if they still do that?

      • Sbas2 permalink
        February 15, 2012 7:11 pm

        haven’t read of them doing it anymore.

  2. Sbas2 permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:52 pm

    here is the 2000 overtime game from the ACC vaults:

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