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This is a dangerous stretch on N.C. State’s schedule and a dangerous game against a Clemson team that is short on skill but long on effort. Expect Clemson to make it difficult for the Wolfpack, which is coming off an emotional loss to Notre Dame. Joe Giglio

NC State’s Abdul-Malik Abu has become a go-to post player midway through his freshman season.

Most teams have been double-teaming Jahlil Okafor in the post. When he passes out, teammates need to hit shots. Quinn Cook did that Sunday to help give Coach K his 1,000th victory.

It hurt to talk, Nate Britt said, and the stitches on the inside of his swollen upper lip poked through his mouth while he spoke after scoring a career-high 17 points in UNC’s 93-83 win over Syracuse.

It has been awhile since Davidson coach Bob McKillop could say nonconference games were the easy part of the Wildcats’ schedule. Yet that’s what McKillop’s players are facing in their inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 – and it’s reflected in the team’s Rating Percentage Index ranking.

Kentucky stays in its season-long perch atop the AP Top 25 and has taken back one of its lost first-place votes from No. 2 Virginia.

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