Five ACC foes who could cause Duke basketball problems next season

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Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore loses the ball in front of North Carolina State guard Devon Daniels during the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 02, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Wolfpack . 4. team. 442. . .

A second in-state rival may prove challenging for the Blue Devils this season. Duke squares off against the North Carolina State Wolfpack just once, and that contest is in Raleigh. The Devils have just two wins in the last six games in PNC Arena. The Pack own 8-, 11-, 12- and 22-point victories in Raleigh since 2010-11.

Next season, after compiling exactly 12 total losses in each of his first three campaigns at NC State, head coach Kevin Keatts should have the necessary pieces to keep the loss column to single digits. The nation’s No. 22 recruiting class, led by four-star point guard Cam Hayes, will join a host of ACC veterans, namely redshirt senior guard Devon Daniels, senior guard Braxton Beverly, and redshirt senior forward DJ Funderburk.

Considering that Keatts and his guys handed Duke its most lopsided loss of the 2019-20 season, the Blue Devils would be wise not to overlook the Wolfpack next season. Finally, here’s another place that hasn’t always been kind to Duke basketball teams in recent years…