Duke basketball: Top 5 plays from pleasing win over NC State

Duke basketball power forward Paolo Banchero (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball power forward Paolo Banchero (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The top plays show Duke basketball beating NC State in picturesque fashion.

By playing to its strength in the paint rather than regularly resorting to small-ball lineups against a smaller foe, the Duke basketball squad delivered Saturday’s encouraging 88-73 victory at home over the unranked NC State Wolfpack (9-9, 2-5 ACC).

Following the win, the program’s official Twitter account revealed its picks for the top five plays from the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils (14-2, 4-1 ACC).

And it’s no surprise that the overriding theme of the highlights is domination from Duke’s big fellas:

A recap of Duke basketball’s top plays against NC State

Coming in at No. 5 on the countdown, sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach found Mark Williams — who flirted with a triple-double in the game without committing any fouls — for an uncontested transition flush in the first half.

Next on the list is a rejection by graduate senior big man Theo John that translated into points on the other end during Duke’s second-half explosion after freshman power forward Paolo Banchero secured an offensive rebound and produced an emphatic dunk.

No. 3 is also from the early stages of the second half and showcases the sheer fly-swatting prowess of Williams on his way to a career-high eight blocks, marking the most from a Blue Devil in any contest since 2006.

Although the program admitted to hesitation in keeping No. 2 from the top spot, the placement does not diminish the Dr. J-like theatrics under the rim from junior small forward Wendell Moore late in the second half.

Finally, No. 1 is from the first half and fittingly belongs to Mark Williams and Paolo Banchero. First, the 7-foot Williams pulled off arguably the Blue Devils’ best bounce pass of the season by using his otherwordly length to save an errant toss from going out of bounds on a fastbreak. And Banchero was in perfect position for another momentum-strengthening slam.

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