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NC State gets statement win

Updated: January 13, 2013, 1:11 PM ET
By Dick Vitale

Jimmy Valvano would have loved Saturday's game between NC State and Duke. There was so much passion, energy, emotion and enthusiasm in the PNC Arena.

I felt the game was a must-win for the Wolfpack. NC State had such high expectations going into the season as the ACC favorite. Now it had to prove that those lofty expectations were accurate.

It was a crucial game for the Wolfpack to defend their home turf. It was also important to take advantage of a Blue Devils team that was missing ...

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