Few argued when Duke vaulted twice into the No. 1 ranking this season, but North Carolina State and Miami made sure everyone realized there are other contenders within the ACC by ending those reigns.
Facing each other presents a whole new challenge for each.
The 19th-ranked Wolfpack may not have starting point guard Lorenzo Brown available Saturday when they try to knock off the conference leaders and prevent the No. 14 Hurricanes from earning their first win in Raleigh.
N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) became the first team to defeat Duke, earning an 84-76 home victory Jan. 12 that also knocked the Blue Devils from the top spot in the polls.
After Duke regained the No. 1 ranking less than two weeks later, Miami (16-3, 7-0) made that reign short-lived with a 90-63 rout Jan. 23.
While both teams added a signature victory to their resume, the Wolfpack have been inconsistent since the win while the Hurricanes have continued to surge.
N.C. State is 2-3 since beating Duke, including a 58-55 ...