Duke vs. NC State live score, updates, highlights from 2024 March Madness Elite Eight game

It’s been exactly 17 days since Duke and NC State last met at Capital One Arena in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Blue Devils walked into the building as favorites, but the Wolfpack walked out as winners with their NCAA Tournament hopes still alive. Plenty can change in 17 days.

NC State simply hasn’t stopped winning since that night, managing two more ACC Tournament victories to secure and unlikely tournament bid and rattling off three more wins in the big dance to stunningly reach the Elite Eight. DJ Burns Jr. has captured America’s hearts, but it’s been a team effort for Kevin Keatts’ squad on both ends of the floor. 

Despite NC State’s win streak, Duke will still enter Sunday as the favorite to advance to the Final Four. Jon Scheyer’s group has grown up during the NCAA Tournament, grinding out a defensive win over No. 1 Houston on Friday after the Cougars lost star Jamal Shead.

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The Blue Devils can’t be pushed around on either end of the floor, but the same can be said about Burns and the unsinkable Wolfpack. Only one ACC team can earn a bid to the Final Four in Arizona, and the one that does will arrive with quite a chip on its shoulder after facing so much doubt late in the season.

While both teams have been doubted this season, NC State will still approach Sunday’s game as a David vs. Goliath matchup. Why not? The Wolfpack haven’t reached the Final Four in more than four decades, and that underdog mentality has served them well all month long. Do they have one more miracle up their sleeve?

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Sunday’s Elite Eight game between Duke and NC State. Follow along with the March Madness action below.

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Duke vs. NC State score

  1 2 F
Duke 27
NC State 21

Duke vs. NC State live updates, results, highlights from 2024 March Madness

(All times Eastern).

FIRST HALF: Duke 27, NC State 21

6 p.m.: Neither team has found much rhythm on the offensive end. NC State is shooting 26.5 percent from the field, while Duke is shooting 30.8 percent.

5:56 p.m.: Taylor converts his and-1 to cut the deficit to six points with about 1:20 remaining.

5:51 p.m.: Duke leads the free throw battle by a large difference so far in the first half. The Blue Devils are 9-of-9 from the line, including McCain going 7-of-7. NC State is just 1-of-2 on free throws.

5:48 p.m.: Middlebrooks blocks Filipowski, who then turns the ball over to O’Connell on a pass. O’Connell goes the distance for the layup. Duke leads 23-18 with 4:15 remaining.

5:41 p.m.: Duke is up 21-14, its largest lead thus far, with 6:52 remaining in the first half.

5:35 p.m.: Horne banks in a triple from the corner!

5:33 p.m.: It’s McCain vs. Burns right now. McCain knocks down another triple to reach 11 points, while Burns has eight points. Burns just picked up his second foul and is now on the bench with under 10 to go in the half. Duke leads 15-11.

5:25 p.m.: McCain is fouled on the 3-point line and makes all three free throws to up his total to eight points. Duke leads 12-9 with under 13 minutes to play in the half.

5:18 p.m.: McCain knocks down a transition 3-pointer to break Duke’s three-minute scoring drought. Blue Devils lead 7-6 with 14:25 remaining.

5:13 p.m.: Burns is up to four points, both on mid-range jumpers to give NC State the 4-2 lead in the first two minutes of play.

5:10 p.m.: Here’s the starting five for both sides:

NC State:

  • DJ Horne
  • Michael O’Connell
  • Casey Morsell
  • Mohamed Diarra
  • DJ Burns Jr.


  • Jeremy Roach
  • Jared McCain
  • Tyrese Proctor
  • Mark Mitchell
  • Kyle Filipowski

4:51 p.m.: Duke and NC State have faced each other twice earlier this season, splitting the games. NC State won the ACC championship after defeating Duke in the tournament quarterfinals.

Duke vs. NC State start time

  • Date: Sunday, March 31
  • Time: 5:05 p.m. ET

Sunday’s Elite Eight game between No. 4 Duke and No. 11 NC State will tip off at 5:05 p.m. ET on Sunday from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex.

How to watch Duke vs. NC State

Sunday’s game between Duke and NC State will be broadcast on CBS, with Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill on the call from Dallas. Cord-cutters can stream the game on Paramount+.

NCAA Tournament schedule 2024

Below is the complete schedule for the Elite Eight:

Game Time (ET) TV/Livestream
No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Illinois 6:09 p.m. TBS/truTV
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 6 Clemson 8:49 p.m. TBS/truTV
No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 2 Tennessee 2:20 p.m. CBS/Paramount+
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 11 NC State 5:05 p.m. CBS/Paramount+


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