Maybe coach Mark Gottfried was onto something with his whole wet-blanket routine immediately following N.C. State's 84-76 win over No. 1 Duke on Saturday.
Over the past 20 years, N.C. State has 14 regular-season wins over Duke and UNC. The Wolfpack's record in the next ACC game after a win over Duke or UNC is 1-12. That lone win was actually over UNC in 2002-03, which was preceded by a home win over No. 3 Duke.
None of the follow-up losses were to UNC or Duke but five were to Maryland. N.C. State's next opponent? You guessed it, Maryland.
It should be noted, N.C. State has two ACC tournament wins over Duke, in 1997 and 2007, and won the next game each time.
Also, you'll note there's a lot of Pete Gaudet (Duke, 1994-95) and Matt Doherty (UNC, 2000-03) in those 14 regular-season wins (42.8 percent of the wins in only 9.1 percent of the games). On the bright side, eight of the wins were when either school was ranked in the top 10, including four over No. 1-ranked teams.
In all, N.C. State is 8-36 against UNC and 8-35 against Duke since the start of the 1992-93 season. A look at how State has followed up a regular-season win over Duke or UNC since then:
|2012-13||Jan. 12||W, No. 1 Duke, 84-76||@ Maryland, ???|
|2009-10||Jan. 20||W, No. 7 Duke, 88-74||L, @ Maryland, 88-64|
|2006-07||Feb. 3||W, No. 3 UNC, 83-79||L, @ GT, 74-65|
|2003-04||Feb. 15||W, No. 1 Duke, 78-74||L, @ Clemson 60-55|
|2002-03||Jan. 22||W, No. 3 Duke, 80-71||W, UNC, 86-77|
|2002-03||Jan. 26||W, UNC, 86-77||L, @ Maryland, 75-60|
|2002-03||Feb. 25||W, @ UNC, 75-67||L, Maryland, 68-65|
|2001-02||Jan. 23||W, @ UNC, 77-59||L, Wake, 82-81*|
|2001-02||Feb. 24||W, UNC, 98-76||L, @ Wake, 83-71|
|1997-98||Feb. 21||W, @ No. 1 UNC, 86-72||L, Clemson, 77-72|
|1995-96||Feb. 3||W, No. 8 UNC, 78-75||L, Virginia, 84-82|
|1994-95||Jan. 4||W, No. 1 UNC, 80-70||L, Virginia, 76-65|
|1994-95||Jan. 18||W, @ Duke, 77-60||L, Maryland, 84-67|
|1994-95||Feb. 18||W, Duke, 84-79||L, @ Maryland, 84-71|
Note: *beat Temple in a nonconference game after that UNC win.