GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Ticker) -- No. 12 Duke can earn its unprecedented fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament crown when it faces North Carolina State on Sunday.
Duke (23-6) extended its record to 14 straight ACC tournament wins with a 75-63 victory over North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals. Daniel Ewing continued to build a case for tournament MVP honors with 13 of his 19 points in a decisive first half. Ewing scored 32 points against Virginia in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Blue Devils shot a sizzling 61 percent (20-of-33) in the first half Saturday and made 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. Freshman Shelden Williams scored 11 points and Dahntay Jones added 10.
Duke and North Carolina State (18-11) met in last year's final with the Blue Devils cruising to a 91-61 rout. The Wolfpack have not won a title since 1983.
"We're excited to be playing in the championship game again," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We're playing against a really hungry and determined team."
Julius Hodge scored a career-high 31 points as NC State advanced with an 87-83 victory over top-seeded Wake Forest. Hodge made 11-of-12 at the foul line as the Wolfpack shot 83 percent.
Marcus Melvin chipped in with 23 points and Josh Powell finished with 16 for NC State, which bolstered its case for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Hodge and Melvin each hit 4-of-7 shots from behind the arc as the Wolfpack improved to 5-8 away from home.
"It's important that our primary focus has been the ACC tournament," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said. "We certainly want to participate in the NCAA Tournament. But right now, this present moment is a wonder opportunity in and of itself. We've really tried not to look in the rearview mirror and we've tried not to look ahead."
Duke and NC State split a pair of meetings this season, although the Blue Devils have won 19 of the last 21 meetings.
The last time the Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament was the 1997 quarterfinals. NC State lost to North Carolina in the final that year.