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Miami (FL) vs. North Carolina State: Battle for ACC Supremacy?

Liz Condo USA TODAY Sports

On this upcoming Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes will play the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Currently, Miami ranks first in the ACC with a perfect 7-0 record, while N.C. State ranks fourth in the ACC with a 5-3 record.

This game will feature several nice match-ups: Shane Larkin vs. Lorenzo Brown, Durand Scott vs. Rodney Purvis, Kenny Kadji vs. C.J. Leslie, and Reggie Johnson vs. Richard Howell. The X-factors will be the bench players for each team. Miami has Julian Gamble, who is a good  rebounder and shot blocker. N.C. State has T.J. Warren, whose versatility poses a huge threat to any opponent. Warren scores, rebounds, blocks shots, and runs the floor well.

Although N.C. State averages 78.6 points per game and Miami averages 69 points per game, I expect to see a high scoring game. Both teams have several players who have the potential to have 20-point games any given night. In addition, both teams love to run the floor. Whoever wins Saturday’s game will have bragging rights and an edge over the losing team. Saturday’s game will be the only time that Miami and N.C. State will face each other during the regular season schedule. Due to how this current season has started, the 2013 ACC Tournament is sizing up to be just as good as last year’s tournament.

I think that N.C. State will deal Miami their first loss of the season. N.C. State plays exceptionally well at home. Last Saturday, the nation witnessed how good N.C. State can be when playing at home. This weekend, N.C. State will have to rise to the occasion if they want to be viewed as serious contender for the national title. Right now, Miami is looking like the best team in the ACC after their huge win over the Duke Blue Devils a little over a week ago.