NC State has actually had pretty good success against Duke in Raleigh recently, or maybe Duke just hates playing in their arena. Duke has lost their last two games at NC State and they also lost their first round NCAA game to Mercer in that building last year. As a student, the best game I ever witnessed as a student there was their upset of Duke in 2010.
This year's matchup with Duke ended well for the Wolfpack. The guards played great and the Pack pulled away from the second ranked Blue Devils in the second half. Bee Jay Anya had this awesome put back dunk late in the second half:
It was a great afternoon to be a Wolfpack fan. So, in celebration of the NC State win I am going to post an NC State card as the #MyCardMonday post this week.
Baseball fans know Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner, but NC State actually had a slew of draft picks in last summer's draft. Brett Austin spent the last several years catching Rodon for the Wolfpack. Austin was a high school All-American and was drafted by the Padres using a sandwich pick back in 2011. He opted to play at NC State instead and was selected last summer by the White Sox in the 4th round. Austin ended up playing in the South Atlantic League for the Kannapolis Intimidators, but was limited to just 42 games.
Austin is a switch hitter and has some good pop from the left-hand batters box, so hopefully he will make good progress in the minors this coming summer. Austin has several very affordable rookie cards including an autograph in the Panini Prizm set. I spent less than $5 on this card. Hopefully Austin is catching for the White Sox sooner than later.