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NC State Basketball: 3 keys in their Final Four matchup against Purdue

The NC State Wolfpack have been this year's Cinderella squad out of the ACC as they've reeled off nine-straight victories to get to the Final Four. Take a look at the 3 keys to victory against the Purdue Boilermakers.
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Feed the DJs!

DJ Burns and DJ Horne have been impressive for the NC State Wolfpack in leading their charge to the Final Four. Horne is producing 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game on 37 percent shooting from deep in the NCAA Tournament, including 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists against the Duke Blue Devils in their Elite Eight victory.

He's continued to lead their backcourt and found ways to be effective even when his 3-point shot isn't falling. He'll look to put pressure on the Purdue Boilermakers backcourt as the Wolfpack look to continue their impressive run into the National Championship game.

Burns has gotten better as games have progressed and the field gets smaller, producing 18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on 67.4 percent shooting from the field. He notched 29 points on 13-of-19 shooting against highly-rated Duke and Kyle Filipowski as the underdog. There's a much bigger order on the menu in matching up with Zach Edey in the Final Four, but Burns should be up for it as the Wolfpack's depth and ability to rely on the post should test the Boilermakers' fortitude.