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Report: Lorenzo Brown very doubtful for game at Duke

Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood

North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown (2) and Scott Wood, right, are congratulated by N.C. State fans after the Wolfpack won an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. N.C. State won 91-83. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)


That’s at least according to a report this afternoon from Gary Parrish of

North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown will miss Thursday night’s game at Duke barring “a miracle,” a source told on Thursday afternoon.

That’s simply disastrous news for the Wolfpack, who will now be forced to try and avoid falling to 5-5 -- and five games behind Miami in the ACC title race -- without their starting point guard and with a freshman, Tyler Lewis, making just the second start of his career.

At Cameron Indoor Stadium.

That’s not easy.

Brown injured the ankle in the first half of a game at Virginia. NC State eventually lost, 58-55. He also missed Saturday’s thriller against Miami, which NC State lost 79-78. That means the Wolfpack lost any chance of winning the ACC title with two losses to teams in the top three of the league by a combined four points.

It makes you wonder how much Brown, whose last healthy game was a 20-point, 11-assist performance against North Carolina, would have been worth.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.