March 8, 1968:
NC State plays No. 10 Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals in one of the most bizarre games in college basketball history. The smaller Wolfpack tries to pull the Blue Devils away from the basket, looking to exploit its quickness. Norm Sloan orders the Wolfpack to hold the ball at midcourt and the slowdown unfolds. Duke led at the half 4-2, then in the second half, the Wolfpack then holds the ball for more than 13 minutes without any movement from the Blue Devils defense. The slowdown tactic works as NC State prevails 12-10.
The Wolfpack was primarily responsible for slowing the pace and scored only one basket in the first half, trailing Duke 4-2 at halftime. NC State guard, Eddie Biedenbach led all scorers with four points.
"State held the ball to force Duke out of their zone defense. Bubas, who played at State and was an assistant coach for Case and I think a teammate of Sloan, refused to play man-to-man defense and Sloan refused to play against a zone. As I recall, most of the game involved #30(I can’t remember his name) holding the ball on his hip near the mid-court line. Duke would not even come out and force the ref to start a 5 second count. Biedenbach would occasionly dribble around, but we mostly held the ball waiting for Duke to come out of the zone."