Zion Williamson won’t play for Duke against UNC

Mar 10, 2019, 00:58
Zion Williamson won’t play for Duke against UNC

Without having to face Williamson, North Carolina would be a long way toward its first regular-season sweep of Duke since 2009.

Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of an 88-72 loss to North Carolina on February 20.

The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. Williamson's status for Saturday's contest remains up in the air. After the teams shoot-around at Duke Saturday morning, the decision was announced that he will miss the regular-season finale. While Williamson has dominated highlights and mock drafts, the 6-foot-7 guard has gone about his business averaging 23.3 points per game this season, as Williamson has been sidelined the past four games due to a knee injury.

Dwayne Sutton of the Louisville Cardinals drives past De’Andre Hunter
Dwayne Sutton of the Louisville Cardinals drives past De’Andre Hunter

Krzyzewski told reporters following Duke's 71-70 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night that Williamson "did some basketball stuff" earlier in the day, but he doesn't want to "push" the freshman's return.

While Williamson may be day-to-day due to his knee, don't expect the favored Blue Devils to miss a beat, as they will only continue to gain more traction as the trendy pick once tournament play begins.

The biggest issue for Duke on the court when Williamson went down was trying to contain Luke Maye. "I guess we got all of our bad shots out of the way at shoot-around".

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During his freshman campaign in Durham, the 18-year-old has established himself as a top NBA prospect alongside fellow freshman Zion Williamson, who has captivated the basketball world with his combination of size and otherworldly athleticism.

"Playing with not a full deck has been very hard", Krzyzewski said.

"He's getting more confidence, and we just have to get him in shape", Krzyzewski said. "But I would be surprised if he wasn't ready by the ACC tournament". The Tar Heels are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. "You can't put together a well-oiled machine here in a couple practices to play in this conference at a level when you lose a kid like that".

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"We're not as good as we are with him-that's the first thing", Krzyzewski explained.

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