Zion Williamson Is Doubtful For Saturday Against North Carolina

Posted March 10, 2019

Williamson has missed four starts due to the injury, but coach Mike Krzyzewski had some positive news for Duke fans on Friday. I didn't know if he would come back. But it's not an ACL. "But it's not an ACL, so it's good for that kid". The question is how soon he might be back, with Krzyzewski expressing optimism that he could be back for next week's ACC Tournament in Charlotte.

Duke Blue Devils superstar forward Zion Williamson is not expected to return for Saturday's road game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Zion Williamson, #1 of the Duke Blue Devils, watches his team during the second half of their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5 in Durham, North Carolina.

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Retiring Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat behind the scorer's table, and a video played on the scoreboard during a timeout featured Krzyzewski thanking the 13-time All-Star for helping the USA national team win gold medals in 2004 and '08. Hopefully, we'll get a couple good days of practice where he can play five-on-five and see how that goes.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Canadian, who hopefully woke up on the right side of his bed today, could just go ahead and break the program record for points in a game (58, set by Danny Ferry at Miami on December 10, 1988), breaking hearts inside the Dean Dome in the process. He suffered a grade one (mild) sprain and hasn't been in uniform for Duke's final five regular-season games.

But even in victory, the Blue Devils haven't looked more disheveled than they did in Tuesday's 71-70 victory over Wake Forest. Duke quickly responded with a layup from first-year guard Tre Jones and a jumper by RJ Barrett, who scored 33 points the last time the two teams played on February 20, to tie the game at 8-8 early in the first half. The Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) will be the No. 3 seed.

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Of Tre Jones' 27 primary defensive assignments this season, the National Defensive Player of the Year finalist has held 20 below their season average for field goal percentage, and 18 below their season average for points.

"He's getting more confidence", Krzyzewski said. "It depends on Zion, his shape, but I think they'll respond real quick".

Duke enters the postseason having lost only one game - an 89-87 setback to Gonzaga on November 21 in Maui - when it had all its starters available.

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Duke forward Zion Williamson's knee sprain caused him to miss his fourth straight contest - and likely the final home game of his the Blue Devils career - against Wake Forest on Tuesday.