Coach K: Zion Williamson expected back with Duke for ACC tournament

Duke star Zion Williamson will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against No. 3 North Carolina, the school announced.

Duke's depth struggles have been a trend in the five games since Williamson went down, two of them losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs.

Despite what coach Mike Krzyzewski termed "a really good workout" by the freshman on Thursday, Williamson will miss his fifth full game as he continues to recover from a sprained right knee, which he suffered February 20 in the opening minute of Duke's loss to the Tar Heels.

Barrett still has one regular season content, ACC Tournament play, and the NCAA Tournament to add to his freshman scoring record. Now a 4-star prospect and ranked No. 32 according to the 247Sports Composite, he's the No. 3 point guard in the 2021 class, and the top player in the state of North Carolina. If the Blue Devils lose Tre Jones to the NBA Draft, would they pick things up with R.J. Hampton and attempt to reclassify, thus leading to a similar strategy with Hayes?

"I don't think I would have been able to forgive myself if, if we lost", White said after the game.

Krzyzewski downplayed more specifics, but Tuesday was his most emphatic assurance that Williamson would, in fact, return to the Duke lineup. "We got great play off the bench - we had some kids come in and play great minutes for us".

"He's getting more confidence", Krzyzewski said.

He's the most dominating player in America, and he changes the whole landscape of the game whenever he's playing. If the Cavaliers defeat the Cardinals, the victor of Duke/UNC finishes runners-up in the ACC regular season and earns the second seed in the conference tournament.

Duke's Zion Williamson, second from right, injured his knee on Feb 20.

Danielle Garvin led the Panthers (11-20) with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

"Zion actually did some basketball stuff this afternoon", Krzyzewski said after the Wake Forest game, according to GoDuke.

  • Stacy Allen