Zion Williamson sits again as Duke survives major upset scare

De’Andre Hunter and top-seeded Virginia opens the ACC tournament on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals

De’Andre Hunter and top-seeded Virginia opens the ACC tournament on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is not certain freshman forward Zion Williamson will be ready to play in Saturday's game against rival North Carolina. The fact that Antonio Vrankovic received a spot in the starting lineup for senior night over junior Marques Bolden didn't help matters much, and the Blue Devils' above average defensive stance was somewhat wasted by Duke's inability to corral boards after missed shots by Wake Forest.

Wake Forest's Brandon Childress drove for a layup with seven seconds left leaving Duke up 71-70. Wake Forest sent double-teams his way to limit his opportunities, but he took every chance he got to attack the basket in 1-on-1 situations.

Duke's injury list grew beyond Williamson on Tuesday night during the Wake Forest game. He sustained the knee injury just over 30 seconds into the game when he lost possession of the ball and slipped, causing him to rip through his shoe.

Freshman point guard Tre Jones also limped to the locker room in the second half after bumping his right knee.

The Demon Deacons scored the game's next 10 points in style, with Childress hitting a jumper while falling down before driving through the lane to score in transition.

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Wake Forest and Duke are now tied at 26 with just under seven minutes left to play in the first half. Play SI's Realtime Brackets game.

Reddish went scoreless while being whistled for three fouls - all charging calls. A lot of Duke's offensive struggles in the first half were in part due to Reddish's ineffectiveness both from deep and in the paint.

That left Barrett as Duke's lone scoring threat.

No other Duke player had more than the eight points White tallied. But he said it's more likely Williamson will return for Duke's first ACC tournament game on March 14.

The Florida State Seminoles moved up four sports to No. 14, and the Virginia Tech Hokies moved up five sports to No. 15, while the Louisville Cardinals received 12 votes to be included in the Top-25.

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