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Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 3/9/19, Prediction & Odds

10 March 2019

Williamson suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain in Duke's first game of the year against North Carolina, and has been listed as day-to-day ever since.

After Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed doubt on Friday that Williamson would be available for the game, the school announced Saturday morning that Williamson will be sidelined for a fifth consecutive game. Brown of The Athletic. "I'd be surprised if he's not ready by the ACC Tournament".

The Jackets called a quick timeout after the Tar Heels opened the second frame with a 4-0 spurt, answering with a 6-0 run fueled by four points from Kondalia Montgomery to reopen a 30-20 lead with 6:00 to play.

Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds along with being a walking highlight reel of jaw-dropping athleticism and high-flying dunks. Goodchild also set a Duke record for three-pointers in a season by a freshman. The spread seems a little too wide and I think the Blue Devils will stay within the number if not win outright.

Duke narrowly hung on for a 71-70 home victory Tuesday night as Wake Forest missed a shot at the buzzer. Zion Williamson, with his size and his skill, has the potential to do that. But he said Williamson was coming off his "first really good workout" and was gaining "confidence in his movements". "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". Beyond Jones, no other Blue Devil scored in double figures.

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

Krzyzewski didn't rule out Williamson returning for Saturday night's regular-season finale at No. 3 North Carolina. With the star freshman on the floor, the Blue Devils' only losses have been to Gonzaga and in overtime to Syracuse, and they were the No. 1 overall seed when the NCAA Tournament released its first reveal a month ago.

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

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

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 3/9/19, Prediction & Odds