North Carolina vs. Duke - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow Visit Duke Locker Room After Blue Devils Beat Wake Forest

Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow Visit Duke Locker Room After Blue Devils Beat Wake Forest

Williamson was hurt seconds into Duke's first game against North Carolina, a blowout home loss, and the Blue Devils have struggled on both sides of the court at times without him. Williamson has been dealing with a sprained knee, which he initially suffered within the first 40 seconds of the Blue Devils' first matchup against the Tar Heels on February 20. The senior went for 30 points and 15 rebounds and had an answer for everything the Blue Devils tried to throw at him. Williamson's status for Saturday's contest remains up in the air. "I don't think he'll be ready for [the game vs North Carolina]...but I would be surprised if he wasn't ready by the ACC tournament".

FreshmanRJ Barrett, who broke Duke's single-season freshman scoring record with 698 points, is 23 points shy of tying the ACC freshman scoring record held by Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (721 points in 1989-90).

On a positive note, Krzyzewski said Williamson could return to action during the ACC tournament, which begins next week in Charlotte. The Blue Devils got back into the game when the Demon Deacons missed 11 of their next 12 shots, many of them good looks.

Zion Williamson's injury and shoe implosion a little more than two weeks ago sparked controversy and debate across the college basketball landscape. Williamson is unlikely to play today, but I expect Duke to be better prepared in his absence.

Duke is now projected as a No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament, and Krzyzewski said he's not concerned about how recent struggles without Williamson might affect seeding. "For the most part, I thought we competed".

"Playing with not a full deck has been very hard", Krzyzewski said. UNC worked its way back, staging a 13-3 run over the next 2:50 of play to knot the game at 33-33.

"Zion actually did some basketball stuff this afternoon", Krzyzewski said after the Wake Forest game, according to GoDuke. And that would force the Tar Heels to find other options to score points that it didn't have to count on last time.

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