Coach K: Zion Williamson Expected Back for ACC Tournament

Sherman Parsons
March 10, 2019

North Carolina has already made far more triples than it did in its subpar 2-for-20 performance at Cameron, with Kenny Williams knocking down a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the Tar Heels close in the middle of the half.

Reddish scored 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 47 percent over the first 20 minutes. Williamson is unlikely to play today, but I expect Duke to be better prepared in his absence.

After Duke got the lead down to four points at the 9:12 mark, UNC responded with an 11-0 run in less than three minutes to take a 75-60 lead, its largest advantage of the night. Chanin Scott posted a double-double and was one of three players to finish with double-figure scoring numbers. 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.

It now looks like Zion is primed to miss his fifth game in a row after getting hurt against UNC a couple weeks ago.

The last time they faced each other, the UNC rocked the Blue Devils. Childress missed a 3-pointer with about two seconds left and the rebound went to Brown, whose short jumper spun around the back of the iron before falling out at the horn.

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His 21 points - 14 of which came after the intermission - came on 8-of-18 shooting, and he was 4-for-10 from beyond the arc.

The Cornhuskers (15-15, 5-14) have lost four in a row and 11 of 13 in what might be Tim Miles ' final season as their coach. Duke (three) joins North Carolina (two), LSU (two) and Tennessee (two) as the only teams with multiple top five wins this season.

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 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.

UNC went scoreless for almost six minutes as Duke scored 10 points in a row. It's disrespectful. ... I don't think they are anxious about if Zion plays or not. Gonzaga is the only player ranked higher than the ACC trio.

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