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Zion Williamson Is Doubtful For Saturday Against North Carolina

Zion Williamson Is Doubtful For Saturday Against North Carolina

While they were able to escape the 24.5 point underdog Wake Forest Demon Deacons' upset bid down in Durham, 71-70, sans Zion Williamson, the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils can not escape the proverbial target that is on their backs.

Blue Devils' head coach Mike Krzyzewski said it was unlikely Williamson would be back in time for the final game of the regular season on the road against North Carolina on Saturday.

It remains unknown whether the freshman will be ready for Duke's regular-season finale against North Carolina on Saturday.

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).

Including the first UNC game, Duke, ranked No. 4 nationally, has gone 3-2 without Williamson in the lineup.

The Duke Blue Devils look for another win after winning 13 of their last 15 games.

"He's getting more confidence, and we just have to get him in shape", Krzyzewski said.

I was just telling somebody last night that there's no way I'm taking Duke to make a run in the tournament if Zion isn't suited up and ready to go.

Dwayne Sutton of the Louisville Cardinals drives past De’Andre Hunter
Dwayne Sutton of the Louisville Cardinals drives past De’Andre Hunter

I'm sure the Duke Blue Devils would love to get revenge in this contest, but it's a tough ask when Zion Williamson isn't on the court.

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

"Not assume, we are [getting him back]", he said. Like most teams, this is clearly not one built to win six straight games without its best player.

In the end, none of Wake Forest's misses were bigger than Chaundee Brown's would-be game-winning putback that rolled off the rim as time expired. "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".

Krzyzewski admitted Williamson, projected as the possible No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft in June, would have liked to have played one more game at Cameron.

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

"He's so team-oriented, " Krzyzewski explained.

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