Coach K: Zion Williamson expected back with Duke for ACC tournament

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Williamson suffered the injury in the first minute against North Carolina on February 20, causing him to miss Duke's next three games. Chanin Scott posted a double-double and was one of three players to finish with double-figure scoring numbers.

Virginia could lock up the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament before the Blue Devils and North Carolina even tip off Saturday with a win earlier in the afternoon at home against Louisville, but the game will still carry plenty of postseason implications.

The 18-year-old is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 26 appearances this season. But as to whether that might be possible, Krzyzewski wouldn't say definitively one way or the other. Nike's stock dropped big-time in the immediate aftermath, and Williamson hasn't played since.

In the first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium, UNC shot an abysmally low 10 percent from behind the arc.

"Not assume, we are [getting him back]", he said.

They aren't a team full of scorers, though, and Krzyzewski said he's enthusiastic about his star's impending return and its potential impact on the Duke offense. But unlike the Georgia Tech and Boston College games - in which they fell behind at halftime before pulling away for convincing victories - they could never shake the pesky Demon Deacons.

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Those Duke basketball fans - you know who you are - downplaying the importance of the regular season finale on Saturday at 6 p.m. evidently need a history lesson. Kryzewski added he "would be surprised" if Williamson wasn't prepared for the ACC Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

So the Tar Heels have amassed six legit - well, not so legit when considering players were often enrolled in bogus classes, meaning at least a couple banners should come down - national titles ('57, '82, '93, '05, '09, '17). He spent a timeout receiving treatment from the team's medical staff, limped onto the court to hit two free throws and then hobbled back to the bench and eventually the locker room.

Williamson, the Duke coach said, is "doubtful", letting North Carolina dangle for another 22 hours.

"He's so team-oriented, " Krzyzewski explained. "He would like to play Saturday, too, if he's ready".

Krzyzewski, inadvertently or deliberately, has once again left North Carolina preparing for two different Dukes on Saturday.

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