Saturday's game is the 84th meeting with each team ranked in the AP Top 25 - the most in NCAA history - and Duke leads, 42-41 (34-30 under Coach K)...RJ Barrett's 33 points against the Heels in the earlier meeting this season marked the most by a Duke freshman in the rivalry's history...
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.
Off the court, the Tar Heels and Blue Devils look to be mired in a completely different battle, but not one unlike others they've fought in the past. While Williamson has dominated highlights and mock drafts, the 6-foot-7 guard has gone about his business averaging 23.3 points per game this season, as Williamson has been sidelined the past four games due to a knee injury. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils are 3-2 in that stretch.
Miela Goodchild hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help No. 11 seed Duke beat Pittsburgh 86-64 on Wednesday night in the first round of the ACC tournament.
"I don't think I would have been able to forgive myself if, if we lost", White said after the game.
In a narrow win over Wake Forest Tuesday, Duke got its latest and most potent reminder that it's not going anywhere this March without Zion Williamson. "But I would be surprised if he wasn't ready by the ACC tournament".
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Wake Forest vs. Duke: Wake Forest missed a shot as time expired and Duke was able to hold on to a 71-70 win on Senior Night.
"Playing with not a full deck has been very hard", Krzyzewski said.
Williamson also remains the favorite to win National Player of the Year honors, which would make him the first Duke player to do so since JJ Redick in 2006. But he said Williamson was coming off his "first really good workout" and was gaining "confidence in his movements". "For the most part, I thought we competed". You are going to play.' The kid is a victor.
Duke's Zion Williamson, second from right, injured his knee on Feb 20.
"He's so team-oriented", Krzyzewski said.