Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Sports Betting: Duke Blue Devils 6-1 Favorites To Win National Title

Sports Betting: Duke Blue Devils 6-1 Favorites To Win National Title

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.

Individual players hardly ever outshine the hype that surrounds the UNC-Duke rivalry game around the country.

"But at the same time I'm just trying to get better so I guess we can peak at the right time as a team".

While Williamson may be day-to-day due to his knee, don't expect the favored Blue Devils to miss a beat, as they will only continue to gain more traction as the trendy pick once tournament play begins.

So No. 4 Duke will face No. 3 UNC Saturday night at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill with the 6-7, 285-pound freshman forward's status still very much in doubt, although Krzyzewski reiterated he expected Williamson to play in next week's ACC tournament regardless.

"He had his first really good workout yesterday", Krzyzewski said, "but not contact, and looked really good".

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Duke also lost to Virginia Tech on the road and put up its worst performance of the season at home in barely beating an 11-18 Wake Forest team that was a 26.5-point underdog. "I have to be careful not to push this, but I would be surprised if he wasn't ready by the ACC tournament".

It seems highly probable that Barrett won't be around Duke long enough to set an all-time school scoring records, projected by many to be a consensus Top 3 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, no matter how the draft order shakes out.

Duke's injury list grew beyond Williamson on Tuesday night during the Wake Forest game.

Williamson was injured in the first minute of the last UNC-Duke game, on February 20, when he made a move toward the basket, split his shoe and tweaked his knee.

He didn't return to that game and missed Duke's next four games. And that would force the Tar Heels to find other options to score points that it didn't have to count on last time.

"For as heated as their rivalry is on the court, Duke and North Carolina rarely go head-to-head against each other for an in-state prospect", Evans said. "He bumped knees real hard". We had to limit her minutes in the first half and she wasn't herself when she came back. He said, 'I'm ready.' And I said. You are going to play.' The kid is a victor.

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