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NCAA Basketball       Mike Krzyzewski expects Zion Williamson back for ACC Tournament
       	        By Vincent Frank

NCAA Basketball Mike Krzyzewski expects Zion Williamson back for ACC Tournament By Vincent Frank

Don't expect to see Zion Williamson out on the floor when Duke plays North Carolina Saturday night.

Nassir Little #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a dunk against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half of their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 23, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

After Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed doubt on Friday that Williamson would be available for the game, the school announced Saturday morning that Williamson will be sidelined for a fifth consecutive game.

As for Saturday's showdown with rival North Carolina? Krzyzewski said it was a non-contact workout and noted that Williamson, who is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, was considered doubtful to return against the Tar Heels. The Blue Devils (26-4, 14-3 ACC) have gone 3-1 in those games, beating Syracuse (75-65), Miami (87-57) and Wake Forest (71-70) while losing to Virginia Tech (77-72).

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.

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

Even when Zion Williamson returns to the lineup for Duke, it could be too late. "We got great play off the bench - we had some kids come in and play great minutes for us".

A matchup with Pittsburgh in the opening round of the ACC Women's Tournament was just what Duke needed. "I guess we got all of our bad shots out of the way at shoot-around". Like most teams, this is clearly not one built to win six straight games without its best player.

Paul Pierce and Brian Windhorst discuss whether Zion Williamson will play for Duke in March while recovering from his knee injury. Chanin Scott posted a double-double and was one of three players to finish with double-figure scoring numbers. "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".

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