Zion to miss another game for No. 4 Blue Devils It will be the fourth consecutive missed game for Williamson, who leads the fourth-ranked Blue Devils in rebounding, blocks and steals and is their second-leading scorer. Without Zion in the starting lineup, No.4 Duke (25-4) has beat Syracuse (19-11) , Miami (12-16) but lost to No.15 Virginia Tech (22-6).
The Hall of Fame coach expressed optimism that he could be ready for next week's ACC tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke (26-4, 14-3 ACC) is 3-2 in the nearly five full games without Williamson.
UNC coach Roy Williams said the Tar Heels (25-5, 15-2) wouldn't focus on whether Williamson would be ready. "We're still preparing like Zion's going to play,'' .
Duke rules Zion out against North Carolina Despite what coach Mike Krzyzewski termed "a really good workout" by the freshman on Thursday, Williamson will miss his fifth full game as he continues to recover from a sprained right knee, which he suffered Feb. 20 in the opening minute of Duke's loss to the Tar Heels.