Thursday, March 14 at 9:00 PM ET
Spectrum Center, North Carolina
Duke star forward Zion Williamson will return for the team's ACC Tournament quarterfinals game against Syracuse tonight.
Williamson hasn't suffering a Grade 1 knee sprain just over 30 seconds into Duke's 88-72 home loss against North Carolina on February 20. Duke was just 3-3 without Williamson and they're coming off another setback against the Tar Heels, 79-70 on the road last Saturday. Marques Bolden went down to his own knee injury in that contest and he will not play tonight.
Duke Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Syracuse
*Notates expected starter
C: Javin DeLaurier*
PF: Zion Williamson*, Antonio Vrankovic
SF: Cam Reddish*, Jack White
SG: RJ Barrett*, Alex O’Connell
PG: Tre Jones*, Jordan Goldwire
Without center Marques Bolden in the ACC Tournament, Duke's leader with 55 blocked shots, Javin DeLaurier and Antonio Vrankovic will be their healthy big men for the next few days. Williamson's return also gives them boost in the paint, as he’s averaging 8.8 rebounds and he's second on the team with 48 blocks.
Zion Williamson is averaging 21.6 points on 68.3 percent shooting in 28.2 minutes over 26 games. Duke and Syracuse split their two regular season meetings but Tyus Battle, Syracuse's leading scorer will miss tonight's game with a bruised back so I'm seriously looking at backing Duke -11.5 as an NCAA Basketball at Jazz Sports here.
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