Duke Basketball: Can Blue Devils Survive Without Marvin Bagley III?


Bagley sat out Sunday's win over Georgia Tech with a sprained right knee, which he suffered in last Thursday's loss at North Carolina. He also sat out the Blue Devils' 80-69 victory on the road against Georgia Tech this past Sunday. A teammate said that Bagley had not practiced with the team as they prepared to host Virginia Tech in Cameron on Wednesday.

Bagley is leading Duke in scoring (21.2 points) and rebounds (11.4) per game. Virginia Tech vs Duke tv channel is on ESPN2.

But in the second half, he went long stretches without taking a shot.

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Lastly, this brings us to the player the Duke needs consistency from, with or without Bagley in the lineup, Trevon Duval. "He played 25 minutes tonight, but his best minutes were early". Forced back into a high-leverage role, Allen seemed to recapture some of his old offensive magic. (15.1), Grayson Allen (14.6), Wendell Carter Jr.

Between Bagley's absence from the court and a two-game losing skid, the Blue Devils had plenty of motivation in that game. Nothing conclusive came out of Durham, N.C., on Monday or Tuesday regarding Bagley's status, but Williams indicated Monday afternoon he expects Bagley to play.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Duval had his best performance in a couple of weeks, but didn't indicate whether the guard's role will change. A trip to Duke is often unique.

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Six players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game for Virginia Tech, they are Justin Robinson (13.8), Justin Bibbs (13.6), Kerry Blackshear Jr. However, it is easily as likely to imagine the team going the other direction, as they continue to struggle with defensive efficiency and rebounding.

These teams meet again February 26 at Virginia Tech in the final week of the regular season.

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The next comes next week, the first two games back from the break, at New Orleans on Friday and home against Memphis on Saturday. The last time these two teams met back on January 9, the Heat managed to win in stunning fashion with a last-second shot.