Williamson has missed four starts due to the injury, but coach Mike Krzyzewski had some positive news for Duke fans on Friday. The Duke Blue Devils star - who is expected to go first overall in the National Basketball Association draft - broke through his shoe just 30 seconds into their matchup on February 20th.
Krzyzewski said Monday Williamson entered the fourth phase of the four-step rehabilitation program he needs to complete before returning to play.
Krzyzewski had previously said he expects Williamson to return for the ACC tourney, so it looks like the recovery process is going as planned. North Carolina shot 32-of-76 from the floor, 7-of-22 from 3-point range plus 8-of-13 at the free throw line.
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I was just telling somebody last night that there's no way I'm taking Duke to make a run in the tournament if Zion isn't suited up and ready to go.
"When they got the last shot, we were just wishing for it to fall out", Jones said.
"He's so team-oriented, " Krzyzewski explained.
Dwayne Sutton of the Louisville Cardinals drives past De’Andre Hunter
Duke's Zion Williamson, second from right, watches from the bench during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Zion Williamson, who hasn't played since a sneaker blowout, won't suit up for Duke against North Carolina tonight.
Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and he pulled Wake Forest (11-18, 4-13) within 69-68 by hitting two free throws with 43.9 seconds left.
The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get as close as 75-70 on RJ Barrett's 3-pointer with 2:19 left. The spread seems a little too wide and I think the Blue Devils will stay within the number if not win outright.
"He's getting more confidence", Krzyzewski said. Yes, it's hard to turn down free points with a team as talented as Duke, but this is a bad matchup as long as Zion isn't playing.
"It's not the greatest feeling losing to them", Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones said.
High-Ranking SuccessDuke has played 10 games to date versus AP Top 25 teams. Duke will play in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 14 at 9 p.m. ET.