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Duke's Williamson ruled out vs Syracuse with knee sprain

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Saturday, February 23 2019 Feb 23, 2019 February 23, 2019 10:03 AM February 23, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won't play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge disclosed Williamson's status on Saturday, about 7 hours before the top-ranked Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Syracuse (18-8, 9-4).

The 280-pound Williamson sprained his knee in the opening minute of Duke's loss to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday night. He was injured when he planted his foot while dribbling and his shoe tore apart.

The top contender for national player of the year honors ranks second in the league in scoring at 21.6 points per game. Williamson also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding, shooting percentage and steals.

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