Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will miss Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech with a mild knee sprain he suffered Thursday against North Carolina.
Despite the injury Bagley played 39 minutes on Thursday. He finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in a 82-78 loss.
But in the second half, he went long stretches without taking a shot.
Bagley has given Duke a few scares throughout the season. He missed the last 30 minutes of Duke’s game against then-No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 14 after he was poked in the eye by a teammate. Duke won that game 88-81 after a career-high 37-point performance from Duke senior guard Grayson Allen. Bagley returned the following game.
He also injured his shoulder against Miami on Jan. 15. He left the game briefly, but eventually returned. Duke won 83-75.
Bagley has been Duke’s best player this season. He leads the ACC in scoring (21.2) and rebounding (11.4).
Duke has used the same starting lineup of Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr., Allen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Bagley, the entire season.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a number of options to replace Bagley. Duke sophomore center Marques Bolden, who had previously missed seven games with a MCL sprain, has played well recently off the bench. He scored 8 points against UNC. Sophomore forward Jack White has also played well, and has been the first reserve off the bench in the past two games.
And sophomore forward Javin DeLaurier is also one of Duke’s key reserves.
No 9. Duke (19-5, 7-4 ACC) faces the Yellow Jackets at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Duke at Georgia Tech
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta