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Marvin Bagley’s status uncertain for Duke’s game against Virginia Tech

Duke forward Marvin Bagley III watches as his teammates warm up before the Blue Devils’ game at Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Duke forward Marvin Bagley III watches as his teammates warm up before the Blue Devils’ game at Georgia Tech on Sunday. AP

Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel III said Monday that he did not have an update yet on freshman forward Marvin Bagley III’s status for Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech.

Bagley missed Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech with a mild right knee sprain he suffered on Feb. 8 in the Blue Devils’ 82-78 loss at North Carolina.

Despite the injury Bagley played 39 minutes against the Tar Heels, finishing with 15 points, 16 rebounds and four assists.

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, a 78-61 win over Southern.

Bagley also injured his shoulder against Miami on Jan. 15. He left the game briefly, but eventually returned in Duke’s 83-75 win.

Bagley has been Duke’s best player this season. He leads the ACC in scoring (21.2) and rebounding (11.4).

On Sunday at Georgia Tech, Bagley looked fine walking around before the game. He dribbled a basketball and joked with his teammates prior to tip. He also bumped fists and talked with a couple of fans, and indicated he was alright.

Duke started 6-11, 246-pound sophomore center Marques Bolden, in place of Bagley. Bolden, who is coming off a knee injury played well early on. He finished with 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.

“Marques (Bolden) can’t play extended minutes,” Krzyzewski said Sunday. “One, he’s just a big guy. Two, he was out for five weeks and he’s still not in game condition. He played 25 minutes tonight, but his best minutes were early.”

Bolden would likely start again if Bagley can’t go. A teammate said that Bagley had not practiced with the team as they prepared to host Virginia Tech in Cameron on Wednesday.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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