Zion Williamson can, and will play after all. There was some talk about whether or not he would risk playing any more college ball, opting rather to avoid any future injuries and just focus on the NBA draft, but that will not come to fruition. He was out about a month after that knee injury he suffered vs. North Carolina. He made his comeback debut and did not disappoint, going 13-13 from the field, which tied the ACC record for the most makes without a miss. It was as if he was never gone.
He finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 steals against the Orangemen. Despite missing the past month, he still won ACC player of the year. Most importantly for Duke, they beat Syracuse 84-72. Next up- North Carolina- again, for the third time in about a month. There is no way North Carolina will beat Duke three times in a season, especially now that Williamson is back. Duke has a 61.5% chance of winning according to ESPN, and are a 3.5 point favorite even though they will be without their junior Forward Bolden, who suffered a sprained knee the last time these two teams met.
The Blue Devils certainly have had some bad luck with injuries this year when playing the Tar Heels. Bolden will miss the rest of the ACC Tournament, but should be back for the NCAA Tournament next week. The winner of this game- Duke, will play the winner of Virginia-Florida State (Virginia), for the ACC championship, and after that, the big Selection Sunday will take place and it will be time to start filling in those office brackets. My prediction is Duke wins the ACC, but Virginia wins the NCAA.