Duke Basketball: The Duke Blue Devils have been without Zion Williamson–the best college basketball player of this decade–for six games now. During that stretch, their offense has frequently fallen stagnant and the defense lacks the edge and fright it boasted with Williamson on the floor.
The thing that has helped Syracuse over the years in the March Madness tournament is the element of surprise when opponents see the 2-3 zone for the first time. Well not only has Duke seen the 2-3 zone on tape twice,
Coach K has a close relationship with Jim Boeheim and has learned some of the intricacies of the zone even implementing it last season for Duke. On the other side, Syracuse having played Duke and having played them close has to be a HUGE confidence booster for the Orange.
I won’t cop out of the answer, I give the slight advantage to Duke seeing the zone that many times, but it’s close. We now know who the recruit was that was taken to a strip club by GT assistants.
Last night, news broke of recruiting violations that happened at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball program involving former assistants under current head coach Josh Pastner.
One of the allegations released were that the Georgia Tech assistant coaches took a recruit to a strip club and was given $300 cash to use at said strip club.
According to Jeff Goodman, it is former Duke Blue Devils player Wendell Carter Jr and the assistant who took him on the trip was former Georgia Tech guard and NBA player Jarrett Jack.
Act III of North Carolina vs. Duke takes place Friday, and a key piece is back in the equation for the Blue Devils. Zion Williamson, Duke’s star forward, will face the Tar Heels in the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Tournament after missing virtually all of the first two games between the teams.
Just 36 seconds into the first matchup on Feb. 20, Williamson famously blew out a shoe and suffered a mild knee sprain in the process, forcing him out of that contest as well as the next five.
North Carolina beat a Zion-less Duke squad that night and in the regular-season finale. But Williamson returned with an emphatic performance on Thursday, scoring 29 points on 13-of-13 shooting in a victory against Syracuse.