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March 15, 2019
Duke freshman star Zion Williamson returns for the Blue Devils’ quarterfinal matchup with Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Williamson had missed nearly six full games with a knee sprain. The Associated Press league player and newcomer of the year got the start for the Syracuse game.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman star Zion Williamson is back for the fifth-ranked Blue Devils’ quarterfinal matchup with Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Williamson got the start after missing nearly six full games with a knee sprain suffered in the opening minute of last month’s loss to rival North Carolina, drawing a huge roar from Duke fans in the Spectrum Center crowd. The Blue Devils had been 3-3 with the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson out.

Williamson — The Associated Press player and newcomer of the year in the ACC — is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski had been publicly optimistic Williamson would return this week. He said Williamson performed well in non-contact practice work and his status would depend on how he responded to contact work this week.

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