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Zion Williamson out for Duke men's basketball's matchup at Syracuse Saturday night


Zion Williamson will not play Saturday night after suffering a right knee sprain earlier this week vs. North Carolina.

For the first time all season, Zion Williamson will miss a complete game.

Williamson, the Blue Devils' star freshman, will not play in tonight's matchup at Syracuse after suffering a Grade 1 right knee sprain during Wednesday's game vs. North Carolina. The freshman remains listed as "day-to-day" after going down in the first minute of the Tobacco Road rivalry, leaving No. 1 Duke shorthanded as it fell to the eighth-ranked Tar Heels 88-72.

Williamson also missed the second half of Duke's 80-78 victory at Florida State back in January after he was poked in the eye, but the Spartanburg, S.C., native returned the following game. For the year, Williamson ranks second in the ACC in scoring at 21.6 points per game and leads the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 68.3 percent.

The Blue Devils and Orange tip off at the Carrier Dome at 6 p.m.