WASHINGTON—With their season on the line, the Blue Devils had to go without their most prolific 3-point shooter.
Now, it's a question of when he'll be back on the floor.
Freshman Cam Reddish did not play and was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore guard Alex O'Connell, as the top-seeded Blue Devils held off No. 4 seed Virginia Tech Friday night in Washington D.C. in a Sweet 16 matchup. After the win, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski updated the status of the Norristown, Pa., native, who has now played in all but two games this season.
"We didn't know until right before the game that he was not going to be able to play," Krzyzewski said. "He went out, just had something wrong with his knee. He was limping, but we didn't find out until right before the game."
Reddish was not on the court for the first part of warmups, but was in uniform and sat on the Blue Devil bench near Duke's assistant coaches the entire night.
With the freshman sidelined, O'Connell played 36 minutes, scoring four points on just 2-of-6 shooting from the field. Jordan Goldwire, another sophomore who has been a defensive sparkplug, saw only three minutes of action after being utilized heavily during the tournament's opening weekend.
Reddish's status for Sunday's Elite Eight matchup against second-seeded Michigan State remains up in the air.
Check back for updates to this developing story.
A junior from just outside Philadelphia, Mitchell is probably reminding you how the Eagles won the Super Bowl this year and that the Phillies are definitely on the rebound. Outside of The Chronicle, he majors in Economics, minors in Statistics and is working toward the PJMS certificate, in addition to playing trombone in the Duke University Marching Band. And if you're getting him a sandwich with beef and cheese outside the state of Pennsylvania, you best not call it a "Philly cheesesteak."