Zion Williamson's injury and shoe implosion a little more than two weeks ago sparked controversy and debate across the college basketball landscape.

The biggest question: Would the Blue Devils' star freshman play another game in college.

Although the answer is still almost certainly yes, his return won't happen this weekend.

Williamson will not play Saturday night when No. 4 Duke visits third-ranked North Carolina at the Dean E. Smith Center, per a team announcement Saturday morning. The Spartanburg, S.C., native left just 34 seconds into the Blue Devils' rivalry matchup with the Tar Heels after suffering what was later termed a Grade 1 right knee sprain, and Williamson sat out Duke's last four games.

After Tuesday's win against Wake Forest, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he would be surprised if Williamson played against North Carolina, but also added that he expected his team's young superstar to be back for next week's ACC tournament in Charlotte. 

Friday, Coach K didn't have much of a new update—he said it was "doubtful" that Williamson would return Saturday, but did not want to make a final decision until after the team's shootaround earlier in the day before the Blue Devils head to Chapel Hill.

"He had his first really good workout, but not contact," Krzyzewski said Friday. "He’ll have no contact today. I would say he’s doubtful for tomorrow, but we’ll see tomorrow. The way he’s going, he won’t be doubtful for the tournament.”

R.J. Barrett picked up the slack with his classmate out, scoring 131 points over the course of the five games and bumping his season average up to 23.3, surpassing Williamson's 21.6. But Williamson does remain the team leader in rebounds per game with 8.8 and has the second-most blocks with 48, trailing just junior Marques Bolden and his 55.

Williamson also remains the favorite to win National Player of the Year honors, which would make him the first Duke player to do so since JJ Redick in 2006.