Despite the injury-related absence of Zion Williamson, Saturday’s tilt between Duke and North Carolina was must-see television for any college basketball fan. After all, the rivalry is the best in the sport in the eyes of many and, given the impressive level of performance from both teams this season, this season’s final battle felt like a big game in every way.
Unfortunately, the early part of the first half was marred by another injury, as Duke junior big man Marques Bolden went down with an apparent left knee injury.
Bolden had to be helped to the locker room and, in appropriate fashion, the assembled crowd in Chapel Hill recognized the event with respect.
The 6’11 big man from Desoto, Texas is enjoying the best season of his college career, averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the Blue Devils. While Bolden isn’t at the top of the list when it comes to contributors for what is arguably the most talented team in the country, he has played a significant role during his third college campaign, something that was especially the case with Williamson sidelined.
More information will come to light in the future but all indications are that Bolden may not be able to return against the Tar Heels and Duke fans will hold their breath as the ailment is diagnosed.