Zion Williamson on lastly dealing with North Carolina: ‘The rivalry lived as much as what I anticipated it to be’ | NCAA Basketball


Zion Williamson is glad he lastly had the chance to face North Carolina.

The Duke star sprained his knee lower than 40 seconds into his staff’s first matchup with the Tar Heels and missed the second with the damage. However, he returned to the courtroom for the ACC Event and registered a game-high 31 factors within the Blue Devils’ 74-73 victory over North Carolina on Friday within the semifinals.

“It was robust watching the primary two video games,” Williamson instructed reporters following the win. “I watched my brothers on the market battling and I needed I might go to warfare with them, however it was very thrilling to get on the market and play. I imply the rivalry lived as much as what I anticipated it to be.”

Williamson scored 29 factors in opposition to Syracuse in his first sport again from the damage and adopted that up by tipping within the game-winning shot in opposition to the Tar Heels. Fellow freshman RJ Barrett additionally added 15 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists in opposition to North Carolina.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised each gamers whereas speaking with reporters after the sport.

“These two guys are terrific and (I’m) actually amazed at what number of minutes they play,” Krzyzewski mentioned. “RJ the entire season and nonetheless performs on the degree that he does. And Zion coming off of the damage to place two video games like this collectively is, their will to win, these two guys have an incredible will to win and it makes us coaches look quite a bit higher.”

Williamson and Barrett have been two of the most effective gamers in school basketball this season and they’re projected to be chosen with the primary and second choose within the 2019 NBA Draft.

Duke will face Florida State within the ACC Event championship sport Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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