Duke's Bagley to miss Ga. Tech game with mild knee sprain

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won’t be able to rely on star forward Marvin Bagley III against Georgia Tech on Sunday. More

But the season is a failure for Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski without a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

"As a precautionary measure, Marvin Bagley III will not play tonight at Georgia Tech with a mild knee sprain".

The Blue Devils lead the series 71-23 and have a 10-game winning streak in this head-to-head battle - the longest active streak against ACC opponents.

Duke's three players from the Atlanta area-Carter, O'Connell and freshman Jordan Goldwire-all saw time in front of a crowd that was about half Duke fans, and they had a lot to cheer about for most of the night.

All Allen needed to break out of his recent slump was Bagley on the sideline. Russell also needs one point to reach 1,500. I'll take a shot with the points.

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But he showed his versatility and ability to lead.

The Blue Devils led 53-27 after a pair of free throws by Allen at the 16:06 mark of the second half. The injury was sustained in the first half on Thursday at North Carolina. He dished out 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to cap a solid all-around performance. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 89.1 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Carter and Bolden made sure to show that. However, despite losing starting point guard Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8 ACC) cut the deficit to 12 with 7:05 to go in the game, drew within 10 on two different occasions and cut it to single digits in the final minute. Tech is putting up just 65.6 points per game this season while allowing 65.8 per contest.

The potential No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft is averaging more than 21 points and 11 rebounds a game. But he was more aggressive as a starter, scoring the first basket of the game with a jump hook. "That was a big response, because you get it down to 12 and the world can look like it's falling apart and we got a great response from a kid that didn't start for the first time and got the confidence from a veteran to get the ball". The Duke Blue Devils have split their last eight road games.

Allen hit a runner in the paint and then a 3-pointer as Duke scored the first 9 points of the game.

Georgia Tech travels to Wake Forest on Wednesday.

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