Duke basketball will get another look at Jon Scheyer in the driver’s seat.
According to a tweet from the Duke basketball program on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Mike Krzyzewski will miss the 7 p.m. ET road bout against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-3, 3-2 ACC) due to a virus reportedly unrelated to COVID. And Jon Scheyer will temporarily call the shots for the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils (12-2, 2-1 ACC).
The 34-year-old, who’s on tap to assume the Blue Devil throne after Coach K’s pre-announced retirement in the spring, will try to get Duke back on track following Saturday night’s 76-74 home loss at the hands of the unranked Miami Hurricanes.
Jon Scheyer’s previous experience as Duke basketball acting head coach
Last season, the Blue Devils faced a similar predicament when Mike Krzyzewski had to sit out the home game against the Boston College Eagles in early January after contact with a family member who tested positive for COVID-19.
In that battle, which serves as Jon Scheyer’s only experience to date as an acting head coach at any level, Duke was without the services of two players: Jalen Johnson and Patrick Tape. Nevertheless, under Scheyer’s command, those Blue Devils rallied back from a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat Boston College, 83-82.
This time, the roster appears fully healthy outside of the unspecified illness Coach K is dealing with at the moment. Still, against a hungry group of Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., Scheyer must again show his ability to muster confidence and cohesion among the players if he’s to escape with his undefeated record intact as an acting head coach.
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