Duke basketball with serious injury concerns entering Round of 32

Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball program has some injury issues entering the Round of 32. 

Everything was going great for the Duke basketball team on Friday night in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament before a wet spot nearly was a disaster.

Wendell Moore looked to drive baseline but slipped on the floor and lost possession of the basketball.

Duke was able to poke the ball free at halfcourt and threw it back to Moore, who was just getting to his feet at the baseline before he slipped and awkwardly went down once again.

The two slips appeared to have injured Moore as he was on the exercise bicycle when he was off the floor in the second half, and head coach Mike Krzyzewski told Tracy Wolfson of the CBS broadcast after the game that his captain had a “hip issue.”

Moore remained in the game after his falls and was limping at times despite finishing with 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists in 29 minutes of action, the fewest of any Duke starter.

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“Wendell’s hurt, so not sure how he’s going to be on Sunday. A little hip,” Krzyzewski said after the game.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native was 5-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-4 from downtown in the victory.

The slick court at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is due to the ice surface underneath the floor as the arena is the home to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Duke basketball forward updates his status following victory

Wendell Moore didn’t waste much time announcing his own status for Sunday’s Round of 32 game against either Michigan State or Davidson.

“I’ll be good to go Sunday either way,” Moore said in the postgame press conference.

The junior explained how his hip tightened up on him and said he will get it checked out and treated tonight and tomorrow, but that once he started moving on the court in the second half, he felt normal.

Wendell Moore is averaging 13.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this season.

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