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Duke F Marvin Bagley III Will Sit Out 4th-Straight Game Tonight Against Louisville

Marvin Bagley reacts during game against Evansville.

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 20: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the Evansville Aces at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 20, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Duke freshman star Marvin Bagley III will miss his fourth-straight game with a knee sprain.

Bagley last played against North Carolina on February 8. He suffered the injury in that game and has missed the Blue Devils' last three games against Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Duke confirmed Bagley's status on Twitter moments ago.

Given the fact Bagley has now been out roughly two weeks has caused some to speculate his injury is worse than advertised. Time will tell if it is or if Duke is just being overly cautious.

After tonight, Duke will play at Virginia Tech next Monday and then host North Carolina next Saturday.

Duke is 3-0 without Bagley, as senior guard Grayson Allen has broken out of his slump. Allen is averaging 22.3 points per game in Bagley's absence, shooting 12-of-28 from three-point range and 19-of-19 from the free-throw line.

As well as the Blue Devils have been playing, they could use Bagley back before conference tournament play at least. He leads the team in points (21.2) and rebounds (11.4) per game.

Additionally, Bagley's presence opens things up for fellow freshman Wendell Carter Jr. Carter is averaging 15.7 points per game with Bagley out of the lineup, but has had to work harder for his shots with defenses keying on him more.

Duke's high-low action is much more effective with Bagley in the high post or elbow area than it is with Javin DeLaurier or Marques Bolden, neither of whom is a scoring threat.

Duke hosts Louisville tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.