Duke will have to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament without one of its best players at full strength.
Blue Devils freshman star Wendell Carter Jr. admitted following today's first-round win over Iona that he is dealing with a sore Achilles tendon. It has been bothering him since before the conference tournament.
Via ESPN's Andrea Adelson:
Carter said it stems from a sprained ankle he had earlier in the season, and the only thing he can do for treatment is stretching or ice. But doctors said he is in no danger of further injury if he keeps playing on it.
As for the way he felt against Iona, Carter said, "I felt good once the adrenaline started going."
Carter played 24 minutes against the Gaels, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds in an 89-67 win. His scoring has taken a dip recently, with four single-digit outputs in his last five games.
However, Carter did post 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in Duke's ACC Tournament semifinal loss to North Carolina. For the season, he is averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Duke moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face No. 7 seed Rhode Island on Saturday. The Rams beat 10th-seeded Oklahoma in overtime this afternoon to advance.
You can read our game preview for that one here.