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ESPN Getting Crushed For "Zion Cam" During Duke Game

duke players celebrate during the comeback vs. louisville

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - FEBRUARY 12: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates in the 71-69 win over the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on February 12, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Duke freshman star Zion Williamson is a major draw for the cameras. That is even true when he's not playing due to injury.

Williamson is sitting out his second straight game after spraining his right knee last Wednesday against UNC. He's on the bench tonight for No. 3 Duke's game at No. 20 Virginia Tech.

Even though Zion isn't playing, ESPN is still using a "Zion Cam" on its telecast. During the first half, there was a sequence where the Worldwide Leader showed a split-screen of the action on the court and Williamson on the bench.

Needless to say, the move drew plenty of negative feedback.

ESPN didn't use "Zion Cam" for too long, but it will be interesting to see if they bring it back at any point in the telecast.

Duke and Virginia Tech are midway through the first half in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech leads 16-14.

The game is on ESPN, with Rece Davis and LaPhonso Ellis on the broadcast.

The Blue Devils need a win to stay atop the ACC with Virginia and North Carolina.