Duke will already have its hands full with Virginia tonight, but that challenge could get even tougher if Tre Jones is ruled out for this ACC clash.
Jones suffered an AC joint separation earlier in the week against the Syracuse Orange. The injury occurred when the freshman guard was going after a loose ball and collided with Frank Howard
Mike Krzyzewski has stated on multiple occasions that Jones is the most important player for the Blue Devils. His ability to play outstanding defense on the perimeter sets the tone for the rest of Duke's lineup.
The first-year phenom is averaging 8.1 points and 5.7 assists per game this season.
Considering that Virginia relies on the playmaking ability of junior guard Ty Jerome, the potential absence of Jones would have a major impact on the outcome of this game.
All hope shouldn't be lost in Durham just yet, as the freshman phenom is listed as day-to-day.
Somehow Jones participated in individual drills toward the end of the week, which means he could possibly suit up for tonight's contest.
While having Jones on the court would be a tremendous boost for the Blue Devils, the risk of him re-aggravating the shoulder injury might be too high at this moment.
If Duke is without its floor general for tonight, expect RJ Barrett to increase his workload against Virginia.