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Duke Superstar Marvin Bagley To Miss Sunday Game vs. No. 11 Clemson

Marvin Bagley backs down a Rhode Island defender.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket against Stanford Robinson #13 of the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Duke superstar freshman Marvin Bagley III will miss his third straight game due to injury.

Marvin Bagley is Duke's leader in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounds (11.4) this season, and a potential top NBA Draft pick later this year.

He suffered a knee injury on February 8 against North Carolina, though stayed in to play 39 minutes. Bagley scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the 82-78 loss to Duke's archrival.

The injury may not have kept him out of the rest of that game, but it has had a big impact in the ensuing games.

He missed wins at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech this week, and now he will be out for a big test for the Blue Devils, against No. 11 Clemson.

Duke announced his absence for tomorrow's game today. From The News & Observer:

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III will miss his third consecutive game with a knee sprain, the school announced on Saturday.

No. 12 Duke (21-5, 9-4 ACC) plays No. 11 Clemson (20-5, 9-4 ACC) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner will have sole possession of second place in the ACC standings.

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“Marvin is getting better, but you just got to be careful,” Krzyzewski said of his injury. “That’s what we’re trying to be. And he is trying to be.”

Both teams are 9-4 in conference play, behind only Virginia which is 13-1 in league play. Clemson has already knocked off Louisville, Miami, and North Carolina in conference play, so this would be another nice win for Clemson's NCAA Tournament resume.

Duke has a pretty tough finish to the season, with home games against Louisville and Syracuse, a trip to Virginia Tech, and a big final game at home against North Carolina. The Blue Devils will definitely want to get Bagley back for as many of those as possible, but making sure he's healthy for March has to be top priority.

[The News & Observer]