Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will miss Wake Forest game because of virus

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

If Gary Trent Jr. couldn't make it through the game without barfing in a bucket on the Duke bench, imagine how Mike Krzyzewski must be feeling. Wake Forest is a tougher team than Pitt, which the Blue Devils beat 87-52 on Wednesday, and Duke forced the Demon Deacons to shoot 34 percent from the floor in the first half. Although the Blue Devils stretched their advantage to as many as 18 early in the second half, Wake Forest pulled back within a dozen on a Bryant Crawford and-one with 9:28 to play.

Shortly before tipoff, Duke announced that Coach Mike Krzyzewski will miss today's game against Wake Forest while battling a virus.

O'Connell added only 1 point after halftime to finish with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting. He sank 2 of 3 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws in the first half, quickly establishing himself as a deep threat. He scored 19 points and was 6-for-7 from behind the 3-point line.

The turnaround till Duke's next game is quick - it plays at Miami on Monday, and it is unclear whether Krzyzewski or Trent will be healthy in time for a tough conference game on the road.

This is the third straight season in which the 70-year-old Krzyzewski has missed at least one game due to health reasons.

Heading into Saturday, Duke backup freshman Alex O'Connell wasn't much of a factor off the bench.

O'Connell has scored 21 points in the last two games.

Trent was also a game-time decision Saturday, deciding to play and, as it turned out, playing well.

Offensively, Duke averages 93.5 points, 44.1 rebounds and 20.1 assists per game.

But Allen did make a difference in other areas.

It was the first time Allen finished a game with zero field goals since last season. He made it look easy at times, dribbling behind his back, grabbing his own rebound and overpowering a Wake Forest team that has lost 3 in a row. The Centers for Disease Control said Friday that flu activity is "widespread and intense" and the season has the potential to be one of the worst in years, with this year's flu shot less effective than usual - not a failure of the system, but an unfortunate and unavoidable outcome of predicting flu strains with enough lead time to mass-produce the vaccine.

"As of right now, nobody, I don't think", Trent said. "Everyone stepped up ... and it equated to a really good win for us". "When we're making shots, it makes you have to go out and guard them".

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