Zion Williamson did not miss a beat in his return to motion final evening, because the Duke Blue Devils defeated Syracuse by the ultimate of 84-72, establishing a semifinal matchup in opposition to UNC on Friday evening.
Several NBA stars had suggested Williamson to sit down out the remainder of the season slightly than danger reinjuring his knee or struggling one other freak accident forward of June's NBA Draft, by which he's all however assured to go #1 total. Such an incident might have occurred within the first half of Zion's return on Thursday, when Syracuse's Frank Howard caught out his foot in a clear try to journey Duke's celebrity ahead.
According to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com, Howard defined, "He tripped over my foot, and I mentioned, 'Oh, I used to be not attempting to journey you.' He was working again, I am attempting to get open. I am being face-guarded. I did not see the entire video, so I do not even need to reply too many questions on that. There is not actually rather more to speak about."
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim mentioned afterward (H/T Bleacher Report): "As far as what individuals have been commenting on at halftime, I talked to Frank, I seemed on the video; there was no journey concerned on the market. I do not know who was speaking about that, however it was a bump, and...that is it. It was nothing there. Trying to fabricate one thing out of nothing."