Duke basketball: What Jon Scheyer said about injury to Kyle Filipokswi
GREENSBORO - The Duke Blue Devils experienced a few nervous moments in the early going of Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal against Pitt when star forward Kyle Filipowski was helped off the court with an injury.
Filipowski had converted two straight 3-point shots to give the fourth-seeded Blue Devils a 6-0 lead when, after taking a pass at the top of the 3-point circle, got his left leg tangled with Pitt's Jamarius Burton. The 7-foot freshman from Westtown, New York, passed the ball to a teammate, but immediately went down on the floor in obvious pain as play continued.
When time was finally called with 17:27 left in the first half, Filipowski had to be helped to the sideline by two teammates.
"I didn't get a good look at it (injury play),'' Duke coach Jon Scheyer said. "But he looked good to me when he got back out there.''
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The ACC Rookie of the Year spent several minutes on the Duke bench with his left leg on a chair as trainers taped his ankle. After testing the ankle and a brief conversation with Scheyer during a break with 13:57 left in the half, Filipowski re-entered the game at the 11:16 mark.
Duke's leading scorer (15.0) and rebounder (9.2) certainly didn't appear to be hindered by the injury. He wound up with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field in just 15 minutes of action.
Scheyer said Filipowski's ankle will be evaluated again overnight, but he's expected to be ready for Friday's semifinal.
"I don't have an update at this point,'' Scheyer said. "We'll get him back to the hotel, get him seen (by trainers), and then move forward.''
Fourth-seeded Duke blasted No. 5 Pitt, 96-69, to advance to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Miami. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.