Duke coasted to a 89-67 win in its first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Iona on Thursday. It did so even without forward Wendell Carter Jr. at full strength – the freshman scored just 9 points in 24 minutes of action.
It turns out that a rolled ankle Carter sustained earlier in the season has caused soreness in his Achilles tendon, which he played through against the Gaels, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson. The good news for Carter and the Blue Devils: the injury isn’t all that serious.
Carter said it stems from a sprained ankle he had earlier in the season, and the only thing he can do for treatment is stretching or ice. But doctors said he is in no danger of further injury if he keeps playing on it.
The Blue Devils, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will face seventh-seeded Rhode Island on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa. The winner of that game advances to the Sweet 16.
The Rams are coached by Danny Hurley, the younger brother of Arizona State head coach and former Duke star Bobby Hurley. The elder Hurley was part of Mike Krzyzewski’s national championship teams in 1991 and 1992.
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