DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke says freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is out indefinitely with a toe injury.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday that his star guard would miss “an undetermined amount of time” but that the team’s medical staff is monitoring the injury.
The school says there is no timetable for his return. The announcement on Irving’s status came in a statement issued roughly five hours before the Blue Devils played host to Bradley.
Irving injured a toe on his right foot in a win over Butler on Dec. 4 in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. He ranks third nationally among freshmen in scoring, averaging 17.4 points. Sophomore Andre Dawkins will likely get his first career start in place of Irving.
New tourney to feature four elite teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Four of college basketball’s elite programs will play a difficult opponent early in each of the next three seasons: each other.
Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas will take turns playing each other over the next three years in the Champions Classic, a new tournament designed to give the college basketball season an early jump start.
That’s three of the four winningest programs in the sport with a combined 16 national championships under one roof.