Duke Basketball: Can Blue Devils Survive Without Marvin Bagley III?

Virginia passes first test as number one ranked team

Virginia passes first test as number one ranked team

Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will miss a second-straight game Wednesday night.

Duke (20-5, 8-4) fell to No. 12 in the latest AP poll have dropped three of their last five.

Again, this is very premature, but it begs the question; can Duke survive without their prized freshman?

Earlier in the year, Allen scored 35 points in a win over Michigan State.

Between Bagley's absence from the court and a two-game losing skid, the Blue Devils had plenty of motivation in that game.

Bagley has given Duke a few scares throughout the season. Duke won that game 88-81 after a career-high 37-point performance from Duke senior guard Grayson Allen.

Carter Jr. will most likely be a Top-10 pick in June's NBA Draft, but without Bagley, he would need to play like a Top-5 pick.

Along with Carter, the resurgence of Marques Bolden needs to continue if Bagley is sidelined.

"I don't think there's been a better player in our league over the last couple weeks than Robinson", Capel said.

Since the start of ACC play, Gary Trent Jr. has been sensational.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Blue Devils are now 11.5-point home favorites to beat the Hokies on Wednesday night. (14.4) and Trevon Duval (11.1). However, Duval logged 25 minutes to O'Connell's 22.

On the season, Virginia Tech basketball averages 83.7 points, 34.0 rebounds and 17.1 assists per game. U.Va. shot a season-low 34.4 percent from the floor and hoisted 38 shots from beyond the 3-point line (the Cavaliers made just 11). Virginia Tech falls to 18-8 (7-6) and visits Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Duke announced the news on Twitter minutes ago. However, knee injuries are tricky, so if Duke needs to adjust, it must happen quickly.

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