Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Duke’s Kelly Injured, Out Of ACC Tournament

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AP: Duke forward Ryan Kelly will miss this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament after spraining his right foot Tuesday during practice.

Team officials say Kelly will be monitored over the weekend and re-evaluated March 12.

The injury certainly will further test the focus of a team already trying to bounce back from a disheartening loss to North Carolina over the weekend that cost the Blue Devils the league’s regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

The pursuit of a fourth straight ACC tournament title for No. 6 Duke becomes much more challenging.
Kelly, a 6-foot-11 junior, averages 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while creating matchup problems because he is a scoring threat both on the perimeter and in the paint.

Second-seeded Duke (26-5) begins play Friday night in Atlanta against the Clemson v Virginia Tech winner.

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