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Duke’s Jack White uncertain (hamstring) for Friday vs. Virginia Tech

After it seemed like Jack White would be able to go Friday night against Virginia Tech, that appears to no longer be the case. Mike Krzyzewski, speaking with the media, said that White is doubtful to play in the Sweet 16.

White injured the hamstring in the ACC Tournament championship game — a win over Florida State. He didn’t play in the team’s first two NCAA Tournament games: wins over North Dakota State and Central Florida. For the season, he’s averaging 4.4 points (85.2 FT%), five rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

The defensive side of the floor is where White makes his presences felt most, though. White can switch and guard four positions. He also has a defensive rebound rate of 17 percent, which is solid, and he’s strong at the rim — 5.1 percent block rate.

On the flip side, Marques Bolden, who injured his knee during a nasty collision in the loss at UNC, appears to be improving. Per K, Bolden will no longer need to play with a brace. That, too, is a big deal for Duke’s defense. Bolden is a solid rim protector — 3.6 blocks per 40 minutes — and his ability to move, guard in space helps unlock Duke’s switching defense.

 

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