Duke’s Marvin Bagley III exits game with injury

Nov 14, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Marvin Bagley III (35) reacts to an apparent injury during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Blue Devils freshman forward Marvin Bagley III will be held out for the second half of Tuesday night’s game against the Michigan State Spartans at the State Farm Champions Classic following a poke to the right eye from a teammate during the first half. Bagley remained on the ground following the play. He returned to the Blue Devils’ bench, but will not take to the floor for the remainder of the game.

In the time he did appear, Bagley scored four points on 2 of 4 shooting, snatching six rebounds for the nation’s top-ranked team. He also added a steal and a block.

Bagley recorded a double-double in each of his first two collegiate games, first against Elon on Nov. 10, when he finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, before following up his performance with a 24-point, 10-rebound effort against Utah Valley the next evening.

The Arizona native has his name in the hat as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft, having reclassified coming out of high school to attend Duke a year earlier than originally expected. Bagley had strong interest from multiple Pac-12 programs, but chose to join a star-studded incoming Duke freshman class that has ascended to the top spot in the rankings.

Following the matchup against No. 2 Michigan State, his next chance to take to the floor comes on Friday when the Blue Devils host Southern. Their next major matchup comes on Nov. 29 when they take on the Indiana Hoosiers during the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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  1. Christian

    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:21 am

    May the Good Lord bless him to come back to the team soon, fully restored back to health better than ever! Now realizing that he was on the bench for nearly the entire night just brings to light the full revelation of how talented this blockbuster group of freshman Duke has corralled. Every single one of them contributed in some way to the win to help make up for Bagley being on the bench. Duke is showing early signs of tremendous maturity, skill, togetherness, and Oneness. Going to be an extremely difficult year for their opponents. LOL!

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