Duke's Cam Reddish misses Sweet 16 with mysterious knee injury, questionable for Elite Eight

Duke freshman Cam Reddish did not play in Friday night’s Sweet 16 win over Virginia Tech due to what the program called a left leg injury.

Reddish’s absence was announced shortly before tipoff. And according to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, even he didn’t know until then that Reddish would be out.

“We didn’t know until right before the game that he was not gonna be able to play,” Coach K said after Duke’s 75-73 victory. “He went out, just had something wrong with his knee. He’s limping.

“We’ve prepared all week with that lineup,” Krzyzewski continued, referring to a five-man group that included Reddish. “And then, boom, right before the start of the game, he can’t play.”

When asked whether he had any idea about Reddish’s status moving forward, Krzyzewski responded with one word: “No.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies misses a layup against the Duke Blue Devils late in the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts after missing a layup against the Duke Blue Devils late in the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts after missing a layup against the Duke Blue Devils late in the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts after missing a layup against the Duke Blue Devils late in the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Duke guard Tre Jones (3) reacts after scoring against Virginia Tech during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket to score on Virginia Tech's guard Ty Outlaw (42) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Virginia Tech guard Ahmed Hill (13) celebrates after scoring, next to Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson covers his face after the team's loss to Duke in an NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. Duke won 75-73. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies dunks the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Ahmed Hill #13 of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates a basket against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 and head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils talk against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: RJ Barrett #5, Zion Williamson #1 and Tre Jones #3 embrace Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils after defeating Virginia Tech Hokies in the third round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils high fives a fan after defeating Virginia Tech Hokies in the third round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
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Alex O’Connell, who did not play a single minute in Duke’s second-round victory over UCF, started in Reddish’s place on Friday. He scored four points. Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Tre Jones combined for 63 of Duke’s 75.

“Alex did a tremendous job,” Krzyzewski said postgame, pointing out O’Connell’s team-leading seven defensive rebounds. But the sophomore sharpshooter went 0-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Reddish, meanwhile, was in uniform and on the Duke bench, but didn’t do much during warmups and was unavailable.

It’s unclear when or how Reddish suffered the injury. He had been listed as a starter on program press releases leading into the game.

Reddish played 32 minutes in the second-round win over UCF, and would have played more if not for foul trouble. He hit a huge late 3-pointer – three of his 13 points.

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Of Duke’s four star freshman, Reddish might be the least impactful. He averages 13.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. But he’s the best shooter of the four, and an important – albeit inconsistent – player for the Blue Devils.

Reddish, given Krzyzewski’s answer at his postgame news conference, is presumably questionable for Sunday’s Elite Eight showdown with No. 2 seed Michigan State.

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