Duke Gets Big Kyle Filipowski Injury News Before Louisville Matchup

The Blue Devils hope to have the sophomore center back on the floor after getting injured over the weekend against Wake Forest.
Feb 12, 2024; Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils center Kyle Filipowski (30) controls
Feb 12, 2024; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Kyle Filipowski (30) controls / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke fans held their collective breaths over the weekend after seeing star center Kyle Filipowski suffer an ankle injury as Wake Forest fans stormed the court after the Demon Deacons pulled a massive upset over the Blue Devils.

Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer told reporters on Monday that Filipowski was a “little bit sore” after he got hurt on Saturday afternoon. 

After the game, Scheyer initially said that the sophomore center hurt his ankle. But he clarified his statement on Monday, saying Filipowski didn’t need any diagnostic internal imaging for his right knee.

Blue Devils fans know that if they want to win the ACC tournament and make a deep run in March Madness, they need a healthy Filipowski in the front court. Duke is back in action on Wednesday night against the Louisville Cardinals and might have their big man on the floor.

Duke Injury News: Kyle Filipowski Expected to Play vs. Louisville

Adam Zagoria reported on Wednesday that the 7-foot sophomore center is expected to play tonight against the Cardinals.

Filipowski, who was named to the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year team earlier this month, has been one of the best big men in the country and could be a first-round pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.

The Westtown, NY, native is averaging 16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.7 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game. 

Filipowski has played well at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, dropping 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In the Blue Devils’ first matchup against the Cardinals, Louisville didn’t have any answers for Filipowski, who recorded a double-double consisting of 17 points and 15 rebounds in an 83-69 win on Jan. 23.

The Blue Devils are currently 20-point favorites and -4195 on the moneyline, but that could change as Filipowski is likely to play tonight. You can find our best bet for the ACC matchup here.

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