Injured Duke big man Bolden will miss ACC tournament

Marques Bolden suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee during Saturday's loss at UNC

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski checks on an injured Marques Bolden during the first half of Saturday's game at UNC (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski says No. 5 Duke won’t have injured big man Marques Bolden for this week’s ACC Tournament.

Krzyzewski told the school’s website Monday that “there’s no way Marques will be ready” after he sprained a ligament in his left knee early in a loss at North Carolina in the regular-season finale.

The 6-foot-11 Bolden averages 5.8 points, 1.8 blocks and 4.7 rebounds for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-5). Their tournament opener isn’t until Friday night in Charlotte.

Bolden was hurt about 2½ minutes into the UNC game when he fell into the basket support while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim.

Krzyzewski has yet to give a definitive answer as to whether the Blue Devils’ other injured starter — ACC Rookie and Player of the Year Zion Williamson — will play, although he’s given indications that the freshman star will be ready after missing the past five games with an injured knee