Zion Williamson did not miss a beat in his return to motion final evening, because the Duke Blue Devils defeated Syracuse by the ultimate of 84-72, establishing a semifinal matchup towards UNC on Friday evening.

Several NBA stars had suggested Williamson to take a seat out the remainder of the season quite than threat reinjuring his knee or struggling one other freak accident forward of June’s NBA Draft, during which he’s all however assured to go #1 general. Such an incident may have occurred within the first half of Zion’s return on Thursday, when Syracuse’s Frank Howard caught out his foot in a clear try and journey Duke’s famous person ahead.

According to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com, Howard defined, “He tripped over my foot, and I mentioned, ‘Oh, I used to be not attempting to journey you.’ He was operating again, I am attempting to get open. I am being face-guarded. I did not see the entire video, so I do not even need to reply too many questions on that. There is not actually way more to speak about.”

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim mentioned afterward (H/T Bleacher Report): “As far as what folks have been commenting on at halftime, I talked to Frank, I regarded on the video; there was no journey concerned on the market. I do not know who was speaking about that, but it surely was a bump, and…that is it. It was nothing there. Trying to fabricate one thing out of nothing.”

Williamson, who led the way in which with 29 level, 14 rebounds and 5 steals, did not present any indicators of sluggishness although he missed almost a month on account of a knee damage.

Tonight’s recreation towards the Tar Heels, airing on ESPN, is scheduled to tip at 9:00pm ET.