DURHAM NC - DECEMBER 01: Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils watches on during their game against the Michigan State Spartans at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 1 2010 in Durham North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving Will Play For Duke Friday Against Hampton, Coach K Confirms

Duke's freshman star will miss some playing time after hurting his toe against Butler.

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Kyrie Irving Will Play For Duke In NCAA Tournament, Coach Krzyzewski Confirms

For a time, the notion of Duke's Kyrie Irving suiting up for the NCAA Tournament, especially in the early rounds, seemed like wishful thinking. On Thursday, however, coach Mike Krzyzewski has confirmed an earlier report that the freshman standout will see some action against Hampton on Friday. From The Sporting News' Matt Crossman:

Kyrie will play tomorrow, coach K says

An earlier report stated that Irving is unlikely to play more than 15 or 20 minutes against Hampton, the Blue Devils' 16-seed opponent. Irving, who turns 19 on March 23, hasn't played since Dec. 4 against Butler. He's only appeared in eight games in his brief college career. In his best game against Michigan State, he scored 31 points -- in large part thanks to 13-for-16 shooting from the free throw line -- and added six rebounds and four assists.

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Duke's Kyrie Irving Will Play In NCAA Tournament Game Against Hampton, According To Report

Duke managed to earn a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, despite losing phenom freshman Kyrie Irving to injury. On Thursday, though, a report has emerged claiming that Irving will "definitely" play Friday's Duke-Hampton game. Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman tweets:

Sources told FOXSports.com that Kyrie Irving will definitely play tomorrow against Hampton.

We don't yet know whether Irving will actually start for the Blue Devils. Goodman's next tweet indicates, unsurprisingly, that Irving isn't 100 percent yet.

I've been told that Kyrie Irving will play somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes tomorrow against Hampton. Timing a little off in practice.

One would assume that Coach Krzyzewski won't push Irving too hard, since Duke doesn't figure to need much help against a 16-seed. Irving could certainly benefit, however, from getting some minutes under his belt before their presumed match-up against the winner of Michigan-Tennessee in the next round of the tournament.

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Coack K: Kyrie Irving 'Could Be' Out For Season

Coach K and Duke aren’t taking any chances with Kyrie Irving’s toe. He’s currently under medical evaluation and his return is undertermined at this time. Unfortunately for Duke fans, the potential timetable for his return keeps getting longer and longer.

Coach K isn’t speaking in finites but he was very cautious to leave all possibilities open about the severity of the injury:

“It’s a serious injury. I can’t say anything more because we are learning information but it is serious and whatever final decision is made will obviously what’s in his best interest and his career. Not to save him for any period of time or whatever, but he could be out or a long time.”

Asked if Irving will be out the rest of the year, Krzyzewski said: “He could be, he could be.”

Keep an eye on Duke Basketball Report for updates.

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