Injury sidelines Duke's Grant Hill


For the second time in three weeks, the top-ranked Duke basketball team has lost a key player with an injury.

Sophomore Grant Hill, who took over at point guard when Bobby Hurley broke his foot Feb. 5, sprained his right ankle in practice Tuesday.

Hill is expected to be out between two weeks and a month, meaning that he wouldn't return until the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at the earliest. The tournament begins March 12.

Duke meets fourth-ranked UCLA Sunday in Los Angeles.

Hurley, meanwhile, returned to the lineup last night after being given medical clearance yesterday to "resume normal basketball activities."

Neither Hill nor Krzyzewski was available for comment yesterday afternoon.

The Blue Devils had won their first four games without Hurley before losing last Sunday at Wake Forest, 72-68. Hill, 6 feet 8, who previously had started at forward, was the only other Duke player with significant experience at point guard.

It was the second time during his college career that Hill suffered an injury in practice. Last year, after a loss at Virginia, Hill broke his nose after getting an inadvertent elbow from Tony Lang.

Hill is averaging 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

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