Published March 22, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says point guard Kyrie Irving will play "significant minutes" in the West regional semifinal against Arizona.
Speaking before boarding a bus to the airport, Krzyzewski said Irving would not start Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif., but is ahead of schedule in his return from a toe injury that cost him most of his freshman season.
Irving missed 3½ months with an injured right big toe but came off the bench in both of the top-seeded Blue Devils' NCAA tournament games. He scored 14 points in 20 minutes in his return against Hampton. He had 11 points in 21 minutes against Michigan and was on the court at the end of that win.
Krzyzewski says the Blue Devils (32-4) are "good with who we're starting."