Mike Krzyzewski and Duke were looking to beat up on Winthrop to get their confidence back, but they might leave this game having lost one of their most talented freshman to an injury. Guard Cassius Stanley left the game just after the second half started. Stanley came down awkwardly on a dunk attempt and immediately pointed to the back of his knee, which ignited concerns that he suffered a serious injury.
In just over 28 minutes-per-game, Stanley is averaging 14.1 points-per-contest and 5.3 rebounds-per-game, shooting 52 percent from the field while making half of his three-point shots.
Stanley was a big part of what the Blue Devils wanted to do schematically on the offensive end, and losing him could be deflating for team morale.
Stanley has proven that he can fill it up with ease at the college level, and a Duke team that is sputtering following a loss to Stephen F. Austin can ill afford to lose such a versatile chess piece in their backcourt.