Even without Coach K, the Blue Devils came away from another Wake Forest game feeling pretty good.
Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke beat the Demon Deacons 89-71 on Saturday in a game the Hall of Fame coach missed.
With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight and moved their conference record over .500 for the first time this season.
“Great win for our guys in the midst of this adversity,” Capel said.
But the story of this one was the virus that kept Krzyzewski out. School officials announced Krzyzewski’s absence about 40 minutes before tipoff.
Capel said Krzyzewski woke up Saturday feeling ill and decided “he didn’t want to get our guys sick, didn’t want to put anyone else in jeopardy, but he’s better.”
Trent, who spent some quality time with that bucket on the bench, was a game-time decision by the coaches and said he was dealing with light-headedness and nausea.
“Just got to fight through it,” he said.