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The Blue Devils have taken a step forward since Krzyzewski inserted freshman guard Elliot Williams into the starting lineup and moved Jon Scheyer to the point shortly after a 101-87 loss to the Tar Heels in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Williams looks fresh after spending much of the season on the bench and has given Duke more energy defensively, which seems to indicate the Blue Devils' recent trend of late-season fades might be history.
"I think we just have more of a sense of urgency now," junior Gerald Henderson said. "We only have three guaranteed games left. We've come together in those times where there's real adversity or the game's on the line."
Still, Duke has its own injury questions, particularly up front against Hansbrough, Thompson, and freshmen big men Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller.
Junior forward Lance Thomas sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's win over Florida State, but practiced Saturday and is listed as probable even though it's unclear if he'll be limited. Duke will be without point guard Nolan Smith for a third straight game as he recovers from a concussion suffered at Maryland on Feb. 25.
In a twist, Hansbrough said his favorite game at North Carolina came his freshman year when the Tar Heels beat top-ranked Duke to ruin J.J. Redick's final home game. Now -- with Hansbrough closing in on Redick's career scoring record -- the Blue Devils can return the favor.
"I'm not really thinking about that," he said. "It's a possibility. If we don't come out and play, it'll happen."
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