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Duke's Jahlil Okafor questionable

Star Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will wear a protective boot on his left foot for precautionary measures and will continue to be evaluated ahead of Saturday's game against Clemson, the Blue Devils said Thursday.

The walking boot will keep weight off the injury suffered during Wednesday night's 92-90 overtime win over North Carolina in Durham, N.C.

The use of a boot has become common in college basketball to help protect foot injuries with players still able to play despite wearing them during shootarounds earlier in the day.

The arena went silent late in the first half when Okafor went down with an apparent left ankle injury after landing awkwardly on a hook shot.

Okafor, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, briefly went into the hallway but was back on the floor with 45 seconds left before the break. He said he got the ankle retaped at halftime, and he played all 25 minutes in the second half and OT.

It was throbbing slightly after the win, but he wasn't in pain.

"Sometimes you can play the night of the game because your adrenaline is moving, especially for big guys," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We'll see if he's going to be ready for Saturday. We can't practice tomorrow anyway, but we'll get him some rest. I would think he's going to play, but we don't know that."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.