"We're hopeful that it's not real serious, but for precautionary reasons, we felt it good not to play him in the second half," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
The Blue Devils made their announcement on their Twitter account, but did not go into any detail as to the nature of Kelly's injury.
Krzyzewski will miss Kelly because he uses a seven-man rotation. The Blue Devils are 15-1, 2-1 ACC so far this season.
Kelly is averaging 13.4 points per game, third on the team behind Mason Plumlee, who had foot problems earlier in the season, and Seth Curry. In Duke's past nine games, Kelly has been shooting 67.7% from the three-point range. The 6-11 Kelly has been giving opponents a match-up problem because of his ability not only because of his inside strength, but also because of his ability to shoot beyond the arc.
Last March Kelly sprained the same foot, causing him to miss the ACC tournament and Duke's opening round NCAA loss against Lehigh (perhaps why Lehigh prevailed?).
The team's depth will be tested with Josh Hairston and Amile Jefferson getting minutes.
"We feel very badly for Ryan. He is playing the best basketball of his career and this is a tough setback for him. We're hoping for a good recovery and we are optimistic about his return," said Krzyzewski.
Duke lost their first game of the season against North Carolina, a team they have easily beaten in the past.
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