And if he wasn't available to play, which he wasn't, would Duke be able to put together a similar performance to how it did against Georgia Tech on Sunday when it won 80-69.
Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Bagley would sit out Wednesday night's game against Virginia Tech.
Justin Bibbs scored 15 points for Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-6), which was coming off Saturday's overtime victory at now-No.
Duke, without its best player, trampled the Hokies, 74-52.
Fresh off a one-point overtime loss against rival Virginia Tech over the weekend, Virginia trekked to Coral Gables determined to prove their deserved the top-spot in the rankings-and played like it early on. The Louisville and Duke games already have sold out. But the Hokies couldn't follow with another big one, and it didn't help that leading scorer Justin Robinson (13.8 points) finished with five points on 2-for-10 shooting while being limited by foul trouble. Where the Blue Devils played one of the best games of their season, the Hokies played one of their worst.
"Nah", he said. "I'm looking forward to this". Bagley missed his second game in a row due to a sprained knee.
"They played zone the whole game, so it's not going to be a fast game because of that", said Hokies' head coach Buzz Williams. Defensively, Duke basketball yields 72.6 points per game against the opposing teams.
When Virginia Tech upset Duke, the game came on New Year's Eve on ESPN2 when everyone's sporting attention was on college football.
Despite that, Duke found ways to score and mostly through its senior guard Grayson Allen.
The player of the game, Allen, scored a game-high 25, and tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers made. Freshmen Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval assisted Allen from beyond the arc, resulting in the team as a whole going 15-of-33 from the 3-point line.
No. 18 Tennessee 70, SC 67: Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds as the Volunteers (19-6, 9-4 SEC) edged SC 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.
Virginia's defense proved to be an obstacle for Miami, which was especially highlighted by Miami's season-low 16 first-half points, and its 7:21 scoreless stretch in the first half. Duke vs Virginia Tech live stream is on WatchESPN. "So, you know, we have some games where we can bounce back from something like this and really even them out".