Duke Basketball

Grayson Allen to Have Tripping Incident vs. Florida St. Reviewed by ACC

Duke's Grayson Allen (3) reacts following a basket against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Duke won 88-78. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

The ACC is reviewing Duke's Grayson Allen after the guard's second on-court tripping incident in a month.

According to ESPN.com's C.L. BrownACC Senior Associate Commissioner Paul Brazeau said the conference will take a closer look at the sophomore's seemingly intentional trip of Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes near the end of the Blue Devils' 80-65 win Thursday.

Allen previously tripped Louisville forward Ray Spalding on Feb. 8, as seen in these Vines, via SportsCenter:

Per Brown, Allen told the Fayetteville Observer the incident was "nothing" and explained what he believed happened on the play: "He wanted to keep playing physical. So I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me. We ended up tangling up and falling."

The Jacksonville, Florida, native is enjoying a fantastic season for the up-and-down Blue Devils with averages of 20.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

While there is no denying Allen's talent, Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal questioned his on-court character following another questionable act on his part:

It is unclear if a suspension could be in Allen's future, but there is some precedent for it, as the American Athletic Conference banned Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin for one game in January for tripping a South Carolina player.

Such a punishment could be devastating for Duke since it has just three regular-season games remaining ahead of the ACC tournament.

Allen is the player who makes the Blue Devils go, along with Brandon Ingram, and losing him for even a single game could lead to a defeat and hurt their seeding for the NCAA tournament.

 

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