Grayson Allen Receives Technical for Tripping Elon Player

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2016

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 19: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the Tennessee State Tigers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 19, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen turned heads in the first half of Wednesday's game against the Elon Phoenix, and it wasn't because of an impressive play. 

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Allen tripped Elon guard Steven Santa Ana and was assessed a technical foul. Goodman noted Allen then "seemed to completely lose his composure on the bench."

Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com shared video of the play:

Allen was remorseful following the game, per Jessika Morgan of the News Observer:

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke about Allen's actions, via Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com:

Actions like this are nothing new for Allen.

Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com wrote a lengthy feature on the guard before the season that chronicled his habit of tripping opposing players. O'Neil pointed to a game against Louisville on Feb. 8 when Allen tripped Ray Spalding and another on Feb. 25 against Florida State when he did the same to Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

The second one in such a short time frame was likely not an accident, and Wednesday's incident against Elon didn't appear to be either.

This comes after Allen drew a questionable foul during Monday's game against Tennessee State when he flailed following a layup attempt after minimal contact. Connor Tapp of 247Sports called it a "ridiculous flop."

Sam Vecenie of Sporting News reacted to Wednesday's incident in light of the other noise surrounding Allen:

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports tweeted, "suspend him already," while Gary Parrish of CBS Sports said, "It's too bad that such a great college player is known for this more than being a great college player."

As Parrish mentioned, Allen's antics overshadow his talent as one of the better players in the nation. His Blue Devils are No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and are a clear-cut national title contender thanks largely to his presence.

He posted 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game behind 41.7 percent shooting from three-point range last season and was averaging 17.2 points a night coming into Wednesday's contest.

The fact Allen plays for Duke only intensifies the spotlight and derision he will surely draw from opposing fans for yet another tripping incident. The Blue Devils are always among the most hated teams in the country, and Allen is a target for plenty of boos and chants of ill-will when he goes on the road.

Allen commented on trying to clean up his tripping problem before the season, per O'Neil: "I know there's never completely a blank slate. That's going to be replayed and not forgotten about. But for me, every opportunity I get to step on the court is an opportunity to play the game again and play the game the right way."

So much for that.

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