At most, Grayson Allen has six games remaining in his career as a Blue Devil, but no matter where Duke goes from here this March, the senior secured his legacy as a heel for life in Friday night’s 74-69 loss to Carolina at Barclays Center.
The serial tripper turned to the hip check in his latest display of dirty play. He was whistled for a flagrant 1 technical foul after intentionally taking out Tar Heel forward Garrison Brooks by midcourt late in the first half of the rivals’ rubber match in an ACC semifinal at Barclays Center. Allen smirked while referees reviewed the play on a courtside monitor. Fans held up royal blue T-shirts emblazoned “I Hate Grayson Allen” and Tar Heel fans booed. Even in an arena where J.J. Redick sat in the stands and was shown on the videoboard and referee Teddy Valentine, known as “TV Teddy,” worked the floor, Allen took home Most Hated Man in the Gym honors.
“They got a fastbreak, I bumped him and fouled him,” Allen said.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski then offered his take.
“I was surprised there was stoppage,” Krzyzewski said. “But we’ll go with the call and move forward.”
When Allen was asked about the hip check a few questions later, Krzyzewski interjected.