Duke’s Coach K sus­pends Allen

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Joedy McCreary

durham, n.c.» Grayson Allen’s lat­est an­tics may have tripped up the Duke men’s basketball team again.

The No. 5 Blue Devils have had a full ros­ter for only three days this sea­son. And af­ter Allen tripped yet an­other op­po­nent, it’s not clear when they will have a com­plete lineup again.

Allen was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely from the team Thurs­day af­ter the Al­lAmer­ica ju­nior guard tripped an Elon player Wed­nes­day night in Greens­boro — the third time Allen has been in­volved in a trip­ping in­ci­dent this cal­en­dar year.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski ex­plained the sus­pen­sion of Allen in a brief state­ment, say­ing the Blue Devils “needed to take fur­ther steps re­gard­ing his ac­tions that do not meet the stan­dards of Duke basketball.”

At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence com­mis­sioner John Swof­ford said sports­man­ship is “one of the core val­ues of our league” and that Allen’s sus­pen­sion “demon­strates ad­her­ence to this im­por­tant prin­ci­ple.”

The grow­ing con­cern is that Allen con­tin­ues to re­peat what Duke and the ACC deem to be un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior. Allen tripped Louisville and Florida State play­ers in games last win­ter.

Krzyzewski has not de­cided whether Allen will prac­tice dur­ing his sus­pen­sion or how long it will last.

Duke doesn’t play again un­til Dec. 31, when the Blue Devils visit Vir­ginia Tech in their ACC opener. Af­ter that are home games against two lower-tier ACC teams — Ge­or­gia Tech on Jan. 4, Bos­ton Col­lege three days later — be­fore a trip to No. 21 Florida State on Jan. 10.

“It’s not like you give a sus­pen­sion and it’s all over,” Krzyzewski said Thurs­day on “The Dan Pa­trick Show.” “It’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’m go­ing to use it as that and as a teach­ing mo­ment. A teach­ing mo­ment does not stop by giv­ing one game. Maybe that’s what it is; I don’t know that right now.”

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