IF YOU HATE DUKE AND GRAYSON ALLEN, TODAY IS LIKE CHRISTMAS!

So says USA Today:

One of college basketball’s most polarizing programs is done dancing, following a thrilling overtime clash with fellow blueblood Kansas in the Elite Eight. A season that started with national title expectations ended just short of the sport’s biggest stage, as coach Mike Krzyzewski was denied a record 13th trip to the Final Four.

With that, it also marks the end of a fabulous four-year career for heavily scrutinized guard Grayson Allen, whose jumper that would have won the game in regulation rimmed out. He also missed two three-point attempts in the closing minute of overtime.

Although Allen connected on four clutch free throws in the game’s closing stretch, it was an overall ugly shooting night for the Duke senior, who finished 3-for-13 from the field for 12 points in his final collegiate game. But this season was a resurgent one for Allen as a whole, in spite of the sour ending. He took on the role of senior captain on a young team full of NBA talent. It was a flipped script from a year ago when Allen was seen as the villain of the sport for his unsportsmanlike behavior β€” he was suspended for tripping players and stripped of his captaincy as a junior.

Maybe his image was never properly restored, but 2017-18 was still an All-American season for the 6-5 guard, although it didn’t compare to his national player of the year-caliber sophomore campaign:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2018/03/25/duke-falters-elite-8-loss-kansas-and-now-grayson-allens-career-over/457402002/

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