It was bad, really bad. Grayson Allen had been beaten on a play, a foul was called, and the Duke star added to the problem by deliberately tripping Steven Santa Ana of Elon in a game Wednesday night. If this was an isolated incident it probably wouldn’t have made a ripple, but it’s the third time Allen has deliberately tripped an opponent. He obviously has a modus operandi and it’s not subtle.
I can’t read minds, but it can’t be denied that sometimes Allen just snaps and then things like this happen.
Allen threw a little tantrum on the bench after he was taken out by coach Mike Krzyzewski, but he did play in the second half. After the game he was apologetic both in his public statements and to the Elon player and coach.
Krzyzewski suspended him indefinitely Thursday morning and said in a statement: “We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon. As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologizing in person to Steven Santa Ana and Coach Matt Matheny. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”
Thank goodness Santa Ana wasn’t injured, but I have a hard time seeing this as a federal offense. The officials came up short; they should have ejected him from the game. That might have been punishment enough. I doubt the suspension will last more than one game. For sure, that’s punishment enough.
Beyond that, Duke needs to get Allen some help in dealing with his anger issues before someone does get hurt when he loses it again.
One-game suspension and play on.
I guess most people like Christmas and I sort of do, but you’ve also got to accept the good and the bad. In this case, there are only five college basketball games scheduled from Dec. 24-26. So I’ve got to focus on Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday, which I will do.
Here are the upcoming games I’d like to see.
Thursday (there’s actually a lot of day games)
Tennessee at East Tennessee: It’s great that the Vols play this game, but it’s a dangerous one that could result in an upset.
George Washington at Miami: The Colonials are playing surprisingly well under interim coach Maurice Joseph with an 8-4 record; an upset here is not impossible. Miami is 8-2 but hasn’t been challenged since the Disney World tournament over Thanksgiving.
La Salle at Mercer: Mercer nearly won at Auburn and I can’t help but ask: What the heck is La Salle doing in Macon, Ga. A weird nonconference game.
Rider at UMass: Just want to see how many 3-pointers UMass freshman guard Luwane Pipkins throws in. He had eight in the last game.
Canisius at St. Bonaventure: It’s a rivalry plus it’s a chance to see Bonnies guard Jaylen Adams, the best player you’ve never heard of. He’s averaging 23.5 points and 6.4 assists per game.
LSU at Wake Forest: With Ben Simmons, the NBA’s overall No. 1 pick, LSU was 6-4 after 10 games last season. Without him, the Tigers are 8-2 and looking for a nice road win in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Diamond Head Classic: I could pretend I’m in Honolulu and spend all day watching the first-round games: Stephen F. Austin-Tulsa, Southern Mississippi-San Diego State, Utah-San Francisco, and Hawaii-Illinois State.
Providence at BC: A chance for BC to wipe out the memories of some bad losses; the Eagles can win this.
Rutgers at Seton Hall: This is big in Jersey; the game is sold out (but just the lower bowl of The Rock in beautiful, downtown Newark). Rutgers is 11-1, but if its schedule were a mattress it would have a Sleep Number of 1. This is a chance for the Hall to assert its superiority.
Georgia at Oakland: Another strange one and the Bulldogs will pay the price with a loss.
Harvard at Houston: The Crimson’s great freshman class is maturing; winning this would go a long way to showing how far they’ve come.
Northwestern at Penn State: The Mildcats have never been to the NCAA Tournament but they’ve got the look of a tournament team this season. They just can’t mess up and lose road games like this.
Michigan State at Minnesota: Two teams going in the opposite directions. Based on what we’ve seen this season, Sparty (8-5) won’t be able to win on the raised floor in Minneapolis against the 11-1 Gophers.
SMU at Memphis: SMU has won six in a row as Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye has emerged as a key player. The Ponies could get a nice road win against inconsistent Memphis.Joe Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeSullivan