Friday night's Duke-North Carolina game featured yet another Grayson Allen controversy. Late in the first half, he was assessed a flagrant foul.
With under a minute left in the half, UNC forward Garrison Brooks was making his way up the court in transition. The Tar Heels gained possession and looked to push to extend their lead over the Blue Devils.
Brooks was not looking at Allen as he passed him. The controversial Duke star threw his butt into Brooks, knocking him over.
Often, Allen's trips and other dirty plays go unnoticed by the referees. This one didn't.
Allen was given a flagrant foul, and Brooks knocked down both free throws to extend UNC's lead to 34-27. North Carolina went on to win the game 74-69.
Here is the Grayson Allen foul, if you haven't seen it yet.
As with most Allen plays like this, there has been a big rift in people's opinions. Mike Krzyzewski basically said it was a pretty standard foul:
“You don’t want any foul in a game,” he said. “That was another foul in a game. Do you think that that was the only time someone was hipped in the game? If you look in the low post, that’s going on all the time, so it happened at halfcourt, they got it, it’s done, and that didn’t win or lose the game.”
Jay Williams agreed with Coach K's take. He took it a step forward, and said that "any other player" would have received a normal foul on the play. He also said that Allen "knows better" and should understand that context.
Brooks himself was asked about the Allen foul after the game. He was definitely annoyed by the play, and brought up the Duke star's reputation. From Scout:
"I was kind of upset, he was just running by me and I feel like he kind of stuck his leg out. That's what he does," Brooks said about the play.
"It doesn't surprise me," he then added.
That play did not cost Duke the game, but some late-game sloppiness by Allen might have. With under 10 seconds left, after a furious 13-0 run by Duke to cut the UNC lead to three, Allen threw up a horribly ugly three to try and tie the game.
North Carolina advances to tonight's ACC Championship where it will face No. 1 seed Virginia. The game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.