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Grayson Allen Opens Up About Being Duke's Latest Villain

Grayson Allen slides out of bounds after saving the ball.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils slides out of bounds after diving to save the ball against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

There is no debate to be had when it comes to the most-hated player in college basketball.

It's Grayson Allen.

You know it. I know it. Even Grayson Allen knows it.

The Duke senior guard probably knows it better than anyone else, actually. He's the one who's on the receiving end of all of the boos and taunts, after all.

Allen is currently in the process of leading Duke to another Final Four. The Blue Devils are set to play in the Elite Eight against Kansas on Sunday.

Duke's latest villain

Grayson Allen says he's just the latest in a long line of Duke villains. "You learn to own it -- I've learned to accept it." Blue Devils play Kansas tomorrow for spot in #FinalFour.

— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 24, 2018

">opened up about what it's like being so hated at a recent NCAA Tournament press conference. "Duke has had many lightning rods over the years, there's a long list of white Duke basketball players that have been lightning rods. That's just how it is," he said, via the Associated Press. "I didn't fully understand it before I came to Duke, but I do now." Allen says he's learned to live with it. "You learn to know it. I've learned to accept it. I don't feed off the boos. I don't feed off anything like that. When I play, it's a serious, competitive mode for me. No one likes to get booed, no one likes to get cussed out, no one likes to get yelled 'F-u' by 20,000 fans when you go places, but that's when mental toughness comes into play." You can watch his comments below:

Duke and Kansas are set to tip off at 5:50 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on CBS.