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Allen’s Slump Helping or Hurting the Blue Devils?

March 10, 2017

As the ACC tournament continues Grayson Allen remains out of the starting five. Last night’s second-round 79-72 win against Clemson was hands down Allen’s worst game of the year. He played only a measly 12 minutes and stayed off the scoring sheet. On top of that, the I

 

nternet trolled him after he picked up his forth technical foul of the season.  Last night Allen slammed the ball on the ground out of frustration. He has a pattern of villain like incidents this season. Back in November he was suspended indefinitely (1 game) for tripping Elon guard Steven Santa Ana. Making it his third tripping incident of the season. It has been a roller coaster of a season for him. He went from being preseason “National Player of the Year” to out of the starting lineup. Last season he averaged 21.6 ppg fast-forwarding to this year he is only averaging 14.2 ppg. His last ‘Allen-Like’ performance before his dip in play was on Feb. 9 against North Carolina. That night he was 7 of 12 from behind the arc and finished with 25 points. Some are blaming Allen’s slump in play on his tweaked ankle but Frank Jackson has stepped up his game too. In Jackson’s last 4 games he has been playing outstanding. Averaging 18.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. His upgrade in play could be a critical component in Allen staying out of the starting five.  Anything is possible during March Madness and it is possible that Allen will get his touch before the end of the post season. In order for his team to go far he needs to get healthy, play calm, and shoot the ball the way we all know he can. The Blue Devils return to action this afternoon against No. 10 Louisville at 2:30 p.m.

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