Grayson Allen’s latest tripping incident could be good news for Virginia Tech. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Thursday that Allen would be suspended indefinitely. Here’s the full statement:
Full statement from Mike Krzyzewski on Grayson Allen: pic.twitter.com/aLNIDTNHkm— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 22, 2016
It’s good to see Coach K take action on one of his better players. After last night’s game, Krzyzewski appeared to be a bit uptight with the media when he was questioned about potential discipline with Allen. I mean, how dare anyone question Coach K, right?
Well, if the legendary Duke coach hadn’t suspended Allen it is likely the ACC would’ve stepped in. And we know the ACC doesn’t like to offend Duke or North Carolina, but likely would’ve folded under all the pressure to punish the entitled Allen.
Duke doesn’t play again until next Saturday. And guess where the Blue Devils will be?
That’s right. Duke travels to Virginia Tech in the ACC opener for both schools.
This is potentially great news for the Hokies. I wouldn’t expect Allen’s suspension to be a lengthy one. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the word indefinite actually became one game. But that one game happens to be against the Hokies.
The Blue Devils, currently ranked No. 5, have probably the most talented team in the country. However, the Hokies could be catching them at the right time. Duke has literally gotten nothing—outside of Frank Jackson—from its fantastic freshmen class so far this season. Jayson Tatum, Marcus Bolden and Harry Giles have missed a combined 27 games this season. The three talented newcomers are still working their way into shape and Tatum is likely the only one to play a lot of minutes.
Duke is still loaded without Allen. But he is one of the better players—and shooters—in America and how will this team respond in the first game without him?
The Hokies are having a fantastic start to the season. At 10-1, Tech’s only loss was a game in which it led for much of the game. Virginia Tech—and head coach Buzz Williams—are still looking for a signature victory. There would be no bigger victory than getting a win over Coach K and Duke.
And while it won’t be easy, it got just a little easier with Thursday’s news.