Duke’s Grayson Allen Returns After Just One-Game Suspension For Tripping

Ford Springer | Contributor

Apparently Duke Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s definition of an “indefinite suspension” is just one-game long.

Krzyzewski suspended Duke junior guard Grayson Allen indefinitely after receiving a technical foul in their game against Elon for blatantly tripping an opposing player.

Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils waits at the scorer's table during the second half of their game against the Elon Phoenix at the Greensboro Coliseum on December 21, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Duke won 72-61. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

This wasn’t Allen’s first time intentionally tripping an opposing player, but this particular incident caused an absolute uproar from analysts, commentators and fans of college ball.

Krzyzewski condemned his star player’s actions at the time and announced his indefinite suspension on the following day. The Duke coach also later stripped Allen of his captain title on the team.

In the time since Allen’s suspension Duke has played just one game against Virginia Tech, which they lost 89-75.

It didn’t take long for Duke’s second-leading scorer to return to the lineup after their ACC opening loss. Allen returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against Georgia Tech and posted 15 points in their 110-57 win against the Yellow Jackets.

Steven Santa Ana #22 of the Elon Phoenix drives against Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils at the Greensboro Coliseum on December 21, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Allen was called for a technical foul at the end of this play. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Coach Krzyzewski certainly didn’t need Allen on the court tonight, but apparently he determined the compulsive tripper had learned his lesson from watching his team lose without him.

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