Grayson Allen got a taste of his own medicine Tuesday night, as he tangled with an opponent’s leg and flew headfirst onto the hardwood floor.
This particular opponent, Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, had a personal incentive to take out college basketball’s most-wanted serial tripper, whether he did it intentionally or not. Rathan-Mayes was one of Allen’s earliest victims in what became an alarming trend of deliberate trips that carried over into a disgraced junior season for the Duke All-American.
When the two teams met last season on Feb. 25, Allen suspiciously extended his left leg behind him while Rathan-Mayes started to break for the in-bounds pass, causing him to fall directly to the court. Allen, who was whistled on the play, then held his hands up to the referee in disbelief without helping Rathan-Mayes up.
Two months after Allen was suspended one game for repeated offenses, Tuesday’s debatable run-in reminds us how many enemies he’s likely made along the way.
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