Oregon player irritates Duke's Grayson Allen, addressed by Coach K
Grayson Allen and an Oregon player had a moment after the Ducks' win in the Sweet 16.
Oregon put together one of its most impressive performances of the tournament so far, but a late 3-pointer by star Dillon Brooks may have contributed to some displeasure in the team's relations with Duke.
Leading by 11, Brooks pulled the trigger on a 25-foot jumper with nine seconds left. The shot dropped, giving Oregon its 82-68 final and preempting the team's celebration on the court. Since the Ducks are headed to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007 and just beat a school with the talent Duke carries, there was much celebrating.
Grayson Allen, as you might imagine, was not interested in celebrating the loss; especially with Dillon Brooks after that late 3-pointer. Watch as Brooks tries to embrace Allen, only to have his arms brushed off by the Duke star.
Grayson Allen was not having it pic.twitter.com/vAOf4a2aeI— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) March 25, 2016
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski apparently had some words for Oregon's Dillon Brooks after the Ducks' 82-68 win on Thursday night in the Sweet 16. Coach K told CBS Sports' Allie LaForce that he complimented Brooks in the handshake line for being the kind of player that can raise the level of play for his entire team. According to Brooks, the Hall of Famer wanted to discuss his play at the end, which included a 3-pointer with nine seconds left on the clock.
“Coach K is a legend. He just told me that I’m too good of a player to be showing off at the end," Brooks said. "And you know, he’s right. I gotta respect Duke. I’ve gotta respect them. And you’ve gotta learn from these things. He’s one of the greatest coaches."
Krzyzewski's response when asked about the interaction: "You can say whatever you want. Dillon Brooks is a hell of a player. I said, 'You're a terrific player.' And you can take whatever he said and then go with it, all right?"
It stinks that this has become an issue, but the target -- and the cameras -- have been on Grayson Allen since the first tripping incident. I don't think that what Coach K offered was a lecture, but his words, according to Brooks, do seem like good advice for the next time the Oregon star is on a stage this big.
That next big stage will come on Saturday night, when Oregon plays Oklahoma in Anaheim for the a spot in the Final Four.
CBS Sports' Sam Vecenie contributed to this story.
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