WATCH: Duke's Grayson Allen knocked a North Carolina player over with his butt

NEW YORK -- Duke's Grayson Allen was assessed a Flagrant 1 technical foul on Friday for knocking over Garrison Brooks with his butt in the first half of the Blue Devils' 75-69  ACC Tournamentsemifinal loss vs. North Carolina.

Here's the incident. 

The crowd, heavy on UNC fans, lustily booed Allen when the video was replayed twice on the video board above. Allen was cordially chatting with UNC senior guard Joel Berry afterward, as Brooks shot his foul shots. 

"Yeah, they got a fast break and I bumped him and fouled him," Allen said when he was asked to explain the play in the postgame press conference. 

When Allen was asked a second time about the incident Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski interjected before Allen could respond. 

"You know, any foul in a game is not -- you don't want any foul in a game," Krzyzewski said. "So that was another foul in a game. Do you think that that was the only time someone was hipped in the game? If he look in the low post, that's going on all the time, so it happened at half court, they got it, it's done, and that didn't win or lose the game."

Allen's mostly dodged any kind of controversy this season, but it's because of his repeated tripping incidents from his sophomore and junior seasons that things like this even become talking points or fodder for internet memes. Fair or not, this is the path he forged.

North Carolina seniors Berry and Theo Pinson stood up for Allen afterward.

"Oh, yeah, I told them, they're always going to get on him about that," Berry said. "Any little trip he does, if he puts a finger on somebody, you know they're going to react. So it's always a joking thing with me and Grayson. I don't have any hatred towards him. We're good friends. We're both from Florida, and we played with each other. But I just told him that you've just got to watch yourself because anything you do like that you know they're going to get on you about. That's why we laughed it off."

Added Pinson: "All of us are good friends. Me and Joel played with him on the same team in the summer. There was nothing -- we're cool with him. Just after the game we told him good game and stuff like that."

North Carolina held on to win 75-69. The Tar Heels will play Virginia on Saturday night for the ACC title. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. This is his 10th season reporting on college basketball for CBS. He also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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