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Friday, January 20, 2017

College Basketball

Torian Graham flips off Arizona student section (Video)

Arizona State senior guard Torian Graham has apologized for flipping off opposing fans prior to Thursday’s game against rival Arizona.

When teams from Arizona and Arizona State meet, regardless of the sport, it’s generally a big deal. On Thursday, the men’s basketball teams faced each other, and Graham got the Wildcats’ student section fired up before the game.

As Graham headed to the tunnel back to the locker room after warm-ups, he gave a group of Arizona students a double middle finger salute.

His inappropriate actions were captured on video by ABC 15’s Shane Dale.

After the contest, Graham apologized on Twitter and said he was subjected to some racial slurs and reacted poorly.

Arizona got the last laugh as they won 91-75. Graham had 18 points in the loss.

Florida State coach says Grayson Allen did not intentionally shove him

Grayson Allen has developed a reputation for being one of the dirtiest players in college basketball, and he was accused of more of the same antics in Tuesday night’s loss to Florida State. However, the alleged victim claims Allen is being wrongly accused this time around.

Allen jumped into the Florida State bench area while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds in the second half, and he collided with Seminoles assistant coach Dennis Gates in the process. Some felt Allen gave Gates an unnecessary shove. Here is the video:

On Wednesday morning, Gates vehemently defended Allen, calling the play a “great hustle play.”

It’s nearly impossible to tell what Allen’s intention was, and we wouldn’t even be talking about the collision if it involved a different player. After all, this is the guy who was recently suspended for tripping several opponents and appeared to do it again (video here) in just his second game back last weekend.

If Gates did not feel Allen intentionally shoved him, that should be good enough to squash the speculation.

Reggie Jackson bashes Grayson Allen for tripping, short suspension

Grayson Allen

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson took notice of Grayson Allen’s repeatedly flailing legs on Saturday and had some scathing words for the player and, indirectly, the school he plays for.

Allen has once again been criticized for appearing to stick his leg out at an opponent, this time during Saturday’s game against Boston College, which also happens to be Jackson’s alma mater. The Pistons point guard was clearly unimpressed – not only with Allen, but with Duke’s decision to reinstate him after just one game over his previous tripping incident.

Jackson may be a little biased, but his criticism is a familiar one. Allen has an extensive history of this behavior, and even this guy was surprised by the brevity of what was originally an indefinite suspension. Allen has done this so many times, he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt anymore. Seeing that so soon after a suspension is a pretty terrible look.

Kentucky, Arkansas scuffle after Jaylen Barford steps on Isaiah Briscoe (Video)

There’s nothing like some good ol’ SEC brouhaha.

Kentucky defeated Arkansas by the final of 97-71 on Saturday, but tempers flared in the second half when Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe slid in to take the charge from Razorbacks guard Jaylen Barford. Briscoe was on the deck when Barford appeared to intentionally step on him, prompting Briscoe’s teammate De’Aaron Fox to get into Barford’s face.

Fox and Barford both got technical fouls for the incident. Barford claimed after the game that he didn’t intentionally step on Briscoe (per Jimmy Carter of Whole Hog Sports), but can we really expect him to say anything different?

This is the only time these two teams are scheduled to meet this season, which is probably a good thing as there’s clearly no love lost between them.

H/T theScore

UNLV-Utah State women fight results in eight ejections (Video)

UNLV Utah State fight

Eight players were ejected from Saturday’s UNLV-Utah State women’s basketball game for their roles in a big fight that erupted in the second half of the contest.

Utah State was up 36-32 in the third quarter when one of UNLV’s players went down behind the basket. As she was helped up by a few teammates, two players got into it.

UNLV’s Katie Powell shoved Utah State’s Antoina Robinson, leading to a fight breaking out.

Several players left the bench to join in on the brawl.

Robinson and Powell received technical fouls for the fight, while four players from each side were ejected.

UNLV won in overtime 55-53.

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Dillon Brooks ejected for kicking opponent (Video)

Dillon Brooks

Oregon star Dillon Brooks was ejected from the Ducks’ game against Washington State on Saturday for kicking an opponent after missing a shot.

Brooks was on the ground after missing a shot in traffic near the basket and kicked his leg up at Cougars forward Josh Hawkinson’s crotch.

Brooks, who had seven points in six-plus minutes of action, was ejected after being assessed a flagrant 2 foul on the play.

To think: This is the same player Coach K lectured last season. He’d probably be congratulated and promoted to team captain at Duke for such a play.

Connar Tava weighs in on Grayson Allen tripping him

Grayson Allen

The latest Grayson Allen trip victim has weighed in on the controversial actions of the Duke guard.

Connar Tava, a senior forward for Boston College, sent a few tweets about the incident after his squad lost to the Blue Devils 93-82 on Saturday.

Tava noted the pattern of Allen’s repeated trips:

He also cracked a self-deprecating joke about the matter:

Late in the first half of the game, Allen was trying to fight through a screen and kicked his leg behind him at Tava (video here). The incident came in Allen’s second game back from a suspension for tripping an Elon player in late December.

Duke was heavily criticized for the brevity of Allen’s suspension given his history of tripping opponents, which also was under scrutiny last season.

H/T The Spun

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