The career of college basketball’s biggest villain came to a close on Sunday when Grayson Allen’s Duke Blue Devils lost 85-81 in an overtime thriller against Kansas. It was one final time to see the villain go down.
With the clock winding down, Allen took the final shot in regulation. A spot in the Final Four was on the line. If he made it, his shot would be included with the likes of former Duke villain Christian Laettner.
But he missed it.
It rolled around the rim before falling off. Haters around the nation rejoiced. Allen’s career, which seemed to last for eight years, was finally over and we couldn’t be happier.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 25, 2018
To be fair, Allen has never been in trouble with the law. He was an academic All-American his entire time at Duke. He never did anything heinous compared to stuff that is common in the NFL but he follows the long tradition of Duke villains like Laettner and J.J. Redick and the dislike is warranted.
His antics became tiresome as well as the enabling from his coach and media apologists (Dukies are everywhere in the media it seems-Seth Davis, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams not to mention Dukie Vitale). After his third or fourth time tripping someone, you rooted for someone to Conor McGregor him in the jaw.
Fans hate dirty players and rightfully so. Allen is a dirty player and what bothered so many is he would be obtuse about it. He wasn’t Bill Lamebeer who would be dirty and own it. No. He would be like the rich kid at school, do something when the teacher wasn’t looking and then act innocent while going unpunished.
Then there was the incident against Elon last season where Allen had a meltdown on the bench after tripping a player. His behavior on the bench appeared to be reminiscent of a child who had never been held accountable.
This went on and on with media and Coach K giving him a pass. But fans didn’t. They let him hear it every time he left the sanctuary of Cameron Indoor and it’s why everyone outside of Duke and their media mouthpieces lit up with joy when Allen finished his final game going 3 of 13 and missing clutch shot after clutch shot.
But don’t pity him. Allen was a great college basketball player and finished his career with 1,996 points, won a national championship in 2015 and is headed to the NBA where he’s sure to have a long career as a role player and less likely to trip someone.
If that doesn’t work out, you can be sure that ESPN is set to offer him a lifetime contract because who doesn’t need more Duke fanboys slobbering over the Blue Devils in the media?
Allen’s time of being the villain has come and gone. He’s now joins his Cobra Kai-like brethren in Duke lore, just waiting for the next player to come up the ranks and take his place as the “bad guy.”