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Published: Sat, March 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Duke's Grayson Allen denies handshake from Dillon Brooks


CBS solved the Sweet 16's biggest mystery on Friday night when it released audio of the exchange between Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and OR forward Dillon Brooks during the handshake line Thursday night.

Allen was not about it. Not at all.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock in a 'no-doubter, ' Oregon's Dillon Brooks launched and made a three-pointer against the surrendering Blue Devils.

Brooks chose the later, and drained, perhaps unexpectedly, the Curry-range trey.

More Brooks: "I have to respect Duke and got to respect them".

Back in the Duke locker room, players talked to reporters quietly, many with red eyes.

I personally can't tell what Coach K said, but Brooks' body language suggested he was apologizing for something. "I wasn't really trying to say too much".

"If we can't celebrate hitting the shot, then that's part of the game", Altman said.

"They're not that deep", Brooks said of the Blue Devils. I just didn't think he'd make it. So the fuss should be about me telling him to shoot the ball.

"They're strong and athletic", said Duke sophomore guard Grayson Allen, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half but finished 4 for 13 from the field.

Duke was never closer than seven points thereafter and was within single digits only twice in the final 14 minutes, the last at 77-68 with 56 seconds left.

After the game, Brooks was approached in the handshake line by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who appeared to say something to the player (Brooks can be seen mouthing the words "I'm sorry" to Coach K).

During the postgame press conference with Krzyzewski, the coach initially said of his conversation with Brooks: "I just congratulated him". But at the same time that's my fire, that's my passion, and you know that's what got me here today. "I said, 'You're a terrific player".

Then Coach K apparently complained to Brooks about the OR player's supposed showboating.

OR will be playing in a region final for the first time since 2007, and just the third time since 1960, and it is looking for its first trip to the Final Four since before anyone called it the Final Four. "I think we played one of our best games this year". Krzyzewski wasn't happy with that and it looked he told the OR player to go (expletive) himself.

This story would have long blown over had Krzyzewski corroborated that account of the conversation, but the Duke Coach instead vehemently insisted that's not the way it went at all. "Again, it was a 30-footer".

 

 

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