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Published: Mon, January 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Grayson Allen Smacked in Face; Duke Loses

Grayson Allen Smacked in Face; Duke Loses

If an indefinite - which turned out to be a single game - suspension wasn't enough, Louisville fans and guard Donovan Mitchell brewed up their own justice for Grayson Allen.

Without head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils are floundering and for the first time have lost two games in a row.Other than a few highlight-reel dunks against UNLV, Allen has had trouble reaching the lofty National Player of the Year projections many anticipated.When he wasn't kissing the floor, Allen was doing more tripping Saturday - although this one seemed innocent.

The Louisville basketball team was able to beat Duke on Saturday, which just added to the long list of good opponents the Cardinals have beaten in the 2016-2017 season. As Mitchell quickly pulled his arm from Allen's grasp, his off arm swung around to launch him back onto his feet - slapping Allen in the face in the process. Pitino didn't only speak of the incident with Mitchell, but actually went out of his way to defend Allen's tripping incidents. After the game, him and I talked.

"You can't let that consume you, because then that takes you out of your game because that's how he plays and he's used to that", Mitchell said. I think he's a terrific young man who made a mistake, and you know, he made three of them. "And I thought that's what happened to us today".

He responded with a scoring effort reminiscent of last season, when he was first-team all-ACC and averaged 21.6 points per game.

With that being said, we'll take a win no matter how it comes about. "At the end of the day, he's a kid, and you kind of feel for that". He's a great player.

"They're still not up to speed", Capel said.

"Look, you're on the road, that's supposed to happen", Capel said. If (that team) has a good crowd, and I think these people have a good crowd.

Now Mitchell and his coach, Rick Pitino, are standing up for Allen.

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