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Grayson Allen returns as starter for Duke after 1-game suspension
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Grayson Allen returns as starter for Duke after 1-game suspension
Wednesday January 4th, 2017

Duke guard Grayson Allen returned to the lineup against Georgia Tech after serving a one game suspension for tripping an Elon player, the team announced before tip-off on Wednesday.

On Dec. 22, Allen deliberately tripped Elon guard Steven Santa Ana, his third such in-game transgression of the 2016 calendar year. He sat out Duke's loss to Virginia Tech over the weekend and was stripped of his team captaincy by head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Allen scored 15 points in a 110–57 Duke blowout victory.

The incident and its handling sparked controversy and opinion around college basketball. Allen, a junior, reclaimed his starting role immediately. His suspension had originally been deemed indefinite. Allen is averaging 16 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Blue Devils.

Coach K’s injury latest setback in bizarre Duke season

Also in Duke’s lineup Wednesday is freshman forward Harry Giles, who will make his first start of the season after returning from a knee injury.

The Blue Devils are soon to be without Krzyzewski on the sidelines as he prepares to take a leave of absence to recover from back surgery. Assistant Jeff Capel will coach in his stead beginning this weekend.

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