Roughly an hour before tipoff, it was announced that UNC forward Isaiah Hicks was scratched due to a strained left hamstring suffered during Wednesday’s practice. The Tar Heels hung strong despite losing out on Hicks’ 13-point, 6-rebound nightly average, as Justin Jackson dropped 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Joel Berry II overcame a rough start to finish with 15. The story of the game, however, was clearly Allen.
NBA-type move here from Jayson Tatum. pic.twitter.com/xmKej2hp5l— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 10, 2017
The preseason All-American appears to have finally put the tripping incidents behind him. He was locked in right from the get-go, with his lone blemish being that he fouled out with 1:02 to play. Allen is averaging 21.5 points over Duke’s four-game winning streak, converting on 20 of 41 three-point attempts (49 percent) during this red-hot stretch. The 6-foot-5 guard’s heroics on Thursday adds some serious intrigue to the race for the ACC regular-season title. UNC drops to 9-3 in league play with the loss, sliding the Tar Heels into a first-place tie with Florida State. Virginia is next at 8-3, Syracuse is 8-4, and Duke and Louisville are both 7-4. The Tobacco Road rivalry resumes on March 4th, when Duke travels to UNC in the final regular season affair for both teams. Photo: @ESPNU Follow Mike on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
Good Lord, Grayson Allen. That's filthy. pic.twitter.com/36SxAdHi0Q— Mike McCurry (@Mike_McCurry16) February 10, 2017