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Did Coach K lecture Oregon player? Grayson Allen reject handshake at end of Duke game?

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Oregon forward Elgin Cook dives for a loose ball as Duke guard Grayson Allen looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif.
Oregon forward Elgin Cook dives for a loose ball as Duke guard Grayson Allen looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. AP

When he’s not tripping opponents, Duke basketball player Grayson Allen is shunning them after losses. And all of that probably played a role in him ignoring Oregon star Dillon Brooks at the end of the game. The snub came seconds after Brooks had just gone into Stephen Curry mode by draining a deep 3-pointer when Oregon already had the game in the bag.

That, coupled with some apparent trash talk during the game, was too much for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Brooks said Coach K lectured him on sportsmanship following the game. To nobody’s surprise, Coach K denied the encounter.

Brooks told SI.com that Krzyzewski scolded him for his behavior, telling him he was “too good of a player to be showing off at the end.” The Oregon star conceded Krzyzewski was right, adding “I have to learn from those things.”

In a bizarre turn of events, Yahoo! Sports reported, Krzyzewski insisted that’s not the way the conversation went at all. When asked what he said to Brooks after the game, Krzyzewski initially said he congratulated Brooks and told him he’s “a terrific player,”

When later informed how Brooks described the conversation, Krzyzewski became defensive, wrote Yahoo!’s Jeff Eisenberg.

“I didn’t say that,” Krzyzewski said. “You can say whatever you want. Dillon Brooks is a hell of a player. I said, ‘You’re a terrific player.’ And you can take whatever he said and then go with it, all right?”

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