Grayson Allen involved in altercation with Wake players

Krzyzewski, still away from the sidelines as he recovers from back surgery, reportedly summoned his players on Tuesday night, banned them from their own locker room, and told them not to wear Duke gear.

The slide for the Blue Devils has coincided with a leave of absence for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski who is out with back surgery.

Krzyzewski has been watching his No. 17 seeded squad lose three of its last four games, the most recent an 84-82 defeat to unranked NC State in which the team blew a late lead. Wake Forest ended a 25-game ACC road losing streak by winning last Saturday at North Carolina State and a few hours later Duke rallied to overcome Miami.

Duke is just 2-3 with Jeff Capel serving as interim coach since Krzyzewski coached the team on January 4. The losses for Duke in that span came to Florida State, Louisville and NC State. The Blue Devils are just 3-4 in the ACC and look like a far cry from the team that was the consensus preseason No. 1 entering the season.

Freshman Jayson Tatum is scoring 16.5, Grayson Allen is averaging 15.1, while senior Amile Jefferson is averaging 12.7 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who are getting 10.8 points per game from freshman guard Frank Jackson.

The Duke drama hit its peak on Thursday this week when a meeting at coach Mike Krzyzewski's house was made public.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games following a straight-up loss, and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 home games. It was the third time he'd tripped an opposing player in the past year.

The Blue Devils have had a tumultuous season. Wake Forest's star power-forward, John Collins, should have another great game against Duke's weak interior defense, and Duke's star guards, Kennard and Allen will get their healthy share of buckets on offense.

On the other side, Wake Forest suffered a similarly close loss to Syracuse, 81-76, on Monday.

For the Blue Devils, this has been a wildly disappointing season filled with freaky controversies, thus far. It was the most important performance of the season for Duke.

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