A tough foul on a Duke participant’s breakaway may have ended loads worse, however was greater than sufficient to warrant an ejection.
Clemson guard David Collins was assessed a flagrant 2 foul, which is an computerized ejection, after hitting Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. onerous whereas the ahead was in mid-air throughout Thursday’s recreation. Moore had stolen the ball from Collins on the earlier possession and had a simple path to 2 factors.
The ensuing collision triggered Moore to land onerous on the ground, however fortuitously did not damage him sufficient to take him out of the sport.
Collins did not even wait till the tip of the sport to elucidate himself, as he posted an announcement on his Instagram story claiming he he had merely misplaced management of his momentum whereas attempting to dam Moore from behind.
The total assertion:
“I used to be going to attempt to block it from behind however I used to be going too quick and I could not cease I spotted I wanted to cease when it was too late I by no means have been a grimy participant by no means will I want bro a wholesome season and I by no means tried to harm anyone however I do know everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion I’ve respect in the direction of Duke and Clemson and I apologize to all people for a reckless play I am glad Wendell is okay “
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski slammed the play after the sport, although held off from straight criticizing Collins:
Collins, a senior in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from South Florida, exited the sport with zero factors, three rebounds, one help and two fouls. He entered Thursday averaging 11 factors and 6.9 rebounds per recreation and taking pictures 52.3 p.c from the sphere and 44.1 p.c from deep.