Allen was suspended for a violation coach John Calipari said he couldn’t reveal because of privacy rules. Allen did not travel to San Antonio for the Final Four, counting him out for the national semifinal against UCLA on Saturday and the title game Monday night should Memphis (37-1) get that far.
“Sometimes these guys do stupid things at inopportune times,” Calipari said. “He has.”
Rumor has it that Allen went to the gym following Memphis’ win over Texas and promptly made 100 free throws in a row. This incensed Calipari, who has been insisting all year that inconsistent free throw shooting would ever catch up to his high octane team.
“I really had no choice,” said Calipari, “I love the kid, but rules is rules, and we actually have a couple.”
Allen scored only one basket the last five games and averaged just 3.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 rebounds over 14.1 minutes per game this season. So his absence is likely to affect intangibles more than Xs and Os.
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