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Tale of the tape: Comparing Duke's Grayson Allen and Kansas' Devonte' Graham

Duke's Grayson Allen on his decision to stay at Duke

The Blue Devils' Grayson Allen reflects on his career at Duke and what it is like to be booed during a media availability at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Saturday, March 24, 2018. Duke plays Kansas Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.
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The Blue Devils' Grayson Allen reflects on his career at Duke and what it is like to be booed during a media availability at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Saturday, March 24, 2018. Duke plays Kansas Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

No. 2 seed Duke and No. 1 seed Kansas are both led by senior guards, Grayson Allen for the Blue Devils, and Devonte' Graham for the Jayhawks.

Both players have had historic careers and both are expected to be big factors for their teams in their Elite Eight matchup on Sunday, with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Here's the Allen vs. Graham tale of the tape:

Devonte' Graham

Height: 6-2

Weight: 185

Hometown: Raleigh

Full name: Devonte' Terrell Graham

Nickname: D-Tae

Birthday: Feb. 22, 1995

Instagram followers: 101K

Twitter followers: 64.6K

Recognizable feature on the court: Afro

Points per game: 17.3

Assists per game: 7.4

Turnovers per game: 2.8

Shooting percentage: 39.6

3-point field goal percentage: 40.4

Team record: 30-7

Career points: 1,716

Career assists: 623

Elite 8 appearances: 3

Final Four appearances: 0

National championships: 0

Stats against Duke (Nov. 2016): 13 points (6-for-12), 2 assists

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Best quote about Graham from Self: "I think that his legacy is cemented right now, and he'll go down as one of the all-time greats. He'll have his jersey retired. He's an All-American. He's Player of the Year in our league. But more importantly than that, I think he's the best intangible guy we've ever had here and has as good of leadership qualities as anybody I've ever coached."

Best quote from Graham: "I hated them," Graham said of Duke growing up. "I was a UNC fan, so it was all Tar Heels."

Raleigh's Devonte Graham talks about his Kansas team moving forward to the NCAA Elite 8 where they will face Duke.

Grayson Allen

Height: 6-6

Weight: 205

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Full name: Grayson James Allen

Nickname: G

Birthday: Oct. 8, 1995

Instagram followers: 382K

Twitter followers: 240K

Recognizable feature on the court: White tights

Points per game: 15.6

Assists per game: 4.7

Turnovers per game: 2.2

Shooting percentage: 42.4

3-point field goal percentage: 37.5

Duke's record: 29-7

Career points: 1,984

Career assists: 428

Elite 8 appearances: 2

Final Four appearances: 1

National titles: 1

Stats against Kansas (Nov. 2016): 12 points (4-for-15), 3 assists

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Best quote on Allen from Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski: "I'm so proud of the leader he's developed into. It's so good that he came back for his senior year. And he's become just a much better player and a leader. And the freshmen have benefited greatly from it. They're a really close group. And Grayson being able to handle this the way he has, has been terrific."

Best quote from Allen (on slapping the floor in the zone): "We did it. You can do it. It's about energy and intensity and showing some togetherness on the defensive end and getting a stop."

Alexander, 919-829-4822; @jonmalexander
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