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Is Jeff Allen treated fairly by officials?

BOSTON -- Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen has had problems all season stay out of foul trouble. But plenty of observers and fans have raised the question of whether he is handled fairly by officials.

There have been points in his career when Allen has been as well known for his promising athleticism as he has been his disciplinary scrapes. As a freshman, Allen bumped an official after fouling out in a loss at Georgia Tech. Last season, he flipped his middle finger at Maryland fans after fouling out of a loss at Comcast Center. Both incidents resulted in suspensions.

This year, Allen's effectiveness has been limited because of his persisting foul trouble. He has played 20 minutes or less in each of the past three games because of foul trouble. Allen has fouled out twice this season.

The debate about officiating is never-ending, and one that has existed likely as long as sports have. Fans claim their team never gets calls. They gripe that certain teams receive favorable treatment. Everyone bellyaches, and I get that. With their passions stirred, some fans lose any grip on objectivity.

But there have been plenty of fans who seem to believe that Allen's past scrapes affect his current treatment by officials. That debate flared up after Allen was ejected for hitting a Virginia player with an elbow in the Hokies' win there on Jan. 28, because it was questioned whether the play merited his removal from the game.

So this is your chance to give your take, because I'm curious to hear what the overriding opinion is on this topic.

Although it might be a pipe dream, I'd hope everyone could be as clear-minded about this as possible. Yes, there are some instances when Allen is correctly whistled for a foul. But maybe there are other times when he is saddled with a ticky-tack call. On the whole, though, I'd like you to assess his treatment by officials.

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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He seems to be treated unfairly, but he also brings some on himself.

When he fouls out, it seems that he has about two well-earned but reasonable fouls, one or two silly fouls that make you shake your head at Allen, and one or two phantom fouls that make you shake your head at the refs.

Maybe it balances out with all the trips to the free-throw line that Delaney takes...

Posted by: CDRHoek | February 25, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I am a Maryland fan, but have watched Virginia Tech play a few games this year because of how well they have played throughout. The one problem I have with Allen is, when he gets a foul called on him he always seems to have a few choice words for the official. During the Duke game he was called for a legitimate foul, and the camera focused on Allen and you could see him talking to the official and shaking his head. I just think it is that kindof attitude that may frustate officials when they have to deal with him. He is a great athlete however and I hope we can contain him on Saturday.

Posted by: jnolan11 | February 25, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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