Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday Updates: UConn Suspensions and More

Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun announced on Friday that Husky sophomore guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins were suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Neither played traveled with the team for its trip to Indiana today. "It obviously isn't something that is making me particularly happy," Calhoun said. "This particular suspension is mine, no one else's. I took the action based upon what I felt was in the best interest of our basketball team and the university." He made the decision to suspend them right before the team boarded a bus to go to the airport. Although no official word on why they were suspended has been released, various rumors are swirling around that it had to do with Dyson and Wiggins getting caught smoking marijuana. Dyson is averaging 14.3 points per game, while Wiggins is putting up 6.6 per game.

Crawford Out for Today's Game

Kentucky senior guard Joe Crawford will not play against South Carolina today due to a foot injury he aggravated in the Wildcats' last game against Tennessee. He has plantar fasciitis and has practiced on a very limited basis the past couple of days. Head coach Billy Gillispie was optimistic on Friday. “He hasn’t been able to practice hardly at all since we played,” Gillispie said. “I don’t know if he’ll be able to play, but hopefully he will.” Crawford is dressed in street clothes and has a boot on his left foot. Jodie Meeks started in Crawford's place.

Two Starters Injured for Wake Forest

Wake Forest sophomores L.D. Williams and Chas McFarland both suffered injuries in the Demon Deacons' loss to Clemson this week. Williams, a 6-foot-4 swingman, broke a bone in his right hand and will miss three weeks, while McFarland, a 7-foot center, sprained a knee. He is day-to-day after an MRI revealed no structural damage.

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