Louisville has suspended junior forward Chane Behanan indefinitely because of a violation of university policy, according to reports from Louisville columnist Eric Crawford.
“Chane Behanan is no longer a part of our basketball team. He has been suspended by the university,” Crawford quoted Louisville coach Rick Pitino as saying.
Pitino added: “It’s multiple things. Don’t ask what it is, we’re not going to tell you.”
The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Louisville won the NCAA championship.
As Crawford pointed out, Behanan had 21 points and 17 rebounds in the second halves of the national semifinals and the final.
Pitino said 6-5 junior Wayne Blackshear would play the 4 spot in Behanan’s place.
Louisville also has 6-8 sophomore Montrezl Harrell, who played exceptionally well in the Big East championship game and at times during the NCAA Tournament.
“I honestly think we’re a legitimate 2, 3, 4 in the country without Chane bcause you put Montrezl Harrell out there more,” Pitino said.
He also mentioned that the team would focus on fouling in the backcourt now, instead of the frontcourt.
“If we foul other teams, it’s in the backcourt. It’s less in the frontcourt,” he said.
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