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BOZICH | Pitino suspends Chris Jones for Syracuse game

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville basketball team has struggled all season to develop a fifth scoring option. If the Cards expect to win at Syracuse Wednesday night, Louisville will have to develop a fourth- and fifth-scoring option.

Why?

The Cards announced Tuesday that starting guard Chris Jones has been suspended for a violation of team rules and will not play against the Orange. Jones did not travel with the team, which flew on a private charter to New York Tuesday afternoon. 

A week ago U of L coach Rick Pitino sat Jones for the final 12 minutes of the Pittsburgh game and then declined to answer any questions about him because Pitino did not want to say anything critical of the player. 


"I don't want to comment on Chris because I'll say something negative," Pitino said after the Cards defeated the Panthers last Wednesday. "He had a bad night."


Pitino did not have a press conference to discuss the Syracuse game on Tuesday.

Jones, a senior, is averaging 13.6 points this season. He has started 24 of 25 games for the Cards and is Louisville's third leading scorer. After Louisville lost to North Carolina State Saturday, Pitino was unhappy with the defensive performance of Jones and Terry Rozier, his other starting guard.

The only guards to start for Louisville this season other than Jones and Rozier have been David Levitch (one game) and Shaqquan Aaron (one game).


Freshman Quentin Snider is the top candidate to replace Jones in the U of L lineup.


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