The UConn bench just got a lot shorter for tonight’s game against West Virginia in the Puerto Rico Tip-Of.
Omar Calhoun, Rakim Lubin, Dan Guest and Marcel Lewis were all suspended today what the school termed a “violation of team rules.”
Their playing status will be reevaluated when the Huskies return home, the school announced. UConn’s travel party will fly back to Connecticut Tuesday, though Joe D’Ambrosio of WTIC-AM 1080 tweeted that the foursome has already been sent home.
Calhoun would not have played in Sunday’s game because of a knee injury anyway, while Guest and Lewis are walk-ons and also were unlikely to have seen any action against West Virginia.
But Lubin has been a frontcourt reserve and left the Huskies rather thin up front against Bob Huggins’ team. A 6-foot-8, 260-pound freshman, Lubin averaged five minutes per game through the Huskies’ first three this season.
Thought to be possibly on the verge of a strong comeback season, Calhoun has yet to play this season after spraining his right knee in practice Oct. 26.
AND ANOTHER ONE GONE
UConn was actually down another player on Sunday as Pat Lenehan did not return to the team as expected. Lenehan, a 6-foot-3 former walk-on guard from Cheshire, missed Friday’s win over Dayton because he was in New York for a Rhodes Scholar interview.
Lenehan had originally planned to fly back to San Juan on Saturday evening or Sunday morning to rejoin the team for its final game on the island, but a death in the family forced Lenehan to remain in Connecticut over the weekend instead.