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Mum’s the word for Louisville forward Chane Behanan this semester

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There have been questions and speculation amongst Louisville fans in regards to the silence of sophomore forward Chane Behanan.

And after Louisville’s second intra-squad scrimmage, which was won 85-74 by the Red team, on Sunday head coach Rick Pitino addressed the situation.

Behanan has been given a gag order of sorts, as he has been banned from speaking to the media for the entire fall semester and will also have to sit out the Cardinals’ November 1 exhibition against Pikeville.

Why was Behanan banned from speaking and suspended from the team’s first exhibition? It looks to be a teachable moment and not much more than that.

Pitino said Sunday that Behanan was involved in some unspecified ”incidents” this summer and was warned that another would lead to him missing games.

I spoke to a source close the situation tonight who confirmed that Pitino is true to his word.

“Pitino is telling the media accurate information,” the source explained. “Chane broke curfew a couple of times this summer. There may have been some Twitter and Facebook things, too.”

In Pitino’s post-scrimmage press conference he said that the disciplinary action wasn’t a big deal and Behanan will be fine.

“Rules are rules,” said Pitino. “If you tell your son to be home by midnight and he comes home at 2 AM what are you going to tell your son? Don’t do it next time? And what if he does it again, what are you going to tell him?”

In Sunday’s scrimmage the sophomore finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Last season Behanan averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and he reached double figures in scoring in all five of the Cardinals’ NCAA tournament games.

While the Cardinals are a deep basketball team they can’t afford for a talented player like Behanan to have issues, so there really isn’t any harm in Pitino making sure the offseason message gets through now as opposed to allowing things to fester.

Also of note in the scrimmage was that senior point guard Peyton Siva rolled an ankle and George Mason transfer Luke Hancock scored a game-high 29 points.

Pitino didn’t sound concerned about Siva’s injury, and stated that a positive in the preseason Big East Player of the Year playing just seven minutes is that it gave Hancock more time at the point.

“We’re going to have to use him there,” Pitino said. “You can see when he came off the pick and roll the difference between him and Russ. Russ was looking to score every time, and he (Luke) was looking to throw a lob dunk and set somebody up.”

Kevin Ware also saw minutes at the point on Sunday, and the more options the Cardinals have in regards to handling the ball the better when considering just how banged up Siva was last season.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Collin Sexton with a trick shot for the ages

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Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.

It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.

     RELATED: Making A Five Star

He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:

Lonzo Ball struggled on UCLA’s Australian tour

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UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.

There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:

– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.

– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:

UCLA needs to travel with more towels.

VIDEO: Mixtape for ton ten prospect Hamidou Diallo

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Hamidou Diallo is arguably the most in-demand scoring guard in the country.

He currently holds offers from Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville, among many others, and in the mixtape above, you can see why. He’s has explosive as any guard that has come through college basketball since Zach LaVine, which is why his mixtapes are so enjoyable to watch.

Plus, the beat that Ball Is Life uses here is sick.

LOS ANGELES, CA. JULY 26, 2016. The Academy. Hamidou Diallo #33 of Putnam Science Academy dunks. (Mandatory photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike).
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Former Michigan State star arrested for third time in four months

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For the third time since May, former Michigan State star Keith Appling has been arrested in an incident involving a loaded gun.

According to police, Appling was the driver of a car that was pulled over on Sunday night in Detroit. After an officer detected the scent of marijuana and requested Appling’s license, Appling rolled up his window sped off. He was stopped a short time later, but officers noticed that a Gucci bag that was in the back seat his car was missing. As they went over the route of the pursuit, they found the bag, which contained a loaded handgun and paperwork with Appling’s name on it.

In June, Appling was arrested when, during a traffic stop, he was in the back seat of a car where a handgun was found in the floorboard. That happened a month after he was arrested in the parking lot of a Dearborn, Michigan, strip club when a handgun and a loaded AK-47 were found in his car.

Tennessee football to honor Pat Summitt with helmet sticker

KNOXVILLE, TN - JULY 14:  Flower wreaths line the wall at Pat Summitt Plaza before the start of a ceremony to celebrate the life of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at the Thompson-Boling Arena on July 14, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Photo by Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics - Pool/Getty Images)
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Tennessee’s football team will be wearing a commemorative sticker on their helmet this season to honor the late Pat Summitt.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols for nearly four decades, building the women’s basketball program into a goliath in the sport and simultaneously doing more than just about anyone to advance women’s athletics in this country while becoming the winningest Division I college coach of all-time.

“We’re excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” football coach Butch Jones said. “We know everything she stands for. I think it’s very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything she means to the University of Tennessee and state of Tennessee.”

The stickers will look like this:

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