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Dayton center Matt Kavanaugh suspended for the entire 2012-13 season

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With Dayton losing three of its top six scorers from last season’s 20-win team and center Josh Benson returning from a torn ACL, much was to be expected of senior center Matt Kavanaugh in 2012-13.

But the Flyers will have to make do without Kavanaugh’s services this season, as it was reported that the 6-9 Centreville, Ohio native was suspended for violations of the University of Dayton Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct.

As a result of the suspension, which covers the remainder of the academic year, the player who was named a co-captain will have to miss the entire 2012-13 campaign.

“When something like this happens, it’s a very serious matter,” athletic director Tim Wabler said. “Our student-athletes are students first and athletes after that and are expected to live as part of the community of the University of Dayton.

“This is quite a jolt to the program. But what we really need to focus on are the student-athletes who are left in the program and coaches to make sure they know they have our full support.”

Kavanaugh averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest last season, with the latter number leading the returnees.

This is a big loss for the Flyers, but as it was noted above at least head coach Archie Miller has Benson back in the fold.

Benson, who is also a senior, played just 14 games last season before going down with the season-ending injury against Ole Miss.

6-9 sophomore Alex Gavrilovic and 6-9 freshmen Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott will also factor into the rotation, with Gavrilovic averaging 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game last year.

Clearly the Flyers will have bodies to call on this season with Kavanaugh out, but they became a much younger team in the paint.

And given how strong the Atlantic 10 will be, that may prove to be a problem for Dayton.

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

VIDEO: Nebraska’s Shavon Shields stretchered off after scary fall

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Nebraska forward Shavon Shields was stretchered off of the floor after a scary fall as the Huskers were taking on Rutgers.

Nebraska was up by 17 in the second half when Shields bit on a pump fake and tried to block a Rutgers player’s shot. But his momentum carried him over the player’s shoulder, and he landed on what appeared to be up upper back, neck and right shoulder.

Here is the video. Be warned: it’s a nasty fall:

According to the broadcast, Shields lost consciousness on the floor and was taken to a local hospital.

Rick Pitino: ‘We should be penalized … but not this team’

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One of the biggest storylines of Saturday’s college basketball schedule had everything to do with a team that no longer matters in the championship picture.

Less than 24 hours after being informed that the school would be imposing a postseason ban that will leave the Cardinals out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, No. 19 Louisville tipped off against Boston College, and they did so without leading scorer Damion Lee, who is battling a knee issue.

How would the team respond to the decision — the despicable, shameful decision — that the university’s president made?

Well, it seems.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 79-47 win over an overmatched Boston College team in the Yum! Center.

And head coach Rick Pitino, after the quote, said exactly what everyone is thinking.

“We should be penalized, no question about it,” he said. “But not this team. But the NCAA didn’t make that decision. We made that decision.”

He’s totally right. The school sacrificed the season — and the only shot that a pair of fifth-year seniors would get to play in the NCAA tournament — to protect the school, the brand and the bottom-line moving forward. Like I said earlier, it’s despicable.

But credit the Cardinals for responding.

Because they still have something on the line. They’re just a game out of first place in the ACC, and while an ACC regular season title isn’t a shot to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s still a banner that would probably mean more to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis than any league title has meant to a Louisville player before.