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Four Hofstra players, including leading rebounder Jimmy Hall, arrested on charges of burglary (VIDEO)

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At 3-4 on the season the last thing Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara needed on his plate was an off-court distraction, especially with 7-1 SMU visiting Hempstead on Saturday.

But that’s exactly what he’ll have to deal with, as four players have been arrested and charged in connection with six burglaries on the Hofstra campus. The four players are sophomore Shaquille Stokes and freshmen Dallas Anglin, Jimmy Hall and Kentrell Washington.

The New York Post reported that one of the victims in their string of burglaries was Cassara but the school released a statement saying that Cassara’s items were reported missing in the spring, before any of the players arrived on campus.

All four have been suspended from the university as a result of their legal situation, and it’s very difficult to see any of them returning to the program. In fact, they’ve already been removed from the roster on the team website.

Stokes, who received an eligibility waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Hawaii at the end of last season, is averaging 10.0 points and 2.7 assists per contest with the latter number ranking second on the team. Hall, who is second on the team with an average of 12.7 points per contest, leads the Pride in rebounding with an average of 9.4 boards per game.

Anglin and Washington are both averaging at least 14 minutes per game, but the big losses are Stokes and Hall. Stokes has been a welcome addition to the Hofstra rotation, especially when considering the fact that an early suspension followed by knee issues have kept UConn transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel off the floor.

As for Hall, he’s been one of the best freshmen in the CAA and his activity on the glass at both ends of the floor will be difficult to replace.

Stokes was charged with five counts of second degree burglary with Hall being charged for four counts, Washington two and Anglin one. According to Newsday the four players were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Friday, and things got interesting after the hearing.

While many will say that the family member was out of line in his reaction to the camera man, there’s also the argument that at a certain point the camera man could have left him alone. But regardless of which side of the argument anyone may fall on, this was an ugly day for all involved.

Video credit: New York Post

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

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.

Oklahoma State without Jawun Evans, questionable moving forward

Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) goes up for a shot between Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Oklahoma State won 86-67. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Oklahoma State’s star point guard was not in the lineup on Saturday against No. 13 Iowa State.

Evans injured his shoulder in the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and was ruled out of Saturday’s game.

According to the school, his official status moving forward is questionable. The Pokes are just 11-11 on the season and likely need to earn the Big 12’s at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. It makes sense to let him get healthy.

Evans was averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 boards this season, but he had been arguably the best point guard in the Big 12 during league play, averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 assists.