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UConn big man Tyler Olander charged with DUI, suspended indefinitely (UPDATED)

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UConn big man Tyler Olander has been indefinitely suspended from the team, the school announced.

The cause?

The dreaded unspecified violation of team rules. Those’ll get you every time.

(UPDATE: Olander was arrested and charged with DUI, according to Neill Ostrout of the Journal-Inquirer:

Olander was pulled over on Route 195 by state police at 10:49 Saturday night. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, operating (or towing) an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle in violation of classification.

Oh, and Olander apparently doesn’t have a driver’s license.

Two arrests in the span of six months is not a good thing.)

Olander, who will be a senior this season, averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 boards last season for the Huskies. He started 26 games last year and has been a part-time starter in the program since the end of the 2010-2011 season, when he helped UConn with a national title.

But Olander’s also been in trouble before. A couple of weeks after breaking his foot and missing the end of the 2012-2013 season, Olander was arrested while on Spring Break in Panama City, FL. It was 2 a.m. and he reportedly was refusing to leave a condominium. Olander also isn’t the only UConn front court player to run into legal troubles, as center Enosch Wolf was suspended from the team at the end of last season after getting arrested in a domestic dispute. He eventually left school and went pro in Germany this summer.

At this point, there’s no reason to assume that Olander’s suspension will result in any missed playing time, as this offseason suspensions tend to remain in the offseason. But if he does, that puts in the Huskies in a major hole up front.

UConn lacks size up front, and the big guys they do have tend to be twigs; Olander is the only player on the roster listed at more than 218 pounds, and he’s the only guy heavier than 205 pounds that’s likely to see major minutes. Deandre Daniels is talented, but he’s more of a wing than he is a presence in the paint. Philip Nolan and Kentan Facey has some upside, but they are both young and need to spend quite a bit of time in the weight room. Leon Tolksdorf is a German kid that played 11 games last year. Amida Brimah is a seven-footer from Miami that picked the Huskies over Old Dominion, Florida International, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech.

The Huskies have guards on guards on guards, but without their veteran in the paint, this team is going to be battered and bruised on the blocks.

Brooks’ big game leads No. 15 Oregon over Fresno State 78-73

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Dillon Brooks had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Oregon staved off a late rally by Fresno State for a 78-73 victory Monday night.

Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook added 14 points each for the Ducks (6-0), who led 70-52 with 6:35 to play before Marvelle Harris scored 13 points in a 16-2 run by the Bulldogs (5-1) that cut the deficit to four.

A driving layup by Brooks put Oregon up 74-68 with 1:20 left, and the Ducks held on by making four of six free throws in the final 45 seconds.

Harris, who didn’t score until the 12:04 mark of the second half, led Fresno State with 18 points, while Paul Watson added 11 and Torren Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 41-32 behind Jones and Karachi Edo, who had nine rebounds and 10 points.

Freshman Tyler Dorsey, Oregon’s leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, finished with 12.

The Ducks scored the game’s first 11 points, went up by as many as 14 and took a 37-25 halftime lead. The Ducks did most of the damage from inside the 3-point arc (9 of 10) and at the free throw line, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-5.

Fresno State, meanwhile, missed its first six shots from the field, shot 29.0 percent (9 of 31) and saw its top two scorers, Harris and Cezar Guerrero, held scoreless for the first 20 minutes.

The senior guards came in averaging 20.2 and 13.2 points per game, respectively.


Fresno State: Harris, the preseason choice for Mountain West Conference player of the year, needed one point to crack the Bulldog’s all-time top 10 in scoring. After going scoreless in the first half, he finished with 18 to rank 10th with 1,425, one behind Tod Bernard in ninth place, in 107 career games. . The Bulldogs fell to 2-10 all-time against Oregon. They last time they beat the Ducks, who have won the last five meetings, was in 1995. . Fresno State hasn’t beaten a Top 25 team on the road since 2000.

Oregon: The double-double was the second of the season Brooks and fourth of his career. . The Ducks are 40-2 against nonconference opponents since moving into Matthew Knight Arena five years ago. . The 6-0 start is Oregon’s second in the last nine years. The Ducks started 13-0 two seasons ago.

No. 1 Kentucky survives without Tyler Ulis in lineup

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Less than a week after giving No. 2 Maryland all they could handle, Illinois State went into Lexington and gave No. 1 Kentucky fits.

The Redbirds never really threatened UK in the second half, but they went into the break tied and were within single digits down the stretch, eventually losing 75-63.

Kentucky was flustered. They turned the ball over 15 times compared to just eight assists, they shot 2-for-12 from three and just 29-for-46 (63 percent) from the charity stripe. They simply did not handle Illinois State’s pressure all that well.

And there was a reason for that.

Tyler Ulis didn’t play.

Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate just what a player brings to a team until that player is not in the lineup, and that was precisely the case with Ulis on Monday night. It was crystal clear what he provides Kentucky. Beyond leadership and the ability to break a press without throwing the ball to the other team, he’s a calming presence. He doesn’t get rattled when a defender is harassing him and he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a situation like a mid-major threatening the No. 1 team in the country in their own gym.

He’s everything you look for in a pure point guard, and for as good as Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe have looked at times this season, it should be crystal clear who the most important player on this Kentucky team is.