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Kansas suspends Brannen Greene six games

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While freshman forward Cheick Diallo will get to make the trip west for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, one of his teammates will not.

Friday morning head coach Bill Self announced that junior wing Brannen Greene has been suspended six games for “conduct detrimental to the team.” That rules him out for the Jayhawks’ three games in Maui, beginning with their matchup with hosts Chaminade on Monday.

Greene will be allowed to practice with the team upon their return, but he’ll miss games against Loyola (MD), Harvard and Holy Cross. The first game Greene, who’s averaging 12.0 points per game and hasn’t missed a shot from the field (6-for-6 FG, 5-for-5 3PT), will be available for is the Jayhawks’ game against Oregon State December 12.

Not having Greene in Maui means that Kansas will be short a perimeter shooter, which is important when considering the fact that Wayne Selden Jr. is 5-for-12 from three through two games and Devonte’ Graham is just 2-for-10. Already important scoring options, those two will need to be even better from a perimeter shooting standpoint in order to give Kansas the offensive spacing they need for their big men to be successful in the post.

Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford explains how he reacted to Marcus Smart shoving incident

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Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford spoke at Sunday evening’s press conference regarding Marcus Smart’s suspension following a shoving incident involving Texas Tech “superfan” Jeff Orr.

On Tuesday morning Ford appeared on ESPNU’s Katz’s Korner with host Andy Katz to discuss more specifically the situation which unfolded on Saturday evening with six second remaining in the Cowboys’ third consecutive loss.

Kelly Hines, of the Tulsa World, transcribed the interview on Tuesday afternoon.

Ford declined to comment on the specifics of what was said to Smart, citing that he was not there to hear it firsthand. He was also unaware that Smart was in an altercation with a fan. The Oklahoma State bench was at the far end of the court during that incident, and Ford was under the impression, even after discussing it with an official, that Smart had shoved an opposing player on the floor.

“But I know a lot of people are saying I should have done this or should have done that, but I had six seconds left,” Ford told Katz. “I had to get the guys (together) who were actually out there. I took Marcus out, got our security guy with him and I had to regroup our guys who were actually in the game, trying to figure out how to end the game and give ourselves an opportunity to win it. There were still six seconds left, so there was still time for us to make a shot if they missed free throws. … But once I saw it – because I did not see it until even after my press conference – I saw what had happened. … Once I saw the tape, he was very, very calm as he fouled the guy and fell into kind of the cameraman and into the fans a little bit. He was still very calm because there were a couple of fans who actually helped him up and he was very calm, and then all of a sudden you could see something was said and he just turned around in a split second and made a major, major mistake.”

Many questioned as to why Smart wasn’t ejected from the game, though Big 12 officials do not have the authority to do so. That’s why Smart remained on the floor. As Ford said, there was still time for an unlikely comeback especially after Jaye Crockett made it a two-possession game with a pair of free throws. Fans stormed the floor immediately as the buzzer sounded while Smart was still on the floor, upset over the events that occurred moments earlier.

Three days later, Ford admits he should have sent Smart to the locker room in hindsight.

“Yes, we could have taken him straight to the locker room and probably should have at that point,” Ford told ESPNU. “He was not thrown out of the game. … I took him out of the game at that particular time. Now should we have taken him on to the locker room, right now looking at it, yes.”

Oklahoma State begins its first of three games without Smart on Tuesday night against No. 15 Texas.

Metta World Peace comments on Marcus Smart-Texas Tech fan shoving incident

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By now you’ve seen the video. In the late stages of Oklahoma State’s upset loss to Texas Tech, Marcus Smart shoved Texas Tech “supefan” Jeff Orr.

Smart’s altercation with a fan in the stands immediately, and unfairly, was compared to the Pacers-Pistons brawl from 2004. Known as the Malice in the Palace, Ron Artest along with several other Pacers fought Piston in the stands after a person in attendance threw a beer at Artest.

Artest has since changed his name to Metta World Peace and is currently a member of the Knicks. On Sunday morning, he had a Q & A with Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater of NewsOK.com to discuss the Marcus Smart incident from the previous night.

(More: Marcus Smart shoves a Texas Tech fan)

When Slater asked if fans have the right to scream at players:

“If a fan screams something at me, I don’t know what that person has been through, you know,” World Peace said. “He could have or she could have grown up rough or maybe in a single family household. I don’t know what would make somebody scream negative things at somebody, maybe they’re just having fun. In a pro game, I’ve learned to accept it because they pay to watch us play and hey, I appreciate it. Then I go home and I finish watching Breaking Bad. It’s that simple for me. I’m actually on House of Cards now. I just finished Breaking Bad. I wish there was a Season 6 actually, because Breaking Bad was amazing. Have you seen it?

(More: Marcus Smart should be punished, but were his actions warranted?)

When asked what advice he’d give Smart if he could:

“He’s a young kid,” World Peace said. “I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things.”

Artest was handed a 73-game suspension (in addition to 13 postseason games) for his part in the 2004 brawl. Smart will likely face some sort of suspension as wel, whether it’s from the university or the Big 12 Conference. This story is still unfolding since we don’t even know what Orr said to provoke Smart.

It’s an unfortunate situation for a 19-year-old to be in, but hopefully he can learn from it. Same can be said for fans who need to learn that a ticket does not give them the right to act in such a manner like Saturday in Lubbock or earlier in the day at Arizona State.

Report: Details of Stevie Clark’s arrest released

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Oklahoma State freshman point guard Stevie Clark was arrested on Wednesday morning during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana.

He wasn’t charged, but we now know the details of the arrest, which were in a police report obtained by Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World.

Clark was in a car driven by Marcus Caddell, a classmate from Oklahoma City Douglass High School. Clark was riding in the front seat without his seat belt on, which is why the car was stopped.

From Hines’ story:

After approaching the car, the officer noticed small pieces of marijuana on Clark’s shorts and between his legs.

Asked how much marijuana was in the car, Clark “could not speak but shook his head no” in response, according to the report. Clark reached into a side pocket in the passenger door and pulled out a half-filled marijuana blunt.

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According to the report, Caddell said the marijuana was his and he didn’t want Clark to get into trouble. Caddell and Clark were arrested on complaints of marijuana possession while the other occupant was released at the scene.

Clark declined to speak to the police. He was averaging 7.0 points and 3.7 assists in 16 minutes off the bench this season, but was suspended for four games earlier in the year and did not make the trip to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic.

Oklahoma State’s Stevie Clark suspended from the team

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Oklahoma State freshman point guard Stevie Clark has been suspended from the team.

He did not play in Monday night’s win over South Florida and according to The Oklahoman, he was not with the team in Tampa.

“Stevie Clark is not currently with the Cowboys due to personal matters,” head coach Travis Ford said in a statement. “He continues to be a valued member of the Cowboy Basketball family. The timetable for his return will be evaluated in the near future.”

Clark was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school and was averaging 9.8 points and 5.0 assists in four games.

Oregon makes it official: Dominic Artis and Ben Carter will miss nine games

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Oregon has made it official: point guard Dominic Artis and big man Ben Carter, both of whom could have started for the Ducks in Friday’s season kickoff against Georgetown in South Korea, will be suspended for nine games.

The pair will be allowed to play on Dec. 17th, when the Ducks host UC Irvine. That means that they’ll miss important non-conference games against the likes of Georgetown, Ole Miss and Illinois.

The good news? Oregon has a trio of transfers that are eligible immediately in Jason Calliste, Joseph Young and Mike Moser. They have the depth to overcome the loss of these two guys, but that doesn’t mean they won’t feel the loss. If there is a silver lining here, it is that Dana Altman will be able to get two games in with his full lineup before conference play kicks off on January 2nd.

Artis and Carter were suspended for selling limited edition shoes that were given to them for being members of the Oregon basketball team. It may be silly, but it very much is an NCAA violation.