No. 17 UConn will be shorthanded when they take on West Virginia in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff Sunday night, as four players have been suspended for a violation of team rules according to multiple media outlets. Omar Calhoun, Dan Guest, Marcel Lewis and Rakim Lubin are the players in question, with their status to be reevaluated upon the team’s return to Storrs.
Of the four players Lubin is one whose absence most impacts the Huskies against West Virginia, as he’s been used as a reserve in the front court. However Lubin played an average of just five minutes per contest in UConn’s first three games, so those minutes could very well go to junior Phillip Nolan.
UConn’s started Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey in each of their first three games, and in instances where head coach Kevin Ollie decides to go with a smaller lineup freshman Daniel Hamilton has seen some time at the four in order to force a mismatch.
As for Omar Calhoun, he’s yet to play this season due to a knee injury suffered in practice. Calhoun struggled last season after undergoing surgery on both hips prior to the 2013-14 season, falling out of the rotation in the latter portion of the regular season.