The University of Louisville men's basketball team will play at Virginia tonight with just seven scholarship players.
U of L announced on Monday morning that senior Mangok Mathiang and sophomore Deng Adel hacve been suspended for a violation of the team's curfew. The two didn't even make the trip to Charlottesville, Va., with the team.
“After we returned to Louisville, I boarded the team bus and told them how proud I was of them, but the most important thing now is to get their rest as we had an early morning practice and had to travel," U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a release. "For some reason, Mangok and Deng chose to break curfew and were out very late. This is an extremely big game for our basketball team and it would be an understatement to say that I am extremely disappointed in both young men. That being said, we will move forward and put forth a great effort with a depleted team."
Pitino also announced that Mathiang is "no longer a captain of our team," noting Donovan Mitchell takes over that role.
The Cardinals are already down two scholarships because of the self-imposed sanctions regarding the on-going NCAA scandal. Point guard Quentin Snider is sidelined with a hip injury and Tony Hicks has a broken bone in his hand.
Adel and Mathiang had both been playing well for the Cardinals.
A starter in 22 games and the Cardinals’ third-leading scorer (11.1 points per game), Adel has scored in double figures in the last five games, including a career-high 19 points at Boston College on Saturday. He has averaged 13.8 points over the last five games.
Mathiang has averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the field over the last five games, scoring nine or more points in each game. He scored a season-high 16 points at Boston College and had 13 points, matched a career-best with 13 rebounds and blocked two shots at Florida State for his first double-double of the season.
The game is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Charlottesville.