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New Orleans Player Appears to Choke Teammate During Heated Timeout in First Four

Thomas DuffyFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2017

During a particularly heated exchange in the second half of Tuesday's First Four contest against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, New Orleans Privateers forward Travin Thibodeaux appeared to choke teammate Christavious Gill.

Thibodeaux appeared to be yelling about being open and was presumably upset with the guard for not feeding him the rock. Head coach Mark Slessinger reprimanded Thibodeaux, a starter, and placed him on the bench.

This is New Orleans' first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996, so tensions were running high. But with a shot at the No. 1-seeded Villanova Wildcats on the line, composure was crucial.

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