Brandon Davies Suspended By BYU for Remainder of Season

James PattersonContributor IMarch 1, 2011

BYU will have to get the job done without sophomore forward Brandon Davies.
BYU will have to get the job done without sophomore forward Brandon Davies.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The BYU Cougars' No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament may be on the line after their starting forward Brandon Davies was suspended for an undisclosed "Honor Code" violation.

The 6'9'' Davies, a sophomore starter who has averaged 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game, will not represent the team for the remainder of the season and will not travel with the team for the Mountain West Conference tournament or the NCAA Tournament.

The setback comes at a bad time for the No. 3 Cougars, who are trying to lock up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the past, the selection committee has frowned upon major roster shakeups so close to the start of the tournament.

BYU does not disclose the details of Honor Code violations.

According to the university, the Honor Code is a contract students are required to adhere to that includes a promise to abstain from alcohol and tobacco use, remain sexually abstinent and participate in regular church services, among other things.

Davies scored only four points in 26 minutes for the Cougars on Saturday in their win on the road against San Diego State. Stephen Rogers is Davies' most likely replacement, having appeared in 28 games for the Cougars. The 6'8'' sophomore has averaged 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game for BYU.

The Cougars face New Mexico and Wyoming at home to close out the regular season before the start of the Mountain West Conference tournament next week. BYU lost to New Mexico earlier this year in a game where Davies scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds.