It was reported Tuesday that BYU starting center Brandon Davies was let go from the team for the remainder of the season for violating Brigham Young's honor code.
Wednesday, 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City reported that Davies' girlfriend may be pregnant with his child. The honor code does not allow sexual relationships unless you are married, among a hefty list of other rules.
Update: Reports confirm that Davis was suspended for having pre-marital sex, but there has been no mention of a pregnancy.
Davies is averaging 11.1 points per game and a team-high 6.2 rebounds, and not having him available for the NCAA tournament will be a major issue for Mr. Fredette and the Cougars.
If and when they meet up with a big-six conference powerhouse, they will need everything they have down low to bang against the other teams' centers.
BYU's backup centers have not played many meaningful minutes this season and expecting them to do so this late into the season is asking a little too much.
Their sophomore forward, Stephen Rogers, is averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in an average of 10 minutes per game. The Cougars' freshman 6'10'' forward/center James Anderson is averaging one point and one-and-a-half rebounds per game in seven minutes of action.
A plan to go with a smaller lineup and to speed their game up more than usual is what BYU is planning on doing with the Davies absence, according to unnamed sources.
Getting away with not having your starting center might fly against the lower seeds, but this all but guarantees they are not going to be able to make a run as deep as many experts have been predicting.
This will also affect their potential seeding in the big dance. As of now they are a projected No. 1 seed, but without one of their key players, the Cougars may fall as low as a No. 3 seed, making the road to the Final Four that much more difficult.