Xavier, Cincinnati Suspensions Are in Line with Past NCAA Punishments for Fights

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Xavier, Cincinnati Suspensions Are in Line with Past NCAA Punishments for Fights
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The day after Saturday's NCAA Div. I men's basketball game between Cincinnati and Xavier ended in a benches-clearing brawl, both schools announced disciplinary actions taken against their respective players who participated in the fight.

Cincinnati's Yancy Gates and Cheikh Mbodj—who had been ejected from the contest for fighting—were suspended for six games each, as was freshman Octavius Ellis. Ge'Lawn Guyn was additionally suspended for one game.

Because this incident occurred in early December, approximately a month before conference play traditionally begins, Gates and Mbodj will only miss one Big East contest. Accordingly, Ellis and Guyn are not expected to miss the conference opener.

Meanwhile, Xavier's Dezmine Wells—the only Musketeers player who was ejected—received a four-game suspension, as did walk-on Landen Amos. Junior Mark Lyons received a two-game sentence and Tu Holloway was suspended for one game.

Despite the heavy criticism being levied against both Cincinnati and Xavier for what some analysts have described as inadequate disciplinary measures, a wide range of prior NCAA suspensions for fighting or punching suggest this group of suspensions is indeed sufficient.

Read on for a partial history of significant fight- and punch-related suspensions.

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