Houston's DeJon Jarreau Suspended 1 Game for Biting Cincinnati's Mamoudou Diarra

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2020

Houston's DeJon Jarreau (3) brings the ball up the court against East Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
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Houston guard DeJon Jarreau has been suspended for Thursday's game against Tulane after biting Mamoudou Diarra in his last game against Cincinnati, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

He received a flagrant-2 foul on the play and was ejected from the game with just over six minutes remaining. Cincinnati went onto earn a 64-62 win.

Houston coach Kelvin Sampson initially disagreed with the assertion after seeing replay of a scuffle with Bearcats guard Keith Williams.

"There was no bite. There was an alleged bite," he said Saturday, per Jeff Borzello of ESPN. "I just watched the film. I watched it three times to make sure I was right, too."

However, the actual bite came later on the same play during a scramble for the ball.

"After further reviews from multiple angles, it can clearly be seen that DeJon Jarreau bit Mamoudou Diarra," Sampson said Sunday, per Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.

Houston will now have to play a game without Jarreau, who currently leads the team with 3.9 assists per game. He also averages 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a key part of the rotation.

The former UMass transfer had started each of the last six games for the Cougars.

The squad should be able to survive his absence against Tulane, which is just 2-7 in conference this season, but Houston can't afford a stumble while competing for an American Athletic Conference title.