ACC Basketball

Louisville suspends Chris Jones

Chris Jones Louisville

If your first name is “Chris” and you play guard in the ACC, if your coach calls you, don’t answer. You’re probably suspended. First Georgia Tech’s Chris Bolden was suspended Monday, now say goodbye to Louisville’s Chris Jones and just like that, the Cardinals big three just became the big two, as their senior point guard has been suspended for at least one game, maybe more.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:

The suspension is “unrelated to basketball.” and he could miss more than the Syracuse game.

Ouch. This is huge. The Cardinals were rolling, most likely earning a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, they’ve dropped two of three, including a home loss to NC State on Saturday. They have five top-75 teams remaining on the schedule, including Notre Dame and Virginia to wrap up the regular season.

Unlike the Chris Bolden suspension, this one matters. This will have major ramification if he truly misses a handful of games. Jones, along with Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell produce 65% of Louisville’s points in ACC play and over the last few weeks, that percentage has hovered around 80%.

In conference play, Jones has averaged nearly 16 per contest, leading the team in assists in ACC play with 4.75. Based on percentage, he’s the team’s best three-point shooter, although Rozier has taken and made a few more.

I don’t know how the Cardinals make up his numbers. I’ll assume freshmen Quentin Snider will get the starting nod, although he’ll share plenty of time with sophomore Anton Gill. I don’t like either facing Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Each has played double digit minutes four times in conference play and neither has shown a knack for scoring.

Prior to this I had Louisville beating Syracuse Wednesday night, but not anymore.

 

 

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