Kansas will be down two players when they host Tennessee on the hardcourt this weekend.
The No. 3 Jayhawks (15-3) will be without junior forward Silvio De Sousa and sophomore forward David McCormack when the Vols (12-6) come to Allen Fieldhouse for a 4:00 PM tip-off on Saturday. The two players have been suspended due to their roles in a post-game brawl that broke out at the end of the Jayhawks’ 81-60 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night.
De Sousa, who went viral when a photo of him hoisting a stool above his head with intention to hit a Kansas State player hit social media, is suspended for the next 12 games for Kansas. McCormack is suspended two games. Kansas State’s James Love is suspended eight games, and Antonio Gordon is also suspended three games for the Wildcats.
McCormack is the bigger of the on-court losses for Kansas. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is sixth on the team in scoring and has been a starter for most of the season for the Jayhawks. In 16.1 minutes per game, McCormack is averaging 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds a game while shooting 55.9 percent overall.
The 6-foot-9 De Sousa has been somewhat of a disappointment for Kansas this season. After sitting the entire 2018-19 season due to NCAA violations, De Sousa was deemed eligible for the 2019-20 season in May of 2019. But in 18 games this season, De Sousa is averaging just 8.2 minutes, 2.6 points, and 2.8 rebounds.
Kansas will still be led by star sophomore guard Devon Dotson (18.2 PPG, 4.2 APG) and senior center Udoka Azubuike (12.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG) when they host the Vols on Saturday.
Tennessee will square-off with the Jayhawks at 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, January 25th. The game will be televised on ESPN.