The BYU Cougars were dealt a significant blow on Tuesday as forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team after an unspecified honor code violation. BYU officials became aware of the violation on Monday before choosing to dismiss him from the team on Tuesday. With the Cougars storming toward the NCAA tournament, losing Davies, their primary inside scorer, could have disastrous affects in March.
Though Davies has been dismissed from the team, and will not be able to play for the rest of the season, BYU issued a statement saying the school has not decided on his long-term future at the school and with the team.
BYU released a statement Tuesday night that the university became aware of the violation of the honor code Monday. The school said in the release that since the violation just occurred, decisions on Davies' future with the team and in school are still undetermined.
Davies has been an integral part of the BYU offense, using 22.6 percent of the Cougars' possessions while he's on the court and posting an offensive rating of 112. His rebounding percentages, both offensive and defensive, are among the team's best, and his ability to get to the free throw line is tops among BYU players who see significant minutes.
Without Davies, BYU will reportedly go with smaller lineups and increase the tempo to compensate for the loss, focusing even more on Jimmer Fredette. With the NCAA tournament on the horizon, and a No. 1 seed hanging in the balance, Davies' honor code violation couldn't come at a worse time for BYU. The Cougars were looking to make a deep run in the tournament, and though it's still possible, losing Davies makes the task that much harder for BYU this season.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for the latest on the dismissal and what it means for the BYU basketball team. For more on the Cougars, check out SB Nation's Vanquish The Foe and Mountain West Connection.