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Deng Adel, Mangok Mathiang suspended for Virginia game

Kentucky v Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 21: Deng Adel #22 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at KFC YUM! Center on December 21, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Louisville announced that Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang have been suspended for Monday night’s game at No. 9 Virginia after breaking curfew on Saturday night.

“After we returned to Louisville, I boarded the team bus and told them how proud I was of them, but the most important thing now is to get their rest as we had an early morning practice and had to travel,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “For some reason, Mangok and Deng chose to break curfew and were out very late. This is an extremely big game for our basketball team and it would be an understatement to say that I am extremely disappointed in both young men. That being said, we will move forward and put forth a great effort with a depleted team. Mangok is no longer a captain of our team. Donovan Mitchell has now been inserted in that role.”

Louisville is down to seven scholarship players for Monday’s game, as point guards Quentin Snider and Tony Hicks are both out of the lineup.

Adel is Louisville’s third-leading scorer at 11.1 points, while Mathiang has averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the field over the last five games.

Virginia is 4-1 against Louisville since joining the ACC and blew out a full-strength Cardinals team in the Yum! Center earlier this season.