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Jamar Samuels is out today vs. Syracuse

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Southern Mississippi v Kansas State

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats yells at Jamar Samuels #32 after a break in play against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Kansas State will be playing without Jamar Samuels on Saturday afternoon.

The senior forward that averages 10.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg will be held out due to an eligibility concern. It was announced just 20 minutes before game time. According to the CBS broadcast, this has nothing to do with a) academics, b) behavior or c) anything that happened in Pittsburgh.

Illegal benefits? Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen were suspended for just that last season.

No Samuels is a major setback. He is their best rebounder, and the area of the game that K-State has an advantage is on the offensive glass.