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Shaq Goodwin may miss Southern Miss game after Flagrant 2 foul vs. SMU (UPDATE)

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Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin, center, drives to the basket after being fouled by East Carolina’s Ty Armstrong, rear, during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)


Memphis knocked off SMU on Wednesday night, but they may have suffered a more important loss in the game.

Freshman center Shaq Goodwin was called for a Flagrant 2 late in the second half when he fouled SMU freshman Jalen Jones on a fast break layup. There was a collision at the rim as Jones went up to dunk, and Goodwin’s right elbow ended up in the face of Jones.

(CLICK HERE: For video of Goodwin’s foul that was ruled a Flagrant 2.)

A Flagrant 2, as defined by the NCAA, is “a personal foul that involves contact with an opponent that is not only excessive, but also severe or extreme.” A Flagrant 1 is defined as “causing excessive contact with an opponent while playing the ball.”

In Conference USA, a Flagrant 2 carries with it a mandatory one-game suspension, which means that Goodwin will miss the Southern Miss game on Saturday -- a battle for first place in Conference USA -- unless the foul is downgraded to a Fragrant 1 by the league. The play will be reviewed today.

“I believe it should be down to a Flagrant 1 because he made a play on the ball,” Pastner said. “It wasn’t a fight. He didn’t throw a punch or an elbow. It was just a good, hard basketball play.”

Memphis cannot afford to lose a game in league play if they want to keep their at-large hopes alive.

Do you think this was worthy of being a Flagrant 2?

UPDATE: Apparently, Conference USA doesn’t:

Shaq Goodwin’s Flagrant 2 foul Wed downgraded to Flagrant 1 by C-USA. C-USA says Goodwin CAN play in Saturday’s game at SMiss. Story coming.

— L. Jason Smith (@TheCAJasonSmith) February 7, 2013

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