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West Virginia forward Holton suspended for rules violation

Jonathan Holton, Dean Wade

West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton (1) drives the basket while being defended by Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan, 26, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)


No. 9 West Virginia will be without an important starter Saturday afternoon when they visit Florida, as it was announced Thursday night that senior forward Jonathan Holton has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Holton’s averaging 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for Bob Huggins’ team, and his role at the head of the Mountaineers’ full court pressure is an important one. At 6-foot-8, Holton has the length and athleticism to make things difficult on opposing teams.

West Virginia doesn’t lack for depth in the front court, with players such as Elijah Macon and Esa Ahmad in line to see more playing time as a result of this disciplinary action. With Saturday’s game being followed by Big 12 contests against Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas, a prolonged absence for Holton could make things difficult on the Mountaineers as they look to make a run at the Big 12 title.