In late breaking news coming out of the University of Dayton tonight, the team will be without the likes of starting senior center Matt Kavanaugh as the university announced that he was suspended for the year.
Many were expecting Kavanaugh to have a big season this year as he made dramatic improvements from his freshman year. Last season for the Flyers, Kavanaugh averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He gave Dayton that low post presence in the middle, in which many teams could not defend. Kavanaugh will definitely be missed as last season he also had double figures in 12 games and a huge game versus La Salle in January, where he had 23 points and nine rebounds.
In a statement released by the school it said “Matt Kavanaugh is suspended for the remainder of the academic year as a result of violations of the University of Dayton Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct.” The statement also said “Therefore, he will not play on the basketball team this season.”
Without the likes of Matt Kavanaugh, head coach Archie Miller will now have to turn returning players such as forwards Devin Oliver and Alex Gavrilovic. These players will have to step up big time as they did not contribute much to the Flyers last season. Miller will also have a nice compliment of freshman forwards in Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott to lean on.
On Saturday, Dayton will host an exhibition game versus Findlay (D-II) and then on November 10th, open up the season at home versus Arkansas State (Sun Belt).
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