BYU's Brandon Davies dismissed from team

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BYU's Brandon Davies dismissed from team

Big Blow. anyone who lives out here in SLC knows that this could be anything from letting a female into his dorm at night to having sex with a female. They are very very strict at BYU

BYU's potential Final Four chances were dealt a significant blow when starting forward Brandon Davies was dismissed Tuesday from the team for the remainder of the season for a violation of the school's honor code.

Davies was a vital member of BYU's frontcourt and was instrumental in helping contain San Diego State's forwards during the Cougars' 80-67 victory at a sold-out Viejas Arena Saturday. Davies, who started 26 of 29 games for the Cougars, averaged 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.

BYU Honor Code

BYU has had a strict policy of enforcing the honor code. This past football season, running back Harvey Unga was suspended for a violation of the honor code. The BYU honor code statement, from the BYU undergraduate handbook, consists of:

• Be honest
• Live a chaste and virtuous life
• Obey the law and all campus policies
• Use clean language
• Respect others
• Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse
• Participate regularly in church services
• Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
• Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

BYU released a statement Tuesday night that the university became aware of the violation of the honor code Monday. The school said in the release that since the violation just occurred, decisions on Davies' future with the team and in school are still undetermined.

School officials said coach Dave Rose would address the issue following Wednesday's game against New Mexico.

Davies was one of Jimmer Fredette's favorite targets in the post, ran the floor well and gave the Cougars length and size inside.

BYU (27-2, 13-1 in the MWC) is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and was put on the No. 1 seed line out West in Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology on Monday.

Davies played 27 minutes in the win over the Aztecs, scoring four points and grabbing six boards and coming up with one block. Davies was capable of breakout performances on a team led by the national player of the year favorite in Fredette.

Davies scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a win over Wyoming in Laramie on Feb. 2. Davies, a 6-9 sophomore forward, had two key double-doubles for the Cougars at UNLV (15 points, 10 rebounds) and against Colorado State (14 points, 15 rebounds).

Davies was a prized local recruit for the Cougars, playing in Provo, Utah.

Davies' departure means the Cougars will have to make a major adjustment inside with 6-foot-8 Stephen Rogers and seldom-used 6-foot-10 James Anderson. The move means BYU coach Dave Rose might have to shift to the 6-foot-5 Charles Abouo to power forward and go with a smaller lineup.

According to a member of the BYU basketball staff, the plan is likely to go small and continue to push the tempo to exploit BYU's ability to run and get more shots for Fredette.

SDSU coach Steve Fisher called the Cougars one of the best running teams in the country and now, without Davies, the Cougars will likely try to be even more effective on the break. The problem is that Davies ran the court exceptionally well for BYU as a big.

The Cougars do have more of a face-up shooting forward in Noah Hartsock, who may have to go inside even more now that Davies isn't on the roster. Jackson Emery, a shooter, will be called upon to rebound more effectively, as well.

The Cougars were already down a big man when Chris Collinsworth was lost for the season with a knee injury in mid-January.

BYU ends the regular season with home games against New Mexico Wednesday and then Wyoming Saturday.

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Thats a huge lost...but i

Thats a huge lost...but i believe Noah Hartsock and Steve Rodger step up and play better...i was looking forward for BYU to make a big run in the tournament...this may hurt them.

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I agree with all of their

I agree with all of their rules except coffee. That's just silly.

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