Kansas forward Alexander to miss game vs Texas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas forward Cliff Alexander is being held out of Saturday's game against Texas after questions were raised about the five-star freshman's eligibility.

The school announced its decision less than 2 hours before tipoff.

Alexander has started the last five games for the eighth-ranked Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4), who are closing in on their 11th straight Big 12 title. He is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while giving Kansas much-needed muscle in the paint.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said that the NCAA alerted the school to a potential issue with Alexander, and ''as a precautionary measure, Cliff will not take the court until we have resolved this issue.''

The Jayhawks play No. 20 West Virginia on Tuesday night. They wrap up the regular season at No. 16 Oklahoma next weekend.

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