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University of Virginia suspends two basketball players for season-opener


The University of Virginia has suspended forward Evan Nolte and guard London Perrantes for the team's two preseason games as well as its season-opener, head coach Tony Bennett announced on Friday.

The suspension is related to violations of team rules that occured over the summer. According to the Daily Press's David Teel, Nolte's offseason incident was alcohol related.

Perrantes, a sophomore, averaged 5.5 points and led the team with 3.8 assists per game last season. Nolte, a junior, added 2.8 points per game off the bench.

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UVA opens its season next week, traveling to Harrisonburg, VA, to play James Madison on Nov. 14.

Nolte and Perrantes will return to the team for its second game of the season, a home game against Norfolk State on Nov. 16.

The Cavaliers, ranked 9th by the AP and 8th by the USAToday Coaches poll in the preseason, finished last season 30-7 and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

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