Will Barton and Tarik Black should be eligible to play in Saturday’s home game against Marshall despite coming off the bench in Wednesday night’s 73-51 win over Rice at FedExForum.
Black, Will Barton and Trey Draper were ejected – along with Rice’s Tamir Jackson – from the game. Tamir Jackson made a hard – flagrant – foul on the Tigers’ Joe Jackson as he was going in for what would have been an easy basket late in the second half.
Had the Tiger players become directly involved in the situation on the court – there was some pushing and grabbing but no punches were thrown – they likely would be suspended for at least a game. Tigers coach Josh Pastner also left the bench. Pastner said a player not leaving the bench is something they’ve stressed.
“We have gone over that as a team,” he said. “We’ve shown film on that. It’s a normal reaction to want to help your teammates, and they took a step or two out. But they were not involved in the altercation.
“I was a little upset because it was a hard foul. I wanted to make sure Joe was OK.”