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Silas, Anderson suspended for fight

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said
Xavier Silas, the Buffaloes' second-leading scorer, will be suspended for
the opening round of the Big 12 tournament after a fight with
Nebraska's Ryan Anderson.

Patton came onto the court to pull Silas off Anderson after the
two fell to the floor while wrestling for the ball with 8:22
remaining in the first half of the Buffaloes' 73-69 win on
Saturday. Both players were ejected.

Silas averages 13.6 points -- the most for Colorado behind
Richard Roby -- and is the team's top 3-point shooter with 33
3-pointers on 42.3 percent shooting. He will be out Thursday when
the 12th-seeded Buffaloes (7-19, 3-13) face No. 5 seed Texas Tech
(20-11, 9-7) in the first round of the Big 12 tournament in
Oklahoma City.

"He has been suspended for this next game," Patton said on the
Big 12 coaches' conference call Monday. "The incident was ruled a
fight, and of course the rules stipulate that the punishment is a
one-game suspension."

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said Anderson, the team's second
leading scorer with a 10.5-point average, also received a one-game
suspension and would serve it Monday night when the Huskers were to
make up a weather-delayed game against Oklahoma State.

"All I know is Ryan is not playing tonight," Sadler said.

Sadler said it was his understanding that Nebraska could not
appeal the suspension, which was automatic after the two players
were ruled to be fighting.

"In my opinion, he was just reactive to his situation like
anyone else would have reacted," Sadler said.

Patton said he hadn't spoken with athletic director Mike Bohn
about whether the Buffaloes would try to appeal but said: "At this
point, I don't think that there is any grounds for an appeal."

Silas and Anderson become the third and fourth players suspended
for altercations in Big 12 play this season. Oklahoma's Longar
Longar was suspended two games for elbowing Texas Tech's Esmir
Risvic in January. Oklahoma State suspended Mario Boggan one game
after he head-butted Kansas State's Cartier Martin last week.

"The thing that concerns me is there's an awful lot of
suspensions going on," Sadler said.

Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said he thought physical play
was a "national issue" and that the conference has done its best
to deal with the incidents in a "straightforward" fashion.

"I don't think that our conference is different than other
conferences in having things like this come up from time to time,
so I don't think it is a unique challenge to the Big 12," Weiberg
said.