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USC’s Chimezie Metu will be suspended for the first half against Cal on Thursday

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Discipline results from a groin punch to WSU’s Carter Skaggs.

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Southern California
Cal won’t have to deal with Chimezie Metu for half of their next meeting.
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USC forward Chimezie Metu could be a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but he didn’t help his stock by getting ejected during Sunday night’s 89-71 win over Washington State. Metu struck the groin area of Cougar guard Carter Skaggs with his hand, also earning him a suspension for the first half of this Thursday’s game against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion.

The quasi-suspension was an action taken by USC and approved by the Pac-12. Below is a video of the incident, which Bill Walton described as “a crime against humanity.”

Normally being suspended for a half is something that happens to football players for undisclosed violations of team rules. In this case, it already got the rubber stamp from the Conference of Champions.