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West Virginia suspends leading scorer indefinitely

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins announced Monday evening that leading scorer Casey Mitchell has been suspended indefinitely for a "violation of team rules."

Mitchell was also briefly suspended in October for an undisclosed violation of team rules, but he did not have to sit out any games.

Mitchell, a 6-4 senior, leads the Mountaineers at 16.6 points per game and is also chipping in 3.6 rebounds. He recorded his first career double-double yesterday when he scored 13 points and snagged 14 rebounds in a 10-point victory over South Florida.

The suspension of Mitchell also comes a day after Mountaineer forward Dan Jennings walked away from the bench in the middle of the second half against South Florida. Huggins called the move "inexcusable." The pair's absence would leave West Virginia with just eight scholarship players heading into Wednesday night's game at Louisville.

Mitchell has scored 25 points or more five times this season, from Nov. 19 - Dec. 1 when he achieved the feat in four straight games. He had knocked down 44-of-119 three-point attempts up until this point in the season.