No. 14 Louisiana State's basketball game at Auburn today is off because of the outbreak of chicken pox decimating LSU's lineup.
Auburn officials said a makeup date would be determined later -- but the entire Southeastern Conference schedule is threatened with disruption. Oval Jaynes, Auburn associate athletic director, said LSU was looking at possibly also having to reschedule its Wednesday game with Kentucky.
Jaynes said a quarantine of the Louisiana State team, recommended by LSU doctors, could last two weeks, scrambling the SEC schedule. Outside the league, LSU is scheduled to play Georgetown Feb. 2 at Capital Centre.
The postponement of today's game was requested by LSU Chancellor James Wharton and approved by Auburn President James Martin. SEC headquarters had deferred to Auburn to make the decision.
An internist in Baton Rouge, La., where Tigers Bernard Woodside and John Williams are hospitalized with chicken pox -- which can be serious in adults -- had recommended calling the game.
An LSU spokesman said only five team members proved they've had the disease and thus are immune. One was on redshirt status, meaning only four players would have been available, he said . . .
Police intercepted the University of Minnesota basketball team at the Madison, Wis., airport and jailed three players after accusations by a woman, 18, that she was sexually assaulted overnight at the team's hotel. The Gophers had beaten Wisconsin, 67-65, Thursday night.
Authorities questioned the entire team, but initially held only starting forwards Mitch Lee and Kevin Smith. Later, George Williams was jailed, too.
Booked into Dane County Jail without bond on a felony count of second-degree sexual assault, the three await a prosecutor's decision by Monday whether they definitely will be charged.
The Capital Times of Madison reported the team's 7 a.m. flight was canceled because of a snowstorm in Minneapolis and, as it awaited a 10:25 takeoff, police arrived at about 10.
Lee, 21, a sophomore from Carol City, Fla., was acquitted Jan. 14 of third-degree sexual assault on a female University of Minnesota student in a dormitory one year ago. He was team's leading rebounder before his trial. Since the jury found him innocent, Lee had slowly been getting back into the starting rotation . . .
League-leading Texas A&M's -- and the Southwest Conference's -- top basketball scorer and the Aggies' top playmaker have remained in the lineup since being arrested last week on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, the Dallas Times Herald reported.
Coach Shelby Metcalf said he has not disciplined the two, guards Don Marbury (22.7 points per game) and Todd Holloway (10.4), pending resolution of their cases. They were charged Jan. 16 after police at Calvert, Tex., stopped their car for a traffic violation, the newspaper reported.