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Shaq Goodwin may miss Southern Miss game after Flagrant 2 foul vs. SMU (UPDATE)

Feb 7, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

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Memphis knocked off SMU on Wednesday night, but they may have suffered a more important loss in the game.

Freshman center Shaq Goodwin was called for a Flagrant 2 late in the second half when he fouled SMU freshman Jalen Jones on a fast break layup. There was a collision at the rim as Jones went up to dunk, and Goodwin’s right elbow ended up in the face of Jones.

(CLICK HERE: For video of Goodwin’s foul that was ruled a Flagrant 2.)

A Flagrant 2, as defined by the NCAA, is “a personal foul that involves contact with an opponent that is not only excessive, but also severe or extreme.” A Flagrant 1 is defined as “causing excessive contact with an opponent while playing the ball.”

In Conference USA, a Flagrant 2 carries with it a mandatory one-game suspension, which means that Goodwin will miss the Southern Miss game on Saturday — a battle for first place in Conference USA — unless the foul is downgraded to a Fragrant 1 by the league. The play will be reviewed today.

“I believe it should be down to a Flagrant 1 because he made a play on the ball,” Pastner said. “It wasn’t a fight. He didn’t throw a punch or an elbow. It was just a good, hard basketball play.”

Memphis cannot afford to lose a game in league play if they want to keep their at-large hopes alive.

Do you think this was worthy of being a Flagrant 2?

UPDATE: Apparently, Conference USA doesn’t:

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