UConn benches Boatright amid eligibility questions

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut has benched freshman guard Ryan Boatright for the second time this season as the NCAA investigates his eligibility.

The school announced Friday night that Boatright will not play Saturday at Notre Dame and will remain inactive while the school works with the NCAA during its review.

The 6-foot point guard from Aurora, Ill., was suspended for the first six games of the season for an infraction that involved accepting a plane ticket last year while he was playing AAU basketball.

Boatright has averaged more than 10 points and three assists in 10 games for No. 17 UConn (13-3).

He said Thursday he was looking forward to playing Saturday near his hometown, and that over 400 friends and family had purchased tickets for the game.