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UMass big man Cady Lalanne remains suspended indefinitely

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts big man Cady Lalanne’s status remained unchanged Tuesday as the sophomore is still suspended indefinitely.

Lalanne hasn’t played since UMass’ loss to Miami on Dec. 1. He was arrested at a campus event late that night.

Lalanne isn’t practicing during his suspension.

“He’s not back a practice yet,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “I’m just looking at it and determining where it’s at. He’s still not practicing. He’s remorseful of the situation. But we’re still taking it cautiously and slowly.”

His status for Saturday’s noon game against Elon at the MassMutual Center in Springfield is unknown.

Lalanne sat out his first year (2010-11) for academics and the second half of last year with an injury. Kellogg said the suspension is yet another thing hindering his basketball progress.

“He could have used the practice time. He’s still a little bit behind on all the things he’s been working on,” Kellogg said. “But the situation is what it is and we’re all going to learn from it.”

THE A-21? — According to an ESPN report, the Atlantic 10 is potentially open to adding the seven nonfootball Big East schools — Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul and Marquette — which would created a 21-team conference, the biggest in the nation. Those schools are reportedly considering breaking away from the Big East schools that play football.

If they left to start a new league, they wouldn’t be eligible initially for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament or revenue from the postseason. If they left to join the A-10, they’d be eligible for both an automatic bid and tournament revenue shares.

The Atlantic 10 has 16 teams, but Temple and Charlotte are leaving after this season.

FINALS WEEK — With students in the midst of final exams, the Minutemen didn’t practice Monday and had individual workouts on Tuesday. They’ll return to regular practice on Wednesday.

“I’ve given them a little more time off,” said Kellogg, who hoped the upcoming semester break would give his team a chance to improve with conference play looming. “This will be a good chance to get into a real rhythm.”

UMass is in the midst of its second long stretch between games. It had nine days off between the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and Siena and 10 off between last week’s win over Northeastern and Saturday’s game against Elon.

“It’s tough,” UMass junior point guard Chaz Williams said. “Jesse (Morgan) told me that the other day. He can’t take these long breaks from games. We’re excited to play Saturday.”

Williams hoped that Saturday’s game would be a breakout effort for the Minutemen (4-3), who have yet to play well for an entire game.

“We have our identity. We just haven’t put it all together yet. Guys are practicing pretty good,” he said. “I feel like our identity will be shown real soon. Folks will get to see us back again.”

KELLOGG ON TOUR — Kellogg, his staff and the women’s basketball coaching staff will be at a meet and greet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Amherst Brewing Company.

Kellogg will also be a guest at the Springfield Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self Luncheon” at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The event is honoring former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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