Alabama’s Mohamed Wague suspended for elbowing opponent in head

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Alabama Crimson Tide forward Mohamed Wague was suspended one game for elbowing Florida center Alex Condon in the back of the head during their matchup, the SEC announced Thursday.

The SEC said it reviewed the video of the incident between Wague and Condon. The two players were diving for a loose ball during their matchup Wednesday night. A video that circulated across social media showed Wague elbowing Condon in the head as the play was over. However, officials missed it, and Condon was called for a foul on the play.

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Mohamed Wague, #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide, throws down a second half slam dunk against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum on Feb. 3, 2024 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)

“After video review in the conference office, it was determined that Wague committed the fighting act of striking Florida’s Alex Condon in the back of the head with his elbow/forearm with 9:25 remaining to play in the first half of Wednesday’s game,” the league said.

Wague will miss Saturday’s game against Kentucky.

“NCAA rules require a suspension for the next regular-season game when a player commits an act of fighting defined as ‘a confrontation involving one or more players, coaches or other team personnel wherein (but not limited to) a fist, hand, arm, foot, knee or leg is used to combatively strike the other individual,’” the SEC added.

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Mohamed Wague, #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide, controls the ball during the second half of the Jerry Colangelo’s 2023 Hall of Fame Series Phoenix game against the Arizona Wildcats at Footprint Center on Dec. 20, 2023 in Phoenix. (Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Wague averages 4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

“We received the discipline for Mo from the SEC and agree with the suspension,” Crimson tide coach Nate Oats said. “After reviewing the film, the penalty is understandable and appropriate.”

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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats during their game against the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena on Feb. 7, 2024 in Auburn, Alabama. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Alabama is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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