MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Tigers have a big matchup Saturday night against 18th ranked Gonzaga, but they'll take on the Bulldogs minus one player.
Memphis Basketball spokesman Lamar Chance says Freshman Matt Simpkins did *not* accompany the team to Washington.
Simpkins left the team Thursday, but Chance says coach John Calipari has declined to say why Simpkins didn't make the trip.
The 6'9" forward has seen very limited action this season after having to sit out until Mid-December because of academic issues.
Since then, Simpkins averaged just over 5 minutes of playing time a game for the 14th ranked Tigers, but didn't see action at all in Wednesday's game against SMU.
Memphis and Gonzaga hit the court Saturday night at 8pm.