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Men's Basketball: Baker was available vs. Va. Tech

Virginia senior guard Calvin Baker did not play against Virginia Tech last Thursday even though he was available. He played 18 minutes against North Carolina on Sunday night.

This discrepancy could lead a curious mind to wonder whether last Thursday's DNP was related to the unofficial suspension Baker served when he did not travel with the team to the Jan. 23 game at Wake Forest.

"He was certainly available to play," Coach Tony Bennett said. "I wasn't planning on not playing him."

So why, then, did Baker not enter the game?

"He was back with the team, and I was planning on using him, but we were up 10 with three minutes [left in regulation] and playing solid basketball," Bennett said. "There was a time in that game when I thought, 'Maybe I'll put him in,' but we were fairly steady and didn't go that direction.

"Then against Carolina I thought we needed his experience. And when he was out there, there were a couple miscommunications early, but I thought he steadied us and made some good decisions. Whether it's 10 guys or 9, 10, 11, they always have to be ready."

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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