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Hawkeyes' Tucker granted release from his scholarship

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- After weeks of speculation, sophomore guard Anthony Tucker is leaving the Hawkeye Men's Basketball program.

Coach Todd Lickliter announced Friday morning that Tucker asked to be released from his scholarship and Lickliter granted that release.

Tucker, a Minnetonka, Minnesota native, was suspended from the team on December 20, 2009 after being arrested the night before for public intoxication.  He was also arrested in December of 2008 for public intoxication.

Tucker had been cleared to return to practice on January 25, 2010, but has not played in a game since his suspension. 

He played in the first 11 games of the season and is the second leading scorer on the team averaging 11.9 points per game.

In two years with the Hawkeyes, Tucker played in 25 games, with 19 starts, averaging 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

The departure of Tucker leaves the team with just 11 players on the roster for the last six games of the season and the Big 10 tournament.

The Hawkeyes will take on sixth-ranked Purdue on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3:36 p.m. (CST) in Mackey Arena.

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