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SEOUL, South Korea -- Oregon arrived Wednesday afternoon without two key players for its season opener against Georgetown after both were suspended for selling shoes provided to them by the university, according to the school.
Sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter could miss anywhere from nine to 12 games for the NCAA violation.
The No. 19 Ducks play Georgetown on Saturday morning at Camp Humphreys (Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) in the Armed Forces Classic.
Oregon's staff told ESPN upon arrival that the violation had been under investigation since early October.
Artis and Carter will have to donate to charity the money they received for selling the shoes, per NCAA rules. The money will be paid on a payment plan.
Oregon coach Dana Altman, who appeared on the ESPNU college basketball podcast Monday, was holding out hope for a final ruling before the team left Eugene on Tuesday.
The NCAA and Oregon were working on a resolution in the three days prior to departing for Seoul. Oregon senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens said the school learned during the course of the investigation that Artis and Carter wouldn't be allowed to travel but they waited for clarification from the NCAA.
Altman said the two players have been no trouble since they arrived but they "made a mistake."
The Ducks are deep on the perimeter with Damyean Dotson, Houston transfer Joseph Young and Johnathan Loyd. Altman said Jason Calliste would log more minutes after a productive exhibition game.
Losing Carter up front will hurt more in the short term. Altman said UNLV transfer Mike Moser will get help inside from Elgin Cook and Waverly Austin.
Artis' absence also could mean more time for Jalil Abdul-Bassit.