Watch: New Orleans player tries to choke 'best friend' teammate in NCAA tournament

A heated exchange between two New Orleans teammates was caught on camera during the second half of Tuesday's NCAA tournament First Four game — the opener at Dayton in which Mount Saint Mary's dispatched the Privateers, 67-66, in a battle of No. 16 seeds.

Heading into a huddle in the second half with 6:36 remaining, New Orleans players Travin Thibodeaux and Christavious Gill exchanged words in a heated argument after Thibodeaux was called for a 3-second violation. Gill pushed the forward away upon confrontation, and Thibodeaux appeared to respond by aggressively wrapping his arm around the point guard's neck as they were separated by coaches.

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In the post-game news conference, coach  Mark Slessinger dismissed the altercation as being horseplay between two frustrated teammates who he called "best friends."

"Unfortunately, it will take away a little bit from the experience of the game and how great of an experience this was for us," coach Mark Slessinger said.

USA TODAY


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