IU Basketball Today Latest Updates 2022: IU Basketball Mike Woodson Suspends Five Players Vs Northwestern: ‘I’m Very Disappointed.’
IU Basketball Today Latest Updates 2022: Evanston, Ill. – Citing “disciplinary reasons,” IU coach Mike Woodson announced near tipoff that he had suspended five players for Tuesday night’s game of Hoosiers at Northwestern.
Woodson confirmed his decision by speaking with Don Fisher on Indiana’s pregame radio show. An event news release distributed at the same time confirmed that the five player guards were Xavier Johnson, Parker Stewart, Christian Lander and Tamar Bates, as well as Michael Durr.
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“When you don’t follow the rules,” Woodson told Fisher, “you have to do things you don’t want to do.”
After the Hoosiers lost 59-51 to the Wildcats, Woodson addressed the suspension but did not say how long the disciplined players would be sidelined.
“I don’t know if it’s a game or not,” he said. “It’s a decision I have to make on my way home tonight.”
Woodson said: “I’m very disappointed, because I’m all about the team. Those guys in the locker room know I’m really upset about this.”
According to IU policy, if players were being suspended for failed drug tests – all those words underlining them – they could not prepare for the game and they were drawn.
Their decision meant the Hoosiers faced Northwestern without their most accurate 3-point shooter, their primary backup center, and no established point guard. Woodson confirmed that Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal would start the game in place of the two suspended starts. Galloway has served as a secondary point guard for Indiana several times this season.
Point guard Rob Finacey is still absent due to injury (plantar fasciitis).