Indiana suspends five basketball players ahead of Northwestern game

The Indiana Hoosiers suspended five basketball players for “disciplinary reasons” ahead of Tuesday night’s Big Ten basketball game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Indiana head coach Mike Woodson announced shortly before the whistleblower that Xavier Johnson, Parker Stewart, Tamar Bates, Khristian Lander and Michael Durr have all been suspended.

Also, guard Rob Phinisee is out with an injury.

The Hoosiers will play the game without a traditional point guard.

Johnson was Indiana’s starting point guard, averaging 10.6 points (third on the team) and a team-high 4.5 assists per game. Stewart was also a starter, averaging 6.9 ppg (fourth on the team) to go with a team-best 45.1 three-point percentage.

So those are pretty big losses for Indiana, and it’s obviously crushing at their depth. And it’s a team that needs to keep winning games to boost its overall hopes, entering NET 33rd on Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see if Indiana reveals more details about what led to the suspensions.

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