EVANSTON, Ill.–Five Indiana University players were suspended before Tuesday night’s game against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois, leaving the team short several key players. Coach Mike Woodson said before they game on the radio broadcast that they were suspended for “disciplinary reasons”, but did not elaborate.
The suspensions included Tamar Bates, Xavier Johnson, Michael Durr, Khristian Lander and Parker Stewart.
LISTEN: Coach Mike Woodson describes suspension issue
“We have team rules and ‘hey, I had to follow rules when I played throughout my college days and my NBA days,” said Woodson in the IU broadcast pre-game show, talking to announcer Don Fischer.
“They’re rules and when you don’t obey rules, you’ve got to do things that sometimes you don’t want to do. And I had to suspend five players today. So it’s next man up and we’ll see what we’ve got once we throw it up.”
IU lost to Northwestern 59-51.