Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Arizona's PG Josiah Turner Suspended Indefinitely

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

The Arizona Wildcats' chances of making the 2012 NCAA tournament just got slimmer.

According to an Arizona Athletics press release, starting point guard Josiah Turner has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. He did not travel with the team to Los Angeles where the Wildcats (21-10; 12-6 Pac 12) play in the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.

Arizona possibly needs to win the Pac-12 tournament in order to punch their ticket for the Dance.

Earlier this week, Turner was named as an Honorable Mention for the Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team.

Unfortunately, this is the second time this season that Turner has been suspended.

Head coach Sean Miller was very direct when he addressed this issue earlier today:

I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions. Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team. However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances. Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson from this experience.

You have to respect a coach who is willing to take this kind of stand when facing a crucial stretch of rapid-fire games.