Purdue Boilermakers: Kelsey Barlow Suspended for the NCAA Tournament

James EvensCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Kelsey Barlow #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers fights for a loose ball against Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It was announced today that 6'5" Purdue point guard Kelsey Barlow will be suspended for the postseason due to conduct detrimental to the team.

In an interview with the Journal and Courier, coach Matt Painter said, "We’re committed to helping our players develop both on and off the court.  This is unfortunate and disappointing, but we’ll move forward as a team.”

Barlow was Purdue's sixth man and a great defender.  He is recognized by many as the most athletic player on the team, and brings a whole new dimension to the point guard position with his quickness and height. 

Purdue will have to move on without him and to do that, they need someone else to step up.

It will be very important for junior point guard Lewis Jackson to stay out of foul trouble and be able to play most of the game.

Purdue will need freshman guard Terrone Johnson to step up and continue giving the team productive minutes if this Purdue team wants to go far in the tournament.

No doubt this is a huge blow to the Boilermaker team that does not have a lot of height to begin with, but at least it happened at the guard position, where Purdue is very deep.

Even though this is a major loss, do not count to Boilermakers out, as they still have the tools to make a run at the title.

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