Fresh off of a 20-turnover performance in Wednesday’s loss to Auburn, Missouri’s point guard situation just got even worse.
Terrence Phillips has been suspended indefinitely for “a violation of team policy,” according to a team statement. “Phillips’ future status with the program will be determined in coordination with campus and department leadership.”
The terminology used is extremely similar to the statement released earlier this week when the Missouri football program indefinitely suspended safety Kaleb Prewett. It’s unlikely that either situation will be resolved anytime soon.
Phillips was expected by many to be the starting point guard heading into this season, but instead he saw his role greatly reduced. The junior guard went from playing 28 minutes and starting 23 games last season to averaging under 11 minutes and starting zero games this year.
Predictably, Phillips’ production also dropped from 10.4 points and 4.4 assists per night to 2.5 points and 1.9 assists. With the transfers of freshman guards Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts to North Carolina State and Texas Tech respectively, Missouri is left searching for answers in the backcourt. Look for either shooting guard Kassius Robertson to find more minutes at lead guard behind Jordan Geist, or for walk-on Brett Rau to get more playing time off the bench.
The Missouri team is already in Starkville for its game against Mississippi State at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.