Missouri forward Tony Criswell suspended for opener

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 8:12 p.m. CST; updated 9:46 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Missouri forward Tony Criswell gets ready to shoot during practice Wednesday. Criswell is suspended from playing in the next basketball game, which will take place Friday.

COLUMBIA — Not only will Missouri's basketball coaching staff be slimmer when its season opens Friday, but so will its roster.

Coach Frank Haith announced Wednesday that senior forward Tony Criswell is suspended for Friday’s opener against Southeastern Louisiana for a “violation of team rules.”

Haith did not supply specifics, only saying Criswell will not play Friday.

Criswell averaged 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with Missouri last year. He made four starts last season but was used primarily as a reserve. He came off the bench in both of Missouri’s preseason wins.

Southeastern Louisiana has only one player on its roster who matches Criswell’s listed height of 6-foot-9.

Haith will also be suspended for Friday's game, the first of a five-game suspension he received from the NCAA on Oct. 20.

“Hopefully Tony will do what he needs to do to get back on that court for Tuesday’s game,” Haith said. 

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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