Sophomore guard Kelsey Barlow won't play in the NCAA tournament after being suspended for the remainder of the season for conduct detrimental to the team, the program announced Tuesday.
"We're committed to helping our players develop both on and off the court," coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "This is unfortunate and disappointing, but we'll move forward as a team."
Barlow averaged 5.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and had 52 assists and 52 turnovers in 19.5 minutes per game. He started seven games and was a key member of Purdue's rotation.
Barlow is perhaps the team's best overall defender, using his 6-foot-5 frame and athleticism to guard point guards or power forwards. It'll be interesting to see if starting point guard Lewis Jackson's minutes increase, though he plays so hard that may be a tough thing to ask, and we see freshman Terone Johnson get more time defending opposing team's point guards.
Barlow's absence also could put more pressure on D.J. Byrd, who starts as an undersized forward and often is matched up against opposing team's power forwards but can get a breather from Barlow.