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Missouri junior guard suspended indefinitely for academic reasons

Basil Smotherman, Deuce Bello

Basil Smotherman, Deuce Bello


Freshman Jakeenan Gant made his first start of the season for Missouri Tuesday night in their 74-72 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in Kansas City, but that wasn’t the only personnel move made by head coach Kim Anderson. According to a report from the Columbia Missourian following the game, junior guard Deuce Bello has been suspended indefinitely for “some academic issues.”

It is unknown when Bello, who began his college career at Baylor and did not play Tuesday night, will be allowed to return to the court.

Bello came off the bench in each of Missouri’s first 11 games of the season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes of action per game. Bello’s most productive game of the season came in a loss to Purdue at the Maui Invitational, as he scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in a season-high 16 minutes of action.

The Tigers have lost four of their last five heading into Saturday’s non-conference finale against Lipscomb, and they open SEC play January 8 against LSU.

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