A rough day for the Gophers just got a little rougher.
According to a University of Minnesota press release, Mo Walker has been suspended for six games for violating university policy. The big man will not play tonight, in the Gophers' season opener against Lehigh, which tips off at 7 p.m.
Walker has played a major role in two exhibitions, scoring a total of 28 points and adding 18 rebounds. Without him, the Gophers only option at center is Elliott Eliason. The Gophers will likely be forced to play a four-guard lineup at times.
Walker's six-game suspension means he won't be available until the second game of the Maui Invitational -- after the Syracuse matchup in the first round.
The university has not elaborated on the incident.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.