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.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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