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Kelsey Barlow Suspended By Purdue For 2011 NCAA Tournament

Purdue has suspended Kelsey Barlow for the 2011 NCAA Tournament for conduct detrimental to the team, according to multiple reports. Barlow, a sophomore guard, has been one of Matt Painter's key reserves off the bench for the No. 9 Boilermakers, who open tournament play Friday evening against St. Peter's. Purdue earned a No. 3 seed in the Southwest region. If seedings hold, Purdue would play Georgetown in the Round of 32.

It's unclear what Barlow did to earn his suspension, but Purdue will definitely miss a valuable defender, especially if the Boilermakers have to deal with the Hoyas' Chris Wright in the third round. Wright broke his hand in February, but announced last week on Twitter that he'll play in the tournament.

Barlow played 32 games for the Boilermakers this season, averaging almost 20 minutes per game. Purdue finished second in the Big Ten Conference behind Ohio State, and was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

For more analysis on Purdue's March Madness hopes, visit Hammer And Rails and SB Nation Indiana.