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Michael Dixon to miss Missouri’s opener, still suspended

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Missouri will once again be without Michael Dixon on Saturday when they open up their season against SIU-Edwardsville.

Dixon was suspended indefinitely from the team a couple of weeks ago and missed both of the team’s exhibitions. According to this report from the KC Star, Dixon returned to practice last week after missing time, but he still has some work to do to clear up some off-the-court issues.

“He still needs some time to clear up some stuff off the court,” head coach Frank Haith said. “We still love him and support him but we’re excited about the guys we have that are available to play this weekend.”

It’s unclear just how long the suspension is going to last, but Dixon would be a major loss for the Tigers if it is for an extended period of time. His ability to play as a combo-guard alongside Phil Pressey — and the fact that’s he’s a tenacious on-the-ball defender — is part of the reason that I am so high on the Tigers heading into the season.

Missouri won’t play a game that they really need Dixon until November 22nd, when they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.