Missouri State guard Marcus Marshall will not return to the team after being suspended indefinitely earlier in the week, the school announced Friday.
Marshall was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week for “conduct detrimental to the team.” The junior guard was averaging 19.5 points per game, the second-best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, while shooting 45.9% from the field and 45.6% from beyond the arc.
“Marcus is a good kid who is trying to find his way, and we wish him the best,” Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said in a release. “This is a mutual decision that will be the best thing moving forward for our program and for him.”
Missouri State (8-9, 2-3 MVC) was already struggling this season. Since winning their first two Valley games, the Bears have lost three in a row. And they face two really tough games, at Northern Iowa and at home against Wichita State, in the next few days.
Kenpom was already projecting the Bears to finish 6-12 with Marshall in the MVC, which would put them in 7th place in the league and place them in the conference tournament’s play-in game. Missouri State has not won fewer than seven conference games since the 2008-09, when the team finished 3-15 and 11-20 overall under current California coach Cuonzo Martin.
With their leading scorer gone, a top-six spot in the Valley for the Bears now looks highly unlikely, and they could have their worst conference performance of the Lusk era.