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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Frank Haith suspends guard Michael Dixon indefinitely

One of the strengths of Mizzou's team coming into Frank Haith's second season as coach of the Missouri Tigers is the speed, quickness, and explosiveness of the back court pairing of Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon.

Unfortunately, the latter of the two finds himself in a bit of trouble as Haith announced on Friday that Dixon has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

While Haith did not say specifically why Dixon was suspended, he did hint that the senior guard has been working on improving his academics as the start of the season approaches.  Haith tried hard to play down the suspension as his team prepares to open their preseason schedule against Northwest Missouri State on Monday night.

“I know when you suspend guys, that’s going to make major headlines,” Haith said. “But within our team, in terms of our guys working, it hasn’t been negative. Our guards are getting a lot of reps. It’s been good for those guys to get the reps they need to get, and we do have some reps.”

Evidently Dixon has not been practicing for some time as he works on his academics and whatever else he is fixing before Haith allows him to come back.

Losing Dixon for an extended period of time could hurt the Tigers down the road.  Dixon is a spark plug who can score in bunches.  He and Pressey together make it really tough for defenses to relax as the duo often pushes the ball down the floor at a lightning pace.

Dixon averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists per game for Mizzou last season while making all 35 of his appearances last season off the Mizzou bench.

Dixon was not the only Tiger suspended by Haith.  Freshman Dominque Bull was also suspended by Haith with no timeline given for his return.