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December 17, 2009Following an arrest early Thursday morning on a warrant for an unpaid traffic violation, Missouri senior guard J.T. Tiller has been suspended for Saturday's game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"He will not play in this game," head coach Mike Anderson said. "J.T., we talk about him being the face of our program. With everything he's done, everything that you ask of a student-athlete, it just shows you if it can happen to J.T., it can happen to anyone. With that being said, we'll deal with it in-house."
Tiller was arrested by the Boone County Sherriff and paid a $185 dollar fine. Last January, Leo Lyons had a similar incident and was suspended for a game against Colorado. He returned to the lineup the next game against Iowa State, but did not start. Anderson said Tiller will be in the lineup when Missouri faces Illinois in St. Louis on Wednesday.
"No one feels worse than J.T. Tiller, I'm going to tell you that," Anderson said. "He'll step up, I think he'll be a better person. I think he'll take whatever is coming towards him and he'll move on. And we'll move on."
Missouri's players were not available for interviews on Thursday due to finals week. The Tigers tip off against 0-and-8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.