ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan senior point guard Xavier Simpson has been suspended for the Wolverines’ game against Nebraska on Tuesday night for what coach Juwan Howard called “a violation of team policies.”
The Lima Senior graduate and Michigan team captain is averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game this season. He leads NCAA Division I basketball in assists per game.
Michigan is 11-8 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten. It is on a four-game losing streak, the longest at Michigan since 2015.
Howard said he is not sure if Simpson’s suspension will be limited to one game or if it will be longer.
“We have to look at this thing deeper and deeper and see what we’re going to do going forward,” he said during a press conference on Monday afternoon. Howard did not specify what the violation of team policies was and said it would “be in house.”
“We have team rules and unfortunately he broke one. No one is bigger than the team,” Howard said.
In a press release earlier Monday, Howard said, “While we are disappointed with what has transpired with Xavier, we know there are always lessons to learn and grow from. We take these matters and consequences very seriously. Moving forward, we will continue to handle this matter appropriately within our program and basketball family.”