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Updated Mar 7, 2012 - 6:41 pm

UA guard Josiah Turner suspended indefinitely

Arizona guard Josiah Turner, top, drives past Washington State forward Brock Motum (obscured) for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

The Arizona Wildcats will take to the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles as the fourth seed against UCLA Thursday, but they'll be doing so short-handed.

Head coach Sean Miller announced Wednesday that freshman guard Josiah Turner has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, and won't play in the Pac-12 Tournament.

"I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions. Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team," Miller said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

"However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances. Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson."

Turner, a highly-touted guard from Sacramento, played in 29 games (17 starts) this season for the Wildcats, and averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 assists.

Miller also suspended Turner for a single game in December at Florida, which the Wildcats lost 78-72. Fellow freshman Sidiki Johnson was first suspended then dismissed by Miller after seeing playing time in only three games.


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