If Northern Iowa is going to win its first outright Missouri Valley Conference title and solidify its case for an at-large bid, the Panthers will have to do it without their starting center.
Jordan Eglseder, Northern Iowa's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, has been suspended for the Panthers' next three games following an arrest late Saturday night for drunken driving. The school announced the suspension via press release on Sunday evening.
"Jordan used extremely poor judgment and as a result has let down himself, his teammates, his fellow students, as well as our alumni and fans," Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said in the statement. "I am highly disappointed in Jordan and his actions."
Despite a road loss at Bradley on Saturday, Northern Iowa (22-3, 13-2) can clinch the Missouri Valley title with a win over Creighton on Tuesday, but the Panthers can't afford too many more losses if they're going to get an at-large NCAA tournament berth.
They'll host Colonial Athletic Association-leading Old Dominion on Friday in a Bracket Buster game and visit last-place Evansville a week from Tuesday before getting Eglseder back for the regular-season finale against Illinois State.
"I made a regretful decision last night," Eglseder said in the statement. "I want to apologize to my teammates as well as everyone who supports our basketball program. In particular, our student body, our fans and the University. I deeply regret my actions."