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No additional discipline for Indiana basketball guard Xavier Johnson after Flagrant 2 Foul at Rutgers



Xavier Johnson was ejected in last night's game at Rutgers. (Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

After last night’s embarrassing performance in the 66-57 loss to Rutgers, Indiana basketball catches a little bit of break when it comes to their team captain, Xavier Johnson.

In the second half of the game, at the 13:10 mark last night with Indiana basketball trialing 39-35, 6th-year senior guard Xavier Johnson received a Flagrant 2 foul after seen getting his hand going below the belt trying to get through a screen of Rutgers big man Antwone Woolfolk. It was originally called a foul on Woolfolk but would be reversed after the officials reviewed resulting in Johnson being ejected for the rest of the game.

He exited the floor playing just 23 minutes scoring only two points and adding 1 assist and 1 rebound. He contributed to 5 of Indiana basketball’s 18 total turnovers.

A little more news came out today regarding more potential punishment for Xavier Johnson’s action last night. Per Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, there will be no additional discipline from the conference regarding Xavier Johnson’s Flagrant 2 last night at Rutgers, which was confirmed by the Big Ten. Osterman also reported Flagrant 2 fouls can be reviewed for further punitive action, though it is not automatic however in this case, no further action will be taken.

Overall, it was poor leadership from one of the senior captains on this young Indiana basketball team.

“I expects our seniors…(Anthony) Walker, X (Xavier Johnson), Gallow (Trey Galloway)…those three guys are seniors, they got to help lead,” Indiana basketball head coach Mike Woodson said postgame.

Indiana basketball is back in action this Friday when they host Minnesota and look to bounce back from one of their worst losses of the season at Rutgers. The Hoosiers are 3-2 in the Big Ten with an overall record of 11-5.

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.