Minnesota without Destiny Pitts in loss to Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota suspended leading scorer Destiny Pitts before the Gophers' Big Ten game at Illinois on Sunday.

The Gophers said Pitts was suspended for "conduct unbecoming a member of the team." Minnesota also said Taiye Bello and Kehinde Bello would not play against the Illini. No reason was given for their absences.

Entering Sunday, Pitts led Minnesota with 16.3 points per game. Taiye Bello was Minnesota's leading rebounder at 9.9 per game. Both played in all 15 games until Sunday, with Kehinde Bello coming off the bench in 14 games.

Illinois (10-6, 1-4 Big Ten) beat Minnesota 74-71 Sunday, handing the Gophers (11-5, 1-4) their fourth consecutive Big Ten loss.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.