Columbia Cougars open NAIA D-I tournament on Wednesday The NAIA Division I National Championships get underway in Kansas City on Wednesday.  The Cougars of Columbia College, from Columbia, Missouri will take on Azusa, California at 2:15. 

However, the Cougars will be without three of it’s players after head coach Bob Burchard suspended junior forwards Christian Lewis (#30) and Michael Aquirre (#40) along with freshmen Jake Alexander (#50, top row, third from left) for violating team policy.

The three players will miss the entire tournament, thus ending their season. No details have been released as to why the players were suspended.  Alexander played in 30 games this year and was averaged 1.1 ppg.  Aquirre played in 27 games and averaged 1.9 ppg, and Lewis played in 33 games and averaged 8.4 ppg.