Missouri’s basketball team could be down to seven scholarship players for tonight’s first-round game in the National Invitation Tournament after Saturday’s arrest of guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector, along with MU football players Aarion Penton and Shaun Rupert.

All four were cited for suspicion of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana during a traffic stop in Columbia.

At 11:32 p.m., Columbia Police officers pulled over Rupert’s car at 501 East Broadway in a Commerce Bank parking lot when the officers noticed his expired rear license plates as he made a right turn, police said. Officers detected an odor of marijuana in the car and found a package of Swisher Sweets cigarillos containing what a field test determined to be marijuana. Rupert and his three passengers, the other Mizzou athletes, were arrested and released on signature summons.

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith suspended Clark and Rector and held them out of practice Monday. In tonight’s NIT opener, the Tigers (22-11) host Davidson (20-12) at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Haith said he wanted to “gather more information on what happened” before deciding their status for tonight.

Clark, a freshman from Detroit, has been Mizzou’s primary backup point guard this season, averaging 4.1 points in 20.4 minutes a game. Rector, another backup guard from New York, has appeared in 22 of 33 games off the bench.

Penton and Rupert are also suspended, football team spokesman Chad Moller said.