CHAMPAIGN — In Sunday’s 49-43 loss at Northwestern, Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice scored eight points on 2-of-11 shooting. It was the first time in his Illinois career that the Centennial product failed to score in double figures and it could be due in some part to the fact that he has an adductor strain.
Rice’s status is day-to-day, Groce said on his radio show Monday night.
Illinois coach John Groce said on Monday that Rice was battling through an injury to his hip during Sunday’s loss.
“It is a hip, I think it’s a little bit sore,” Groce said Monday morning.
It’s getting to be the time of year when players from all over the country are dealing with various bumps and bruises, and the Illini are no different. In addition to Rice, Groce alluded to the fact that some other Illini are banged up right now, too.
“That’s part of it. We don’t have any excuses,” he said. “Obviously, I’m concerned about all those guys’ health as I am with all our players. We’ve got to get those guys ready to go.”
Despite the off game Sunday, Rice leads the Big Ten in scoring at 18.1 points per game.
“He wasn’t playing as mobile (Sunday),” Groce said. “Ray’s a pretty tough kid, so we’ll see. I’m sure he’ll try to fight through it. He wanted to play yesterday and he wasn’t quite as mobile, so hopefully we can get him back to 100 percent soon.”