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Rayvonte Rice Is A Game-time Decision

Rayvonte Rice was diagnosed with an adductor strain that may keep him out of Illinois' game with Purdue on Wednesday.

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UPDATE: Rayvonte Rice is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="">@SLGreenberg</a>: As of this morning, Rayvonte Rice is officially a &#39;game-time decision&#39; for tonight vs. PUR <a href=""></a> <a href=";src=hash">#Illini</a></p>&mdash; Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) <a href="">January 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Following Illinois loss to Northwestern on Sunday night, questions surfaced about Rayvonte Rice's health. Rice scored a season-low eight points while shooting 2-for-11 from the field in 31 minutes. His mobility was clearly limited, as was his finishing ability.

Last night and this morning, John Groce indicated that Rice dealt with a sore hip during the game. Here's the tweet, per the Chicago Tribune's Shannon Ryan.

Rice's hip was evaluated further on Monday, and he was diagnosed with an adductor strain, according to WCIA's Aaron Bennett.

He is day-to-day, meaning that he potentially could miss the Fighting Illini's matchup with Purdue on Wednesday. An injured Rayvonte led the Illini to their worst loss in decades, so an absent Rice--against a better team--might very well serve as the white flag.

Without Rice are the Illini doomed in what has become a vital conference game?