During his weekly teleconference, Illinois coach John Groce told the media that redshirt-freshman Michael Finke is "very unlikely" to play against Rutgers on Wednesday. Finke, who's averaging 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, suffered a knee contusion late in the team's 63-55 loss to Wisconsin.
Finke underwent an MRI on Monday afternoon, and no serious damage was revealed. Here's a quote from John Groce:
"There's nothing structurally wrong there. It was a knee-on-knee contusion. Those aren't real comfortable or fun. There's some pain that comes with those. I do think it'll get better with some time. Will it get better quick enough to be able to play tomorrow night? I'd say very unlikely. I know our trainer's going to try to work some magic, but I don't think that's going to happen."
~ John Groce
Junior guard Kendrick Nunn was also shaken up against the Badgers, and John Groce labeled him a game-time decision.
"He looked OK. His mobility much like it was in the second half the other night when he shot the ball short and didn't move very well on either end of the floor post the contusion or the hit there, he looked very similar yesterday and today. So how effective he'll be, I don't know. He'll be a game-time decision based on what our trainers are able to do, as will Finke. I just think (Nunn) is a little bit more probably than Finke is my gut. I'll trust our trainers on that in terms of making that decision."
~ John Groce