LIVE! Ayo out, Illini host Huskers on Senior Night


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Ayo Dosunmu won’t play against Nebraska on Thursday night due to a facial injury, according to a release from the team. Dosunmu went down at Michigan State on Tuesday night after getting hit driving to the basket by Mady Sissoko late in the second half. He was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game. Dosunmu remained in the contest but missed two free throws after a timeout, scoring five points in the final four minutes. He went 2-for-6 from the field in that time and 1-for-4 from the free throw line.

“Ayo is eager to play,” Head Coach Brad Underwood said. “We are hopeful for his return to our lineup.”

The Illini (16-6, 12-4 B1G) narrowly beat the last place Huskers (5-16, 1-13) in overtime 13 days ago in Lincoln. Nebraska followed it up by winning its first league game of the season, taking down Penn State on the road, but have lost four straight since. The rematch in Champaign was originally scheduled for Wednesday, then moved to the final week of the regular season, then moved to today.

Seniors Trent Frazier, Da’Monte Williams and walk-on Zach Griffith, a Fisher native, will be honored before the game. They could all return next season, after the NCAA passed a blanket waiver granting players an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19. For now though, they will celebrate the past four years and helping turn the program around.

“To see where I came in at until now is incredible, especially with the group of guys in that locker room that I’ve played with,” Frazier said.

“It’s been amazing, incredible guy there, Tyler as well, Zima (Zach), and being around Coach Underwood, it’ll be weird not seeing those guys’ face everyday,” Williams added.

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