Illini hoops: Pair of Illinois guards will play vs. Arkansas State
Two Illinois guards are good to go for Friday night’s tilt against Arkansas State.
Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer reported that starting guard Andre Curbelo and reserve Trent Frazier are expected to play Friday night. Curbelo had been in concussion protocol and Frazier has been dealing with a shoulder injury.
Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET between Illinois and Arkansas State.
Both Curbelo and Frazier missed Illinois’ season opener against Jackson State, but the Illini still cruised to a 71-47 victory to start the year 1-0. The availability of the two guards is huge for Brad Underwood’s team, as it’s still without Kofi Cockburn (NCAA suspension) and Austin Hutcherson because of a tailbone injury.
Curbelo was the B1G Sixth Man of the Year in 2020-21 as a true freshman. He averaging 9.1 points and 4.2 assists per contest. Over the course of his career, Frazier has averaged 11.4 points per game for the Fighting Illini.
Jacob Grandison was the leading scorer for Illinois in the season-opening win over Jackson State, scoring 20 points. Coleman Hawkins also hit double figures with 13.