View Full Version : Chester Frazier Officially OUT for Illini

03-18-2009, 05:45 PM
According to ESPN......


But for now, just beat Akron!

03-18-2009, 05:50 PM
The article/blog says he out for Thursday's game. FWIW, it doesn't mention his status for a potential Saturday game...

03-18-2009, 06:00 PM
I caught a special on the Big10 Network this afternoon listing all player awards for their conference. Frazier was named to the all-defensive team and runner-up for Defensive Player-of-the-Year. If he doesn't play, its a huge loss for the Illini. He doesn't average a ton of pts(5.5 per), yet he's a big time floor leader, starting PG, and by far the best defensive player(and they're a great defensive team). Considering my geographic affiliation, I watched nearly all the Big-10 Tourney games and Illinois looked awful without him. If he's officially out, I'm not sure they can escape WKU in Round 1. I'm buying the 5-12 upset hype in this one.

All that said, the Big10 Network showed clips of interviews from teams around the conference while each prepare for the NCAA's and Chester stated himself, "My team needs me and this is it for me, I'm planning on playing in the Tourney and if I'm open, I'm gonna shoot it." He was being interviewed with a large cast on his right hand, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Angelo Roncalli
03-18-2009, 06:22 PM
PORTLAND - In an announcement that had been expected, Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Wednesday starting guard Chester Frazier has been ruled out of the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Illinois opens against Western Kentucky Thursday night and would play the winner of the Gonzaga-Akron game on Saturday.