Rice, Cosby Suspended Indefinitely

Illinois will have to do without two of its key contributors even longer now as guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby have been suspended indefinitely from the team.

In a release provided to media upon arrival at the State Farm Center, Illinois announced the suspensions of guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby.

The suspensions come at a crucial time for the Illinois hoops team, who have been struggling with injuries and fighting to gain traction in the Big Ten.

Below is the official release from the Illinois sports information department:

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Saturday morning the suspensions of senior guard Rayvonte Rice (Champaign, Ill.) and junior guard Aaron Cosby (Louisville, Ky.).

"Rayvonte and Aaron have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules," Groce said. "Hopefully they will make better choices and make the necessary progress to rejoin our lineup."

Rice started the first 15 games before fracturing a bone in his left hand on Jan. 5 that forced him to miss the most recent six games. Rice leads the Illini in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rig) and steals (1.8 spg) on the season.

Cosby played in the first 19 games, starting 13, before a retinal tear in his left eye caused him to miss the last two games. Cosby ranks fourth on the Illini in scoring (7.8 ppg) and is second on the team with 32 three-pointers.

IlliniPlaybook will have more on this developing story as it is made available.

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