Illinois center Mike Thorne, Jr. tries to take a shot against Iowa State's Abdel Nader, right, and George Niang in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/M
Mark Wallheiser
November 30, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois starting center Mike Thorne Jr. is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Illinois (3-4) announced Monday that the fifth-year center was injured in Saturday's loss to then-No. 4 Iowa State. Thorne had surgery Monday.

Thorne was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. He is the team's leading rebounder, playing 22.1 minutes a game.

Thorne has started all seven games for Illinois, which played the Cyclones evenly before he left and eventually lost 84-73.

Illinois has had a series of injuries this season. Point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Kendrick Nunn, Leron Black and Jaylon Tate have all missed games so far.

The Illini host Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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