Illinois center Mike Thorne Jr. will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Thorne, a graduate transfer from Charlotte, has started all seven of the Illini’s games this season and is third on the team with 13.4 points per game. He is averaging a team-high 8.4 rebounds rebounds per game and has blocked five shots.
Illinois is 3–4 this season and faces Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at home on Wednesday.
- Dan Gartland