MRI on Illinois' Dosunmu Reveals 'No Structural Damage'


Illinois sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu suffered a gruesome-looking leg injury on the final possession of Tuesday's 70-69 loss to Michigan State. But according to Illinois' release on Wednesday, an MRI revealed "no structural damage."

"What happened with Ayo last night is as difficult a situation as you'll see a young man go through, and a feeling where the outcome of the game goes from primary to secondary in a split second," head coach Brad Underwood said a statement. "We received positive news today from the MRI scan. Our medical staff will work with him around the clock on treatment and recovery. Ayo and his family have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from Illini Nation and college basketball fans everywhere."

Dosunmu, the team's leading scorer this season, was in the midst of collecting his dribble before a possible game-winning shot attempt when he slipped just to the right of the painted area. 

He immediately grabbed his knee and had to be helped off the floor by members of the Illinois training staff. 

The injury was preceded seconds earlier by a go-ahead put-back basket from Michigan State's Xavier Tillman. 

The Fighting Illini are in the midst of their best season since 2012-13, when they were ranked as high as No. 10 and lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament. 

Their 16 wins are already more than they had in the previous two years. They have been ranked as high as No. 19 this season.

Dosunmu entered Tuesday night's contest averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 assists per game. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss.