Illinois basketball’s Rice, Cosby suspended indefinitely

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Illinois basketball’s Rice, Cosby suspended indefinitely

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) draws contact while attempting a shot during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) draws contact while attempting a shot during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) draws contact while attempting a shot during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) draws contact while attempting a shot during the game against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center on Dec. 27, 2014. The Illini won 93-45.

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
 
The suspension was announced Saturday morning less than an hour before the Illini tipped off against Penn State at State Farm Center.
 
“Hopefully they will make better choices and make the necessary progress to rejoin our lineup,” Illinois head coach John Groce said in a press release.
 
Rice and Cosby were both close to returning from injuries prior to the announcement. Groce had said there was a chance they could play Saturday.
 
Rice was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder before suffering a broken hand in early January. Cosby, who has started 13 games for Illinois this year, was out with a retinal tear in his left eye.