Illini's Frazier to undergo MRI on thigh injury

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) is in the midst of a 10-games-in-22-days stretch, and now the Illini (8-0) might have to deal with a significant injury.

Freshman guard Chester Frazier suffered a thigh injury during a pregame practice Monday and will have an MRI exam Tuesday night.

Coach Bruce Weber said he wouldn't know the extent of the injury until after that exam. But Weber said doctors told him it could range from a bruise to a torn muscle, which could keep Frazier out of action for a while.

Frazier didn't play in the Illini's 75-49 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Monday night. In the first seven games of the season, he's averaged 16 minutes a game off the bench.