Illini's Frazier had surgery for hand injury, team says

John Supinie

Illinois guard Chester Frazier won't play against Michigan in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game Friday after surgery one day earlier to repair his injured right hand, team spokesman Kent Brown said.

But Illinois still hopes Frazier will play in the NCAA Tournament next week.

Frazier underwent "minor surgery on Thursday because it gave him the best chance to return next week,'' Brown said. "Beyond that, I can't comment because of patient confidentiality rules.''

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