Illinois head coach Brad Underwood all but confirmed that Andre Curbelo will miss Wednesday's McBride Homes Braggin' Rights game against Missouri.
Illinois has lost the last three meetings against its rival and tomorrow won't be any easier with Curbelo out. However, Underwood still expects the Bob Cousy watch list member to return at some point.
The Illini have two more non-conference matchups before the Big Ten schedule begins. Perhaps Underwood is aiming for Illinois' January 2 matchup with Minnesota for Curbelo to return. Nonetheless, the Illini need Curbelo back sooner rather than later if they plan to be atop the Big Ten come March.