Illinois guard Abrams tears Achilles, out for 2nd season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season after tearing an Achilles tendon.

Coach John Groce said Tuesday that Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Groce said he feels terrible for Abrams. Illinois could ask the NCAA to give the senior another year of eligibility.

The injury leaves Illinois with junior Jaylon Tate starting at point guard. Tate shared the spot last season in Abrams' absence, averaging three assists and 3.6 points per game.

Incoming freshman Jalen Coleman-Lands could also play point guard but is out with a stress fracture in his left leg. Groce has said the injury will be re-evaluated this fall.

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