Northwestern senior center Alex Olah is out indefinitely with a foot injury, the program announced Sunday. Olah will miss the Wildcats' final non-conference game against Loyola (Md.) Sunday night.
Big Ten Network reported on the halftime show during Ohio State game against South Carolina State that Northwestern expects Olah to miss two-to-three weeks.
Prior to the season, Chris Collins had the following to say about Pardon:
"He's got a huge upside. And with the way our frontline is right now — now, certainly, you're one rolled ankle away from maybe not having to redshirt — but right now the plan is to get a year of development under his belt."
The good news for Northwestern is that Joey van Zegeren, who had missed four games with a foot injury of his own, will return to the lineup Sunday against Loyola (Md.).
Olah's injury is a huge blow for Northwestern. The big Romanian had been averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Without him, Northwestern will have a glaring lack of a post presence on offense. In the preseason, the expectation was that the addition of van Zegeren would help provide athletic, physical depth and a stark contrast to Olah's more finesse style of play. Now, the Wildcats will have to depend on van Zegeren, Pardon, and Gavin Skelly-- who had backed up Olah while van Zegeren missed time-- as their big men for the time being.
Northwestern opens conference play at Nebraska on Wednesday.