Northwestern (15-3, 3-2) looks to hold serve Saturday night when it plays host to Penn State (10-8, 1-4) on #SocialMediaNight at Welsh Ryan Arena.
Saturday could mark the return of starting center Alex Olah, who is officially a game time decision with a foot injury that's forced him to sit out the last six contests. Even if Olah plays it's likely to be in a reduced role to avoid rushing the big man back and risking re-injury.
With that said, Chris Collins and company can't welcome their 7-footer back any sooner with NU's most difficult stretch of the season looming. After hosting Penn State (151st in KenPom), Northwestern (51st) has four consecutive games against top-25 opponents (at No. 16 Maryland, at No. 25 Indiana, vs. No. 10 Michigan St., at No. 4 Iowa).
If Olah returns Saturday, albeit in a limited role, it'll be interesting to see how Collins uses Joey van Zegeren and Dererk Pardon moving forward. It's no secret how he'll use Bryant McIntosh, however, who's emerged from one of his best games in purple and white as "the guy" for this Northwestern team. What will the sophomore point guard do for an encore? Here's how to watch to find out: