Northwestern will end 2017 with a huge sigh of relief. An MRI on Bryant McIntosh’s left knee revealed that the senior avoided “major ligament damage” from an injury sustained in Saturday’s game against Brown.
An MRI on Sunday revealed no major ligament damage to the left knee of Bryant McIntosh. He is considered day-to-day. #B1GCats pic.twitter.com/IOoGbxuRN4— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) December 31, 2017
McIntosh exited the game early in the second half and is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced by a combination of Jordan Ash (20 minutes), Isiah Brown (17) and Anthony Gaines (22), who helped lead Northwestern’s comeback effort.
The Wildcats host Nebraska in their Big Ten opener on Jan. 2, and McIntosh’s status is up in the air. It wouldn’t be a surprise for Chris Collins to rest his point guard with the goal of a return on Friday against Penn State or even the ensuing week when conference play picks up.
McIntosh’s health is paramount to this team’s success in the Big Ten. Should he miss time, Northwestern’s depth will be tested to its fullest.