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Scottie Lindsey remains out for Northwestern’s game against Maryland

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The Chicago Tribune reports that Lindsey isn’t healthy enough to return to action just yet.

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern leading scorer Scottie Lindsey will not be available for Northwestern’s game against No. 23 Maryland on Wednesday, according to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.

Lindsey has missed the last three games because of mono, and a team source said NU's leading scorer will not return to action Wednesday against Maryland, as hoped.

NU officials would not comment, but those affected by mono often get an enlarged spleen. When that occurs, doctors recommend avoiding contact sports for fear that it will rupture.

Greenstein’s story adds that Lindsey could possibly be cleared to return to practice later this week, but that he will be limited once he does so.

It’s a tough blow for a Northwestern team facing another huge game against a ranked opponent. However, the Wildcats’ upset victory over Wisconsin has afforded them a slightly larger margin of error going forwards. Had they lost in Madison, the pressure would’ve been enormous for Wednesday’s game against the Terrapins, who are 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten.

Bryant McIntosh is averaging 22.7 points per game in Northwestern’s three contests since Lindsey became ill, although he is taking almost 21 field goal attempts per game to get there.