Northwestern will not have its leading scorer Scottie Lindsey for the second straight game, but forward Nathan Taphorn is expected to be available for the Illinois game, Chris Collins said today.
Collins said that Taphorn would be available as long as he gets through today’s practice, but completely ruled out Lindsey. He did not elaborate on Lindsey’s illness, which has kept him out for a week.
Lindsey missed the Purdue trip with an illness, and Taphorn did not play with a left ankle injury that he suffered against Indiana. With both players out, Northwestern suffered a blowout loss to Purdue last Wednesday that halted the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak.
Lindsey’s absence will continue to negatively affect Northwestern. Lindsey is the team’s leading scorer and his defense has been key at times this year. He had the second highest usage rate of the five starters and Northwestern must adapt better to his absence on offense.
At least Northwestern will get Taphorn and his three-point shooting back for Illinois. The short-handed Wildcats had a miserable offensive night against Purdue, especially from three. Hopefully with Taphorn back, Northwestern won’t wait until the second half to hit a three-pointer.
Northwestern faces in-state rival Illinois at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday night.