Two days after Northwestern's stunning 81-74 victory over then-No. 6 Michigan State at Welsh-Ryan Arena, there are still some concerns with Wildcat injuries.
Coach Bill Carmody said Monday that guard JerShon Cobb could play at Wisconsin Wednesday night and is available if need be, but is cautious about using the sophomore. Cobb has tendonitis in his left hip, the same hip he had surgery on in the offseason. Carmody isn't sure if the tendonitis is related to the surgery, but it really doesn't matter if Cobb is not 100 percent.
"I'm not sure how much he can help," Carmody said. "If we don't use him [at Wisconsin], then we'll rest him to see if he can come back in the next few weeks.
Tendonitis can happen anytime with the knees, ankles, Achilles [tendon] or hips. It's part of the whole thing. Sometimes you can push through it, and sometimes not."
And then there's junior guard Alex Marcotullio. The kid has had a rough go this season, what with his left big toe injury that has hampered him since late October and now he has an concussion suffered against the Spartans. Carmody said Marcotullio got concussed in the first half during a free throw attempt. Marcotullio was in the third spot on the foul line and got "whacked" by a Michigan State player. Marcotullio finished the half, but a minute before the Wildcats took the floor for the second half Carmody found out from the school's trainers that Marcotullio was a no-go for the second half. Carmody said he isn't sure if Marcotullio can play Wednesday in Madison.
"He hasn't seen the trainer yet [Monday] so we have to wait and see," Carmody said.
The Wildcats are going to rely on Marcotullio a lot in the next few weeks as NU makes it tournament push. Carmody said Marcotullio can play the point but he's also a great passer and can hit the open shot, especially from three-point range -- and that is where he does the most damage.