Northwestern loses Jared Swopshire for the season

Can't Northwestern get a break? And not that kind of break, where something in the body breaks. Poor Bill Carmody, he's clearly on the hot seat, and the injuries keep piling up to hurt him.

First it was the best player on the team, Drew Crawford. Both Alexs Olah and Marcotullio haven't been themselves. Reggie Hearn, a key scorer, has missed some time. And now this: Northwestern graduate student Jared Swopshire a transfer from Louisville, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Jared Swopshire suffered the injury during last Saturday's game at Iowa.

"We all feel badly for Jared that he won't be able to play out the remainder of his final collegiate season," Carmody said in a statement. "He has been a terrific addition to the program, both on and off the court. He was enjoying a very productive year and was playing his most consistent basketball of the season when the injury occurred. There is every indication that he'll experience a full recovery."

Jared Swopshire started all 24 of the Wildcats' games to date this season, averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. His average of 7.5 rebounds per contest in Big Ten play currently ranks fifth in the league. The overall norm of 6.7 rebounds per game marks the highest average by a Northwestern player since Evan Eschmeyer, yes the guy who was there for like six years, averaged 10.1 per contest during the 1998-99 season.

Jared Swopshire had really big shoes to fill this season. He took over for John Shurna, the program's all-time leading scorer.

NU (13-11, 4-7 Big Ten) returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday when it takes on No. 13/14 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. With an RPI in the 90s, the Wildcats need to secure some more big wins to earn their 5th straight NIT berth. They're right on the bubble in that department.

 

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