Report: Northwestern’s Pardon returning this week

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Northwestern’s frontcourt is set to add reinforcements.

Dererk Pardon, who has missed the last eight games due to a hand injury, is expected to return to the court for the Wildcats on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The 6-foot-8 center underwent surgery to his right (non-shooting) hand early last month. Northwestern went 7-1 in his absence, with the lone loss coming Friday against Michigan State. The Wildcats have Minnesota at home Thursday.

Pardon was averaging 6.9 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor for Northwestern. While the Wildcats were successful without Pardon, his return helps bolster a lineup that is currently enjoying a 12-3 start to the season in an attempt to secure the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.