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How will Chris Collins adjust his rotation to account for the loss of Vic Law?

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern open its 2015-16 season Friday against UMass-Lowell. A day before the campaign commences, we're getting ready for the return of hoops. We've released our season predictions, discussed various storylines in a preseason edition of Wildcat Shootaround, and put together scouting reports for every scholarship player.

However, less than a week before the season opener, the Wildcats were dealt a huge blow when Vic Law and the program decided that the sophomore would undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Law's absence will significantly alter coach Chris Collins' rotation. Law played over 24 minutes per game last year, and we had him projected for a slight increase in his sophomore season. Where those minutes go will be a major storyline to follow throughout non-conference play.

Based on last year's rotation, conversations with those close to the program, our own analysis, and other factors, here's how we see playing time being distributed in 2015-16:

Starting lineup Minutes per game
Bryant McIntosh 34
Tre Demps 35
Sanjay Lumpkin 22
Aaron Falzon 24
Alex Olah 27
Bench Minutes per game
Scottie Lindsey 24
Nate Taphorn 12
Joey van Zegeren 14
Gavin Skelly 6
Jordan Ash 2
Dererk Pardon 0 (will redshirt)
Charlie Hall 0

More analysis can be heard on the Thursday edition of our podcast, Pound The Talk. It will be released Thursday afternoon.