Nebraska, led by Terran Petteway, Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields, shot the lights out. It didn't matter if they were open (which they were way too often) or covered. Nebraska made 10-of-21 threes and shot almost 63 percent from the floor. Northwestern's defense wasn't its only problem. At one point in the second half, the Wildcats didn't score for over six minutes. After a decent offensive first half, Northwestern really struggled getting the ball to Alex Olah inside after he had a good first half. Another theme emerging is that Northwestern has major trouble against teams with one player head-and-shoulders above his teammates. D'Angelo Russell and Petteway have both had huge games. Let's get to the grades.
Bryant McIntosh: D+
Stats: 1/6 FG, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers
Simply put, Northwestern is going to need McIntosh to be much better if they want to compete the rest of the year. The freshman really struggled with his patented floater tonight. McIntosh looked hesitant at times and had some uncharacteristic turnovers. Overall, much like the team, it just wasn't his night. One would hope this isn't a sign of things to come as the Big Ten grind wears down the freshman, but rather an anomaly.
Scottie Lindsey: B-
Stats: 4/8, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 turnovers
Lindsey continued to show confidence in his three-point stroke. He is one of Northwestern's top shooters when set, but he struggles when having to shoot on the move, as evidenced by his airballed three in the second half. Still, Lindsey is a great option when anyone can get penetration and kick the ball out to him. He, like everyone else, struggled against Petteway on the defensive end.
Tre Demps: C-
Stats: 3/8, 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 turnovers
A really quiet night for Demps, who didn't necessarily do anything wrong, but also didn't do a whole lot right. It was just a quiet night for Northwestern's junior guard. Not a whole lot to say, other than he also struggled to defend Petteway. (Do you see a trend here?)
JerShon Cobb: B
Stats: 3/3, 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 turnovers
Cobb started on fire, knocking down all of his threes, but as the game continued, he basically disappeared on the offensive end. It would be beneficial if Cobb looked for his shot more; he's one of very few Northwestern players that can create their own shot. The oft-injured senior will never be the explosive offensive force he once was, but it would be nice if he looked for his shot more often.
Alex Olah: B
Stats: 6/8, 16 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 turnovers
Olah looked great offensively in the first half, going 5-6 from the field and aggressively demanding the ball in the post. But in the second half, Northwestern got away from feeding him the ball, and his impact was minimal. He needs to do a much better job on the glass. Had he gathered in, say, eight rebounds tonight, he would have earned an A.
Vic Law: B-
Stats: 3/8, 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers
Law looked for his shot a lot tonight, at times too much. Still he brought energy and effort, and provided a glimpse of his athleticism with an above-the-rim tip-in. Still, he tends to over dribble and sometimes force shots. Overall, this was a positive performance from Law, considering how poorly he had played recently.
Jeremiah Kreisburg: C
Stats: 1/1, 2 points, 1 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 turnovers
Not much of an impact from Kreisberg tonight in any category, as you can see above.
Dave Sobolewski: C-
Stats: 0/1, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 turnovers
Sobolewski was a non-factor as well
Sanjay Lumpkin: D+
Stats: 0/1, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 turnovers
Lumpkin, surprisingly, was also invisible for the second game in a row.
Gavin Skelly and Johnnie Vassar: N/A