Yikes. Sleeping on this one doesn't make it any more fun or easy to grade. The Northwestern Wildcats couldn't shoot, couldn't defend and, couldn't win because of that. So here we go:
Tre Demps: B-
40 minutes, 22 points, 9 of 20 (2 of 8 from three), 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Demps's final stats weren't all that bad, but 22 points on 20 shots isn't exactly the efficiency you're looking for. Nevertheless, Demps looked, at the very least, a little more confident and under control at the basket. He's still holds on to the ball for too long, but maybe this will get him going.
Bryant McIntosh: B-
38 minutes, 12 points, 6 of 15 (0 of 3 from three), 10 assists, 4 rebounds
Northwestern's point guard had a tough night from the field, as Penn State defended the pick-and-roll very well. He still managed to collect 10 assists (out of the team's 14). It's becoming apparently clear, however, that he needs some help.
Aaron Falzon: D-
24 minutes, 5 points, 2 of 11 (1 of 9 from three), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Aaron Falzon is now 3 of 22 from three at home in Big Ten play. That's not good. His quick trigger really hurt the Wildcats.
Sanjay Lumpkin: C+
22 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 2, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
This was a pretty typical game from Lumpkin: solid rebounding, hard-nosed defense and not much of an impact offensively. He wasn't the most noticeable player, but he usually isn't anyway. Not a bad game from Lumpkin.
Dererk Pardon: B
20 minutes, 12 points 5 of 6, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Pardon provided a nice boost of energy off the bench and shot at a very high percentage. He's a big, physical body down low with good hands, and he knows how to get position. However, he absolutely has to get better at the free throw line. He went 2 of 5 tonight.
Scottie Lindsey: D+
17 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 4 (0 of 3 from three), 3 rebounds
Lindsey is becoming a maddeningly difficult player to follow. Some games, he brings the skill, size, athleticism and energy needed off the bench. Other games, like against Penn State, he just doesn't bring that. Saturday night was one of those games. He needs to be a guy that can bring a spark off the bench. He also picked up five fouls in just 17 minutes.
Nathan Taphorn: C-
14 minutes, 0 points, 0 of 2 (0 of 2 from three), 1 rebound
Not much tonight from Taphorn. He missed his only two shots. He's a guy that can really help when he's hitting.
Joey van Zegeren: C-
13 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 1, 1 rebound
van Zegeren's minutes took a slight hit with Olah's return, but it was really that Pardon simply played better. Just one rebound in 13 minutes is not impressive, though.
Alex Olah: C-
7 minutes, 5 points, 1 of 4, 2 rebounds
In limited minutes, Olah showed some rust but also showed why he's so important. He got position and decent looks — looks he will probably make in a week or so — and also knocked down 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
Gavin Skelly and Jordan Ash played 3 and 2 minutes, respectively.