The Wildcats played their best game in a while against an admittedly poor opponent, and that means solid grades across the board, especially for Northwestern's guards. Here we go:
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Bryant McIntosh: A
36 minutes, 20 points, 7 of 14 (4 of 7 from three), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Yet another superb game from Northwestern's sophomore point guard. McIntosh controlled the game throughout and set the all-time single-season Northwestern assist record in the second half. He also shot very well from deep and was consistently getting open away from the ball. The only thing keeping McIntosh from an A+ is that he didn't have any assists until the second half, which is more about just how good he's been this season than anything else.
Tre Demps: A+
38 minutes, 23 points, 8 of 13 (3 of 7 from three), 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
This was probably Demps' best game of the season, replacing Sunday's 30-point effort against Iowa. He was efficient from the field, hit a few threes and set his career high in assists. After his performances against the Hawkeyes and Gophers it seems that Demps is finally out of whatever funk he was in earlier in conference play. The Wildcats will need more games like this from the senior as the season rapidly reaches its conclusion.
Aaron Falzon: B
27 minutes, 10 points , 3 of 9 (2 of 7 from three), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal
Falzon started the game hot, but missed his last five threes to finish with a somewhat average line. He didn't play a bad game by any standards, but was pretty much a non-factor after his two three pointers early on. Helping the team get out to a fast start bumps up his grade, but there's certainly room for improvement.
Sanjay Lumpkin: C+
22 minutes, 4 points, 1 of 1, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
This is what you could call a classic Sanjay Lumpkin performance, especially with the four fouls. The lack of rebounds hurts him a bit, but he was active on the defensive game and hit a three pointer. Lumpkin did his job and added to the team beyond the boxscore but his lack of production in the boxscore lands him just above average.
Dererk Pardon: C
18 minutes, 4 points, 1 of 4, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Pardon started and scored the first points of the game, but wasn't very visible after that. It would have been nice to see more than four rebounds in 18 minutes and being 1 of 4 from the field doesn't help either. In fact McIntosh led the team in rebounding which probably shouldn't happen. However, with the game out of hand Pardon didn't exactly need to crash the boards as much as he usually does, he comes in right around average.
Scottie Lindsey: C
19 minutes, 6 points, 2 of 4 (1 of 3 from three), 1 rebound
Coming off his best performance of the year Lindsey submitted an okay performance against Minnesota. He scored six points but didn't really do much beyond that, other than give up some open shots on defense. Lindsey has the special talent of playing a decent chunk of minutes and not really producing anything in the box score. Northwestern won easily so that keeps him in the C range, but Lindsey has been inconsistent for much of the season.
Alex Olah: C
16 minutes, 6 points, 3 of 4, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks
Olah certainly wasn't bad, but he just doesn't look like himself right now. His only missed shot was an open three pointer, but it just looks like it's hard for him to be physical down low. Hopefully his foot heals a little more before seasons end because he's still not at full power at the moment.
Gavin Skelly: B
13 minutes, 4 points, 2 of 2, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Skelly had a really good game given his limited minutes. He had the second most rebounds on the team and played very physical. Minnesota's Joey King was having some real trouble with Skelly down low. He passed up a bunch of open threes, but given his shooting record there are worse things he could have done.
Joey van Zegeren: C
6 minutes, 2 points, 1 of 1
With the emergence of Pardon and the return of Olah, van Zegeren will continue to see diminished minutes. He did score on a nice post move for his only points.
Nate Taphorn, Jordan Ash, Charlie Hall: NA
Taphorn hit a three, Ash missed a layup and Charlie Hall got in the scorebook with a foul, that's about it.