Friday, December 18, 2015

Five players to watch for in Saturday's Northwestern/DePaul game

Northwestern (9-1) and DePaul (5-5) meet Saturday in a local showdown at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Here are five to players who could make an impact where 11 miles separate the respective schools:

1) Northwestern center Alex Olah:

The senior comes into Saturday's game at DePaul, 18 points shy from becoming the 33rd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

In a 78-48 win against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 15, Olah notched his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Olah will look to post back-to-back double-doubles for the first time this season against the Blue Demons.

2) Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh:

McIntosh co-leads the Wildcats in scoring per game with fellow guard Tre Demps (15.6 points).

In nine of his first 10 games this season, McIntosh has managed to finish in double figures nine times, highlighted by a 32-point performance in a 83-80 win in overtime against Columbia on Nov. 20.

3) DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr:

Despite DePaul's ups and downs in non-conference play thus far, the one constant has been Garrett Jr's play.

Garrett Jr leads the team in points and assists with 14.2 and 3.5 per game, respectively.

In DePaul's 79-60 loss on the road to Stanford on Dec. 15, Garrett Jr scored 15 points, but committed as many turnovers as assists with five.

If the Blue Demons are to stand a chance of hanging around against the Wildcats, Garrett Jr will have to cut down on mistakes.

4) Northwestern guard Tre Demps:

As mentioned earlier, Demps and McIntosh co-lead the Wildcats in points per game with 15.6.

Demps can move into 20th all-time in total points, passing Todd Leslie (1990-94) by scoring at least 12 on Saturday.

Similar to McIntosh, the redshirt senior also has amassed double-digit points in nine of ten games this season, highlighted by a season-high 23-point performance against Chicago State on Dec. 13.

5) DePaul guard Eli Cain:

A player under the radar to watch for is Cain as he has played in all 10 games this season and started in the last eight.

Cain has proven to be a reliable option with four double-doubles in his last five games, highlighted by a career-high 20 points in 28 minutes against Chicago State on Dec. 5.

Game Planner:

Northwestern at DePaul

Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

TV/Online: FS1/Fox Sports Go

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