October 27, 2015

Northwestern at a glance

Eds: With BKC--Northwestern Preview

By The Associated Press=

Northwestern

Last season: 15-17, lost in second round of Big Ten Tournament.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Chris Collins.

Conference: Big Ten.

Key returners: G Bryant McIntosh, Wildcats are counting on him to build on a freshman season in which he averaged 11.4 points; G Tre Demps, led the team in scoring at 12.5 as a junior but the Wildcats will need more from him; C Alex Olah, was second in scoring as a junior at 11.7 points and led the team in rebounding (6.9 per game) and blocks (1.8).

Who left: G JerShon Cobb and G Dave Sobolewski. Cobb, who started 16 of 21 games, was one of Northwestern's more reliable 3-point shooters at 36.4 percent. Sobolewski only played about 11 minutes per game with McIntosh starting but was a team leader.

The Skinny: The school that hosted the first Final Four still has not made the NCAA Tournament. But with some promising talent as they enter their third year under Collins, the Wildcats hope to shoo away that familiar old albatross.

You May Like