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Northwestern’s mid-range game key for Gonzaga to contain

Junior guard Bryant McIntosh (center) is one of Northwestern’s main offensive weapons. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Junior guard Bryant McIntosh (center) is one of Northwestern’s main offensive weapons. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Northwestern’s offense revolves around guard Bryant McIntosh (14.7 points per game) and wings Scottie Lindsey (14.2) and Vic Law (12.1). Law is listed as a 6-foot-7 forward but he’s the Wildcats’ best spot-up 3-point shooter. McIntosh made 41 3s but with just 31-percent accuracy.

The Wildcats, and those three players in particular, have shown the ability to score in the mid-range and on floaters in the lane. Gonzaga’s guard line of Josh Perkins, Jordan Mathews, Nigel Williams-Goss and sub Silas Melson will probably be the primary defenders on the trio.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Wildcats are able to finish consistently in the lane against the rim protection provided by Gonzaga’s sizable frontcourt.

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