Northwestern's Demps is one of nation's best bench scorers

Northwestern's Demps is one of nation's best bench scorers
February 18, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Wildcats might have trouble putting the ball in the basket, but they do have one player among the national leaders in scoring points.

Guard Tre Demps ranks second in the country in points per game among players who haven't started a game this season. He's averaging 10.7 points per game, trailing only Oregon guard Jason Calliste, who's averaging 12.5 points off the bench for the Ducks.

It's an oddly specific distinction, as even most sixth men get into the starting lineup at one point or another due to injuries or shakeups. But Demps hasn't been in Chris Collins' starting five yet this season — something the guard has said he prefers.

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Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Demps' scoring — along with that of Drew Crawford and JerShon Cobb, who both rank in the top 20 in scoring in the Big Ten — has been just about all the scoring the team has received. Those three players account for more than 60 percent of Northwestern's points this season, and the Wildcats still rank as the conference's lowest-scoring team. In fact, the Wildcats are the fourth lowest-scoring team in the country. They rank 342nd out of 345 teams, ahead of just Binghamton, New Hampshire and Southern Utah.