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Panthers, Redbirds Set for MVC Tourney Matchup
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 02/28/2012

Game #32: UNI Illinois State
Fri., March 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Central)
Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.
TV: MVC TV
Radio: Panther Sports Network

The UNI Panthers (19-12, 9-9 MVC) will take on the No. 4-seeded Illinois State Redbirds (18-12, 9-9 MVC) in the quarterfinals of the 2012 State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis. Tip is set for 2:38 p.m. on Friday in the Scottrade Center.

TIPPING OFF...
• UNI tallied its ninth straight top-half finish in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• It marks the fifth top-3 finish for Panthers since joining the MVC in the 1991-92 season.
• UNI is 3-4 all-time vs. Illinois State in the MVC Tournament.
• UNI is 16-16 all-time in MVC Tournament play.
• Head coach Ben Jacobson is 7-3 in the MVC Tournament.
• UNI won the MVC Tournament title in 2004, 2009 and 2010.
• The only players in MVC history to play in three MVC Tournament finals victories are Creighton’s Nate Funk (2003, `05, `07), Kyle Korver (2000, `02, `03) and Tyler McKinney (2002, `03, `05), and Southern Illinois’ Marcus Timmons (1993, `94, `95), Chris Carr (1993, `94, `95) and Paul Lusk (1993, `94, `95). UNI senior guard Johnny Moran is looking to join this elite list after playing in the 2009 and 2010 MVC Tournament championship games.
• With a win against Illinois State, UNI would win 20 games for the fourth consecutive season. UNI currently holds the MVC active streak of 20-win seasons at three.
• UNI junior Anthony James was named to honorable mention All-MVC squad for the second straight season. James leads UNI in scoring at 13.3 ppg.
• UNI freshman Seth Tuttle was named the MVC Freshman of the Year.
• Tuttle leads the MVC in field goal percentage (.663). No freshman has ever led the league in field goal percentage.
Deon Mitchell and Tuttle were named to the MVC All-Freshman team.
• Tuttle was also named to the MVC All-Newcomer team.
• Tuttle is closing in on the 300-point scoring mark for a freshman. Since moving to the Division I ranks, UNI has had only six players reach the 300-point mark as a freshman. Tuttle has tallied 291 points through the Panthers’ first 31 games this season.
• UNI junior forward Jake Koch is one of only nine players in NCAA Division I basketball to have 30 or more 3-pointers made (35), offensive rebounds (34), assists (81), blocks (32) and steals (30) this season.
• UNI has won 18 or more games in nine straight seasons. Prior to the 2003-04 season, UNI had won 18 or more games only six times in the history of the men’s basketball program.
• UNI returned eight letterwinners and three starters from last year’s Panther squad that posted a mark of 20-14.
• Head coach Ben Jacobson is in his sixth season at the helm of the Panther program having posted a career mark of 128-69.
• Jacobson ranks No. 4 on the Panthers’ all-time wins list trailing only O.M. “Hon” Nordly (166), Eldon Miller (164) and Jim Berry (144).

SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE
The Illinois State Redbirds (18-12 overall, 9-9 MVC) tied for third place in the league standings ... Illinois State is led by Jackie Carmichael (13.6 ppg) and Tyler Brown (12.8 ppg) ... the Redbirds and Panthers had identical marks in league play with both teams going 7-2 at home and 2-7 on the road ... Illinois State is 4-9 in road-neutral games this season ... Illinois State’s 35 wins in the MVC Tournament all-time ranks second behind Creighton’s 37 MVC Tournament wins.

TV INFO FOR FRIDAY’S UNI-ILLINOIS STATE GAME
John Rooney (play-by-play), Mark Adams (analyst) and Tom Ackerman (sideline) will call Friday’s quarterfinal between Illinois State and UNI.
    The broadcast will be cleared live on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports (Central) and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. ESPN3 will also show the game live outside the state of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

RADIO INFORMATION
Starting with the team’s game Nov. 15 at Saint Mary’s, this year’s UNI men’s basketball games can be heard on the UNI Sports Radio Network, with KXEL (1540 AM, Waterloo, Iowa) serving as flagship station. Affiliates include KGYM (1600 AM, Cedar Rapids), KCHA (95.9 FM and 1580 AM, Charles City), KXNO (1460 AM, Des Moines), KQCR (98.9 FM, Hampton), KQMG (95.3 FM, Independence), KRIB (1490 AM, Mason City), KILJ (105.5 FM, Mount Pleasant), KWQC (1570 AM, Webster City).
    Long-time Panthers announcer Gary Rima handles play-by-play duties, while Kevin Boyle serves as analyst. 

UNI PANTHERS INSIDE ACCESS
All of UNI’s home men’s basketball games can be viewed and listened to on the World Wide Web by going to www.unipanthers.com. UNI has partnered with NeuLion to provide live video and audio streaming of Panther basketball via “UNI Panthers Inside Access”.  In addition to video from most home men’s basketball contests, and audio from home and road contests, this subscription-based service also provides video and audio of a number of other UNI sports.  In addition, all Panther home men’s basketball games have free live stats courtesy of StatBroadcast.com.

SERIES HISTORY VS. ILLINOIS STATE
Illinois State leads the all-time series, 34-26. UNI has won 15 of the last 19 meetings. The teams split their two games this season with the home team winning each game.
    UNI and Illinois State have met seven times in the MVC tournament with the Redbirds holding a 4-3 advantage. The last time the teams met in the MVC Tournament came in the 2009 tournament final, which saw UNI score a 60-57 overtime victory.
    UNI head coach Ben Jacobson is 10-4 all-time vs. Illinois State.

THIS SEASON - UNI VS. ILLINOIS STATE
Illinois State scored a 65-61 win over UNI to begin MVC play back on Dec. 29 at Redbird Arena. UNI whittled a 13-point deficit to one in the final two minutes. UNI trailed 59-46 with 5:56 left in the game but rallied to cut trim the margin to one on a bucket by Johnny Moran with 1:57 remaining in the contest. UNI had a chance to take the lead on a jumper in the lane from junior guard Anthony James but the shot missed and the Redbirds’ Anthony Cousin hit two free throws.
    The Panthers were able to even the season series with a 78-63 win over the Redbirds on Feb. 11 in the McLeod Center. UNI tied a season-high with 12 made 3-pointers in the game and benefitted from a double-double from freshman Seth Tuttle (17 points, 10 rebounds).

EVERYONE HAS FALLEN VICTIM EXCEPT CREIGHTON
UNI has scored a victory over every team in MVC tournament play with the exception of the Creighton Bluejays.

UNI vs. MVC Tourney Opponents
vs. Bradley - 2-2
vs. Creighton - 0-2
vs. Drake - 2-2
vs. Evansville - 2-0
vs. Illinois State - 3-4
vs. Indiana State - 1-1
vs. Missouri State - 2-1
vs. Southern Illinois - 1-3
vs. Tulsa - 1-0
vs. Wichita State - 2-1

UNI ALL-TIME IN MVC TOURNEY
UNI has posted a record of 16-16 all-time in the MVC Tournament.
    When the Panthers scored the 67-52 championship win over Wichita State in 2010, it marked the first time since joining The Valley that UNI had been above .500 in league tournament action. The Panthers fell back to .500 in MVC tournament play last year after falling to Creighton in the quarterfinals.
    UNI won the tournament title in 2004, 2009 and 2010.
    The Panthers have reached the MVC tournament championship on four occasions. The Panthers got to the final game in 1994 (lost to Southern Illinois), 2004 (beat Missouri State), 2009 (beat Illinois State) and 2010 (beat Wichita State).

COACH JAKE AMONG THE MVC’S BEST ALL-TIME IN TOURNEY ACTION
Ben Jacobson’s .700 winning percentage (7-3) at the State Farm MVC Tournament ranks fourth-best in MVC history among coaches who have five or more games under their belt. Only Charlie Spoonhour (5-1, .833), Nolan Richardson (11-3, .786) and Tom Apke (5-2, .714) have a higher winning percentage.
    UNI is 6-1 under coach Jacobson when the Panthers are the higher seed.

Coach Jake in MVC Tournament
Overall    7-3
MVC Quarterfinals    3-2
MVC Semifinals    2-1
MVC Finals    2-0

NIFTY MARK UNDER COACH JAKE
UNI has an 12-7 record (with three titles) at the MVC Tournament since Ben Jacobson arrived on staff in 2001-02. Prior to that, UNI owned a 4-9 mark all-time (with no titles) at the Valley Tournament.

TIGHT MATCHUPS IN QUARTERFINALS UNDER COACH JAKE
Four of the five MVC quarterfinal games coached by Ben Jacobson have been decided by five points or less.
    Coach Jacobson’s team have averaged 57.4 points a contest in the MVC quarterfinal round, while opponents have averaged 53.8 points.
    The average margin of a UNI victory in an MVC quarterfinal game coached by Jacobson has been eight points per game, while both of the losses in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed matchup have been by three points.

PAST EXPERIENCE IN 4-5 MATCHUP
Friday’s game will mark the seventh  time UNI has taken part in the No. 4/No. 5 matchup in the MVC Tournament. UNI is 2-4 in previous 4 vs. 5 contests.

UNI in Previous No. 4 vs. No. 5 Matchups
#5 Drake 63, #4 UNI 58 - 1993
#5 UNI 84, #4 Illinois State 70 - 1994
#4 UNI 73, #5 Evansville 65 - 1997
#5 Missouri State 70, #4 UNI 62 - 2005
#4 Bradley 51, #5 UNI 48 - 2007
#5 Creighton 60, #4 UNI 57 - 2011

SIX 5-SEEDS HAVE REACHED FINAL
Since Valley Tournament play began in 1977, six No. 5 seeds have reached the MVC championship game.
   
No. 5 Seeds Reaching MVC Tourney Final
1992 - Tulsa
1994 - UNI
2001 - Indiana State (won the title)
2004 - Missouri State
2005 - Missouri State
2006 - Bradley

DEFENSIVE LOCKDOWN IN ST. LOUIS
In 10 MVC Tournament games in St. Louis, no team has scored 70 points or more against UNI since head coach Ben Jacobson has taken over.
   
When UNI holds an opponent to:                    Then UNI is
49 points or less                            3-0
50-59 points                                3-2
60-69 points    2-1
70 points or more    0-0

When the Panther offense scores 50 or more points in St. Louis, UNI is 7-1 under coach Jake. UNI’s only loss when scoring more than 50 points in St. Louis came last year when Creighton scored a 60-57 win over UNI.

When UNI Scores:    Then UNI is
49 or less points    0-2
50-59 points    3-1
60-69 points    3-0
70 points or more    1-0

MORAN LOOKS TO JOIN AN ELITE CROWD
The only players in MVC history to play in three MVC Tournament finals victories are Creighton’s Nate Funk (2003, `05, `07), Kyle Korver (2000, `02, `03) and Tyler McKinney (2002, `03, `05), and Southern Illinois’ Marcus Timmons (1993, `94, `95), Chris Carr (1993, `94, `95) and Paul Lusk (1993, `94, `95).
    UNI senior guard Johnny Moran is looking to join this elite list after winning the 2009 and 2010 MVC Tournament titles.

TUTTLE CLOSING IN ON THE 300-POINT MARK
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle is closing in on the 300-point scoring mark for a freshman. Since moving to the Division I ranks, UNI has had only six players reach the 300-point mark as a freshman.
    Tuttle has tallied 291 points this season.
    Jason Reese holds the school record for freshman scoring with 395 points in the 1986-87 season.

UNI Freshmen w/ 300 Points in Single Season (UNI’s Division I Era)
Jason Reese (1986-87)    395 pts
Randy Kraayenbrink (1982-83)    384 pts
Maurice Newby (1986-87)    378 pts
Chris Foster (2001-02)    364 pts
Eric Coleman (2004-05)    342 pts
Ben Jacobson (2002-03)    315 pts

TUTTLE NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
UNI’s Seth Tuttle has been named the MVC Freshman of the Year.
    Tuttle led the MVC in field goal percentage (65.8 percent). Tuttle averaged 9.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest this season.
    Tuttle becomes only the second UNI Panther to be named the Freshman of the Year in the league. Eric Coleman earned the same honor in the 2004-05 season.

MITCHELL, TUTTLE NAMED TO MVC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
UNI freshmen Deon Mitchell and Seth Tuttle were each named to the MVC All-Freshman team for their play in the 2011-12 season.
    Mitchell played in all 31 games for the Panthers and is averaging 7.1 points per game. Mitchell has started 21 games this season and has scored in 29 of the 31 games he has seen action. Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points and dished out six assists at VCU (2/17) in front of a national TV audience (ESPN2).
    Tuttle shot 50 percent or better in 26 of the 31 games he saw action this season. Tuttle was a three-time MVC Newcomer of the Week honoree in 2011-12. Tuttle recorded three double-doubles this year.

UNI on MVC All-Freshman Team
Chris Foster - 2001-02
Ben Jacobson - 2002-03
Brooks McKowen - 2003-04
Eric Coleman - 2004-05
Johnny Moran - 2008-09
Deon Mitchell - 2011-12
Seth Tuttle - 2011-12

TUTTLE ALSO NAMED TO MVC ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
UNI freshman Seth Tuttle was also named to the MVC All-Newcomer squad for the 2011-12 season.
    Tuttle becomes the third Panther freshman to be named to both the All-Freshmen and All-Newcomer teams. Ben Jacobson (2002-03) and Eric Coleman (2004-05) were previously named to the All-Freshman and All-Newcomer squads.

UNI on MVC All-Newcomer Team
Randy Blocker - 1992-93
Sean Stackhouse - 1998-99
David Gruber - 2001-02
Ben Jacobson - 2002-03
Matt Schneiderman - 2002-03
Erik Crawford - 2003-04
Eric Coleman - 2004-05
Ali Farokhmanesh - 2008-09

JAMES EARNS HONORABLE MENTION ALL-MVC STATUS FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR
UNI junior guard Anthony James was named to the honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference team for the second straight season.
    James led the Panthers in scoring in 2011-12 at 13.3 points per game. James reached double-figure scoring in 21 games this season, including five contests of 20 or more.
    James hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat No. 13-ranked Creighton, 65-62 on Feb. 4.

ALL-TIME PLAYER WINS AT UNI
Senior guard Johnny Moran is approaching another Panther record as he has won 90 games in the Purple and Old Gold uniform. Kwadzo Ahelegbe set the record with 91 wins in his career.

MORAN TO TIE AHELEGBE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD
When Johnny Moran takes the floor on Friday against Illinois State, he will tie the record for games played at UNI with 133.
    Moran ranks T-No. 2 (Adam Koch) on the UNI games played list with 132 games in a Panther uniform. Moran trails only Kwadzo Ahelegbe (133) on the Panthers’ all-time games played list.
    Moran has seen action in 132 of a possible 134 games in his Panther career. His 132 games started is a UNI record.

MORE MORAN MARKS
    Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 193 triples. Ben Jacobson (2003-06) set the UNI record with 203 made 3-pointers.
    Moran ranks No. 5 on the Panthers’ all-time steals list with 149 steals.

TUTTLE’S LAST 12 GAMES
Over his last 12 games, Tuttle has taken charge and leads the Panthers in scoring at 12.8 points per game.
    Tuttle has scored nine points or more in 11 of the 12 games. He has reached double-figure scoring in seven of the 12 contests, including a career-high 22 points at Indiana State.
    In the 12-game stretch, Tuttle is shooting 70.1 percent from the field (54-of-77) and has grabbed a team-high 68 rebounds (5.7 rpg).  

KOCH IS AN ALL-AROUND PERFORMER
UNI junior forward Jake Koch is one of only 10 players in NCAA Division I basketball to have 30 or more 3-pointers made (35), offensive rebounds (34), assists (81), blocks (32) and steals (30) this season.

30-Plus 3-Ptrs.-Off. Reb.-Assts.-Blks.-Stls.
Keith Clanton, UCF - (33-89-54-34-54)
Ken Horton, C. Connecticut State - (43-73-45-67-38)
Robert Covington, Tennessee St. - (61-93-44-50-40)
Kenny Gabriel, Auburn - (39-56-32-32-69)
Jae Crowder, Marquette - (54-51-59-69-30)
LaDontae Henton, Providence - (36-80-34-31-31)
John Shurna, Northwestern - (75-39-76-35-50)
Quincy Ford, Northeastern - (32-46-39-57-30)
Alex Young, IUPUI - (58-56-63-49-31)
Jake Koch, UNI - (35-34-81-32-30)
Stats are thru Feb. 27, 2012

NO. 65 IN RPI
UNI is ranked No. 65 in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI.
    UNI is 3-4 against the Top 50. UNI’s top-50 wins came against Creighton, Iowa State and Colorado State.
    UNI’s non-conference strength of schedule ranks No. 17.

62 OR LESS
UNI is 14-2 this season when holding the opposition to 62 points or less. UNI is only 5-10 when allowing 63 points or more.

DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING = KEYS TO SUCCESS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson harps on defense and rebounding when it comes to success of the Panther basketball team and the numbers don’t lie.
    When UNI outrebounds its opponent, the Panthers are 11-3 this season. However, when the opponent wins the rebounding battle, the Panthers are only 8-8.
    When the Panthers defend and hold the opposition to a lower shooting percentage, the Panthers are 15-3 this year. However, when the opposition shoots a higher percentage, the Panthers are only 4-9.

JAMES LEADS THE UNI SCORING ATTACK
Junior guard Anthony James has come off the bench in his last seven appearances, but leads the team in scoring on the season at 13.3 points per game.
    James has reached double-figure scoring in 21 games, including five contests of 20 or more points. James has recorded nine 20-plus scoring efforts in his UNI Panther career.

CHIP RANKS RIGHT UP THERE
Sophomore forward Chip Rank leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (47.3 percent). He ranks No. 2 on the team in field goal percentage (51.6 percent).
    Rank has made at least one three-pointer in nine straight games heading into the 2012 MVC Tournament.
    Rank has tallied nine double-figure scoring efforts this season, including a career-high 15 points at Bradley (1/15). Rank buried a career-high four 3-pointers against the Braves.
    Last season, Rank reached double-figure scoring only once as a true freshman - 14 points against Drake.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN W & L
UNI is 19-12 on the season with some stark contrasts in the numbers between the wins and the losses.
    In UNI’s 19 wins, the Panthers are averaging 70.1 points per game and giving up 57.5 points per game.
    In UNI’s 12 losses, the Panthers are averaging 59.4 points per game and giving up 69.2 points per game.
    UNI is shooting 46.4 percent in its 19 wins, but that number drops to 40.0 percent in its 12 losses.
    UNI has made 43.1 percent of its 3-point shots in its 19 wins, but only 34.6 percent of its 3-point shots in its 12 setbacks.

KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Junior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 6 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 214-of-263 career free throws for a mark of 81.4 percent.
    Maurice Newby (1987-91) holds the UNI free throw percentage record at 85.6 percent (149-of-174).

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI enters Friday’s game against Illinois State having made at least one made three-pointer in 390 straight games.
    The last time UNI failed to make a 3-point basketball came Feb. 3, 2000, vs. Southern Illinois in a 72-58 Panther victory in the UNI-Dome. UNI went 0-for-4 from 3-point land vs. the Salukis back in 2000.

18-PLUS WINS IN 9 STRAIGHT SEASONS
UNI has won 18 or more games in nine straight seasons. UNI captured its 18th win of the season vs. Bradley (2/22).
    Prior to the 2003-04 season, UNI had won 18 or more games only six times in the history of the men’s basketball program.

18-Plus Wins Prior to 2003-04
1961-62 - 19-5
1963-64 - 23-4
1978-79 - 18-11
1983-84 - 18-10
1988-89 - 19-9
1989-90 - 23-9

18-Plus Wins Since 2003-04
2003-04 - 21-10
2004-05 - 21-11
2005-06 - 23-10
2006-07 - 18-13
2007-08 - 18-14
2008-09 - 23-11
2009-10 - 30-5
2010-11 - 20-14
2011-12 - 19-12

2012 BATTLE FOR ATLANTIS
UNI will take part in the 2012 Battle for Atlantis Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend next season. The tournament will take place on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
    UNI will be joined in the tournament by Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Stanford and VCU.

ARCH MADNESS TICKETS ON SALE
All-session tickets to the 2012 Arch Madness State Farm Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis next March went on sale Dec. 15.
    All-session tickets are $155 and $130 each in the lower bowl and $115 in the upper bowl at Scottrade Center and are good for all nine games of the tournament, slated for March 1-4.  Tickets can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets in the St. Louis region or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  There will be an additional service fee per ticket.
    Fans and alumni of Valley schools can also contact their institution’s ticket office to inquire about priority seating within that school’s section.
    This year’s tournament marks the 22nd consecutive year that Arch Madness has been held in St. Louis. All 10 Valley teams will be competing for the MVC championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Fans of UNI Athletics on Facebook and Twitter will have access to in-game updates, score recaps and special announcements.
    UNI Athletics on Facebook will give fans the chance to connect with other Panther fans, as well as providing information on upcoming events. Followers on Twitter will be able to access up-to-the-minute score updates and news about the Panthers on their computer or mobile device.

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