Men's Basketball
UNI, St. Joseph's to Square off In NIT First Round
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 03/12/2012

Game #33: UNI vs. St. Joseph’s
Wed., March 14 - 7:15 p.m. (Eastern)
Hagan Arena - Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: ESPN3
Radio: Panther Sports Network

The UNI Panthers (19-13, 9-9 MVC) will take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (20-13, 9-7 A10) in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. The game will tip at 7:15 p.m. (Eastern) in Hagan Arena on St. Joe’s campus.

TIPPING OFF...
• UNI is making its fourth straight appearance in postseason play. UNI was in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 (first round) and 2010 (Sweet 16). UNI reached the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011.
• With a win against St. Joseph’s, UNI would win 20 games for the fourth consecutive season. UNI currently holds the MVC active streak of 20-win seasons at three.
• This marks UNI’s first-ever appearance in the NIT. All 10 MVC schools have now made at least one appearance in the NIT. Every MVC school that has played a game in the NIT has won at least one game in the tournament.
• The Valley owns seven NIT titles -- Saint Louis (1948), Bradley (1957, 1960, 1964, 1982), Tulsa (1981) and Wichita State (2011).
• 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 293 points through the Panthers’ first 32 games this season.
• UNI’s Chip Rank and Austin Pehl were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams. Rank earned first-team status, while Pehl notched honorable mention status.
• Rank also was named to the MVC All-Bench team.
• 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 ST. JOSEPH’S
St. Joseph’s University is located in Philadelphia, Pa. ... St Joe’s posted a mark of 20-13 overall and 9-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference ... the Hawks are led by head coach Phil Martelli ... St. Joe’s is led in scoring by Carl Jones (16.8 ppg), Langston Galloway (15.8 ppg), Ronald Roberts (10.9 ppg) and C.J. Aiken (10.8 ppg) ... the Hawks are 13-3 at home this year with losses to Charlotte (57-52), Saint Louis (72-60) and Richmond (52-49) ... St. Joe’s lost in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament to eventual champion St. Bonaventure, 71-68.

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. 

MVC TELECONFERENCE
On Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. (Central), there will be a men’s basketball call featuring the league’s head coaches selected for post-season play.  The Q&A segments with the coaches are 10 minutes long (instead of the usual six minutes).  Speaking order will be determined.  That number is 877-441-0939.
    Please contact The Valley to arrange participation via long distance telephone -- through TBG Conferencing -- in the weekly sessions.  Media will be allowed to ask questions directly of the coaches. 
    Contact Mike Kern at the Missouri Valley Conference office (314-421-0339) with any questions about the teleconference.

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. ST. JOSEPH’S
Wednesday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between UNI and St. Joe’s.

UNI-ST. JOE’S SHARE COMMON OPPONENT - CREIGHTON
UNI and St. Joseph’s played one common opponent in the 2011-12 season - the Creighton Bluejays. UNI split the season series vs. Creighton with the home team winning each game.
    St. Joe’s scored an 80-71 win over Creighton in Philadelphia on Dec. 10.

4TH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
UNI is making its fourth straight postseason appearance, which is the longest streak in school history. The previous best of three straight appearances was set in 2004-2006 and 2009-2011.
    NOTE: See the chart on pg. 42 for all of UNI’s postseason appearances.

FIRST-EVER NIT APPEARANCE FOR UNI
Prior to this season, MVC schools had made 65 appearances (while they have been league members) in the NIT. This marks UNI’s first-ever appearance in the NIT. Every MVC school that has played a game in the NIT has at least one victory in the tournament.
    All 10 MVC schools have now made at least one appearance in the NIT. Evansville made two trips to the NIT (1988 and 1994) prior to joining the MVC.

MVC SCHOOLS IN THE NIT’S HISTORY
School (Appearances)    Record    Last Appearance
Bradley (21)    26-18    2007
Creighton (10)    5-10    2009
Drake (3)    1-3    1986
Evansville (2)    1-2    1994
Illinois State (12)    8-11    2012
Indiana State (2)    1-2    1997
Missouri State (9)    10-9    2011
Southern Illinois (9)    8-8    2008
UNI (1)    0-0    2012
Wichita State (12)    8-11    2011

VALLEY ENJOYS SUCCESS IN THE NIT
The Valley owns seven NIT titles -- Saint Louis (1948), Bradley (1957, 1960, 1964, 1982), Tulsa (1981) and Wichita State (2011).

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 293 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 (65.2 percent). Tuttle is averaging 9.2 points per game and 5.3 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 2004-05.
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 has played in all 32 games for the Panthers and is averaging 7.0 points per game. Mitchell has started 22 games this season and has scored in 30 of the 32 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 32 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

RANK NAMED TO ALL-BENCH TEAM
UNI sophomore Chip Rank has been named to the MVC All-Bench Team for his play in the 2011-12 season.
    The All-Bench team is selected by the league’s newspaper beat writers, and is comprised of a minimum of five student-athletes (top five vote-getters, plus ties) on each squad.
    Rank is the third Panther to earn MVC All-Bench honors. Travis Brown earned honor once, while Lucas O’Rear was a two-time All-Bench honoree.

UNI on MVC All-Bench Team
Travis Brown - 2008-09
Lucas O’Rear - 2008-09, 2009-10
Chip Rank - 2011-12

RANK, PEHL NAMED TO MVC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAMS
Chip Rank (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Austin Pehl (Cedar Falls, Iowa) have been recognized as members of the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete teams.
    Rank earned first-team status, while Pehl was named as an honorable mention selection. Rank carries a 3.66 GPA while double majoring in economics and business administration. Pehl has a 3.37 GPA with a double major in studio art and marketing/advertising.
    Rank has seen action in all 32 games and started once for the Panthers this season. Rank is averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He ranks first on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (46.8 percent - 36-of-77). He is second on the team in field goal percentage (51.2 percent). Rank has recorded nine double-digit scoring efforts off the bench after having only one double-figure effort as a redshirt freshman last season. Rank scored the game-winning shot with 2.2 seconds left in a 61-60 win over Missouri State (1/13). He scored a career-high 15 points at Bradley (1/15). Rank has made at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games.
    Pehl has played in 30 games and is averaging 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 13 points in leading UNI to an 84-48 win over Loras (12/19). Pehl also scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in a 69-62 win at Iowa State (11/30).

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 leads the Panthers in scoring in 2011-12 at 12.9 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 SET UNI GAMES PLAYED RECORD
When Johnny Moran takes the floor, he will set the UNI record for games played with 134.
    Moran will surpass the record of 133 set by Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-2011)  in the 2010-11 season.

    Moran has seen action in 133 of a possible 135 games in his Panther career. His 133 games started is also a UNI record.

MORE MORAN MARKS
    Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 196 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 150 steals.

TUTTLE’S LAST 13 GAMES
Over his last 13 games, Tuttle has taken charge and leads the Panthers in scoring at 11.9 points per game.
    Tuttle has scored nine points or more in 11 of the 13 games. He has reached double-figure scoring in seven of the 12 contests, including a career-high 22 points at Indiana State.
    In the 13-game stretch, Tuttle is shooting 67.9 percent from the field (55-of-81) and has grabbed a team-high 73 rebounds (5.6 rpg).  

KOCH IS AN ALL-AROUND PERFORMER
UNI junior forward Jake Koch is one of only 11 players in NCAA Division I basketball to have 30 or more 3-pointers made (36), offensive rebounds (36), assists (84), blocks (33) and steals (30) this season.

30-Plus 3-Ptrs.-Off. Reb.-Assts.-Blks.-Stls.
Keith Clanton, UCF - (37-95-60-34-59)
Robert Covington, Tennessee St. - (63-95-47-52-44)
Jae Crowder, Marquette - (56-51-59-69-30)
Quincy Ford, Northeastern - (35-49-39-60-31)
Kenny Gabriel, Auburn - (44-56-33-35-72)
Ken Horton, C. Connecticut State - (43-73-45-67-38)
LaDontae Henton, Providence - (44-88-36-32-33)
Jake Koch, UNI - (36-36-84-33-30)
Mike Moser, UNLV - (42-89-79-62-32)
John Shurna, Northwestern - (85-41-83-36-52)
Alex Young, IUPUI - (59-59-69-50-32)
Stats are thru March 11, 2012

NO. 73 IN RPI
UNI is ranked No. 73 in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI.
    UNI is 3-5 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. 14.

62 OR LESS
UNI is 14-3 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 8-9.
    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 4-10.

JAMES LEADS THE UNI SCORING ATTACK
Junior guard Anthony James has come off the bench in his last eight appearances, but leads the team in scoring on the season at 12.9 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 (46.8 percent). He ranks No. 2 on the team in field goal percentage (51.2 percent).
    Rank has made at least one three-pointer in 10 straight games heading into the NIT.
    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 19-13 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 13 losses, the Panthers are averaging 58.1 points per game and giving up 68.0 points per game.
    UNI is shooting 46.4 percent in its 19 wins, but that number drops to 38.9 percent in its 13 losses.
    UNI has made 43.1 percent of its 3-point shots in its 19 wins, but only 34.3 percent of its 3-point shots in its 13 setbacks.

KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Junior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 7 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 216-of-267 career free throws for a mark of 80.9 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 Wednesday’s game against St. Joseph’s having made at least one made three-pointer in 392 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 - 19-13

WINNING TRADITION AT MCLEOD
UNI has posted an all-time mark of 71-22 (.763) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
    UNI is 13-3 at home this season in the McLeod Center. The Panthers have won 41 of their last 49 games in the McLeod Center.
    UNI posted a perfect mark of 14-0 in home games in the 2009-10 season. UNI set its home win streak of 21 between the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons.

MORAN JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
UNI senior guard Johnny Moran became the 34th member of the Panthers’ 1,000-Point Club in UNI’s win over Bradley (2/22).
    Moran drained a 3-pointer with 16:10 left in the first half to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.
    Moran has scored 1,029 points, which is tied for No. 30 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.

UNI AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 2001-02
UNI is now 7-2 vs. ranked opponents at home since the 2001-02 season after posting a 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton on Saturday.
    Prior to Saturday, UNI’s last win over a ranked opponent came in a 69-67 victory over No. 1-ranked Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
    UNI is 9-13 vs. ranked opponents since head coach Ben Jacobson joined the UNI coaching staff in 2001-02.
    Since the 1979-80 season, UNI has compiled a mark of 12-25 record vs. ranked opponents.

UNI vs. Ranked Opponents (since 1979-80)
#13    Creighton    W, 65-62 (H) - 2/4/12
#23    Creighton    L, 63-60 (A) - 1/10/12
#10    Syracuse    L, 68-46 (A) - 11/12/10
#13    Michigan State    L, 59-52 (N) - 3/26/10
#1    Kansas    W, 69-67 (N) - 3/20/10
#15    Marquette    L, 73-43 (N) - 11/28/08
#14    Drake    L, 65-55 (H) - 2/16/08
#22    Drake    L, 58-54 (A) - 1/26/08
#11    Nevada    L, 79-64 (A) - 2/17/07
#16    Wichita State    W, 63-59 (A) - 12/30/06
#17    Washington    L, 70-61 (A) - 11/14/06
#23    Georgetown    L, 54-49 (N) - 3/17/06
#24    Bucknell    W, 65-61 (H) - 2/18/06
#12    Iowa    W, 67-63 (H) - 12/6/05
#20    Wisconsin    L, 57-52 (N) - 3/18/05
#17    Iowa    L, 76-73 (A) - 12/7/05
#14    Georgia Tech    L, 65-60 (N) - 3/19/04
#15    Southern Illinois    W, 68-52 (H) - 3/1/04
#20    Creighton    W, 82-73 (H) - 1/14/04
#24     Iowa    W, 77-66 (H) - 12/9/03
#13    Creighton    L, 84-75 (H) - 2/4/03
#11    Iowa    W, 78-76 (H) - 12/4/01
#17    Alabama    L, 64-56 (N) - 12/20/00
#10    Iowa    W, 84-78 (H) - 12/9/97
#12    Iowa    L, 78-73 (H) - 12/5/95
#11    Iowa State    L, 81-62 (H) - 1/25/95
#8    Iowa    L, 64-44 (A) - 12/8/92
#16    Iowa    L, 108-85 (H) - 12/19/91
#20    Minnesota    L, 81-78 (N) - 3/18/90
#11    Missouri    W, 74-71 (N) - 3/16/90
#20    Iowa    W, 77-74 (H) - 1/3/90
#3    Georgetown    L, 83-49 (N) - 12/29/89
#5    Iowa    L, 95-76 (A) - 12/6/88
#14    Missouri    L, 91-62 (A) - 1/12/83
#6    Iowa    L, 84-53 (A) - 12/21/81
#14    Iowa    L, 86-52 (A) - 12/30/80
#20    Iowa    L, 78-46 (A) - 12/6/79

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.

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