2011-12 Season Completed
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team won 20 games for the fourth consecutive season and finished in the upper half (T-3rd) of the Missouri Valley Conference for the ninth straight season. UNI earned its fourth-straight postseason berth with its first-ever appearance in the National Invitational Tournament. The Panthers also won a postseason tournament game for the third straight season - the longest streak in school history. UNI went 20-14 overall and 9-9 in the MVC.
• UNI won 20 games for the fourth straight season and the ninth time in school history.
• UNI’s streak of four consecutive 20-win seasons is the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference. The four straight 20-win seasons sets a UNI school record for most consecutive 20-win campaigns. Previously, UNI had a two stretches in which the Panthers won 20 or more games in three straight seasons.
• The Panthers have won 93 games over the past four seasons, which is the most of any four-year stretch in the history of the program. The previous best was 91 from 2007-08 (18), 2008-09 (23), 2009-10 (30) and 2010-11 (20).
• For the first time in school history, UNI has won postseason games in three straight seasons. UNI won two games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament (UNLV, Kansas), the Panthers added a win in the 2011 CIT (Rider) and UNI won its first-ever game in the 2012 NIT (Saint Joseph’s).
• 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.
• For the third straight season, UNI set the single-season 3-point field goals record with 267 made 3-pointers.
• UNI senior Johnny Moran set the Panthers’ record for all-time games played (135) and most career starts (135).
• Moran become the 34th Panther to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moran finished his career ranked No. 27 in scoring with 1,048 career points.
• Moran finished second on the Panthers’ 3-point field goals made list with 201, trailing only Ben Jacobson’s mark of 203 set from 2002-2006.
• UNI junior Anthony James was named to honorable mention All-MVC squad for the second straight season. James led UNI in scoring at 12.5 ppg.
• UNI freshman Seth Tuttle was named the MVC Freshman of the Year.
• Tuttle led the MVC in field goal percentage (.652) and became the first freshman to lead the MVC in field goal percentage.
• Tuttle’s 65.2 percent field goal shooting also set a UNI single-season record for field goal accuracy.
• Deon Mitchell and Tuttle were named to the MVC All-Freshman team.
• Tuttle was also named to the MVC All-Newcomer team.
• 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.
• Head coach Ben Jacobson completed sixth season at the helm of the Panther program having posted a career mark of 129-70.
• Jacobson ranks No. 4 on the Panthers’ all-time wins list with 129 trailing only O.M. “Hon” Nordly (166), Eldon Miller (164) and Jim Berry (144).
MOST WINS IN A 4-YEAR STRETCH
The Panthers have won 93 games over the past four seasons, which is the most of any four-year stretch in the history of the program. The previous best was 91 from 2007-08 (18), 2008-09 (23), 2009-10 (30) and 2010-11 (20).
UNI’S DIVISION I POSTSEASON VICTORIES
In its Division I era, UNI has posted five postseason victories, including four in the past three years.
UNI’s Division I Postseason Wins
W, 74-71 vs. Missouri (March 16, 1990) - NCAA
W, 69-66 vs. UNLV (March 18, 2010) - NCAA
W, 69-67 vs. Kansas (March 20, 2010) - NCAA
W, 84-50 vs. Rider (March 15, 2011) - CIT
W, 67-65 at Saint Joseph’s (March 14, 2012) - NIT
THREE STRAIGHT YEARS WITH POSTSEASON WINS
UNI won postseason games in three straight seasons for the first time in school history. UNI won two games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament (UNLV, Kansas), the Panthers added a win in the 2011 CIT (Rider) and UNI earned its first-ever victory in the NIT with a 67-65 triumph over Saint Joseph’s in the 2011-12 season.
PANTHERS SECURE ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
UNI secured its ninth 20-win season in the history of the program with a 67-65 victory at Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.
UNI holds the MVC’s longest current string of 20-win seasons at four in a row.
UNI’s 20-WIN SEASONS
1963-64 - 23-4
1989-90 - 23-9
2003-04 - 21-10
2004-05 - 21-11
2005-06 - 23-10
2008-09 - 23-11
2009-10 - 30-5
2010-11 - 20-14
2011-12 - 20-14
NINE STRAIGHTS YEARS OF 18-PLUS VICTORIES
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 its 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 - 20-14
4TH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
UNI made its fourth straight postseason appearance in the 2011-12 season, 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. 44 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 season 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) 9-12 2012
Indiana State (2) 1-2 1997
Missouri State (9) 10-9 2011
Southern Illinois (9) 8-8 2008
UNI (1) 1-1 2012
Wichita State (12) 8-11 2011
UNI VS. TEAMS IN NCAA AND NIT FIELDS
UNI had six wins this season over team in the NCAA and NIT fields. UNI is 3-6 vs. teams in the NCAA field and 3-3 vs. team in the NIT field.
UNI’s wins over NCAA Tournament teams include Creighton, Colorado State and Iowa State. UNI also played against NCAA Tournament teams in Saint Mary’s, Ohio and VCU.
UNI’s wins over NIT teams include Saint Joseph’s, Illinois State and Iowa.
TUTTLE BECOMES 7TH UNI FRESHMAN TO REACH 300-POINT MARK
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle became the seventh UNI Panthers in the Division I era to record a 300-point season. Tuttle recorded 325 points this season to rank No. 6 on the Panthers’ freshman scoring chart.
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
Seth Tuttle (2011-12) 325 pts
Ben Jacobson (2002-03) 315 pts
KING TUTT-LE HITS FOR A CAREER-HIGH VS. SAINT JOSEPH’S
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading UNI to a 67-65 win at Saint Joseph’s in the first round of the 2012 NIT.
Tuttle had eight points at the half and exploded for the Panthers first nine points of the second half.
Tuttle scored on a putback with 18.9 seconds to give UNI a 65-63 lead. He then put the finishing touches on the win by draining two free throws with 1.3 seconds left for the final two-point margin vs. Saint Joseph’s.
SEASON-HIGH IN REBOUNDING AT SAINT JOSEPH’S IN NIT
UNI recorded a team-high 41 rebounds in its 67-65 win at Saint Joseph’s (3/14).
The last time UNI secured 41 rebounds came in a 60-54 win over Iowa State on Dec. 1, 2010 in the McLeod Center.
The last time UNI recorded 40 or more rebounds on the road - came Feb. 24, 2009, in a 69-67 double-overtime road win at Illinois State.
TUTTLE NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
UNI’s Seth Tuttle was named the MVC Freshman of the Year. Eric Coleman, who attained the honor in 2004-05, is the only previous Panther to win the league’s Freshman of the Year award.
Tuttle became the first freshman in the history of the MVC to lead the league in field goal percentage (65.2 percent). Tuttle also averaged 9.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per contest this 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 34 games for the Panthers and averaged 7.0 points per game. Mitchell started 24 games this season and scored in 32 of the 34 games he saw 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 28 of the 34 games he saw action this season. Tuttle was a three-time MVC Newcomer of the Week honoree in 2011-12. Tuttle recorded four 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
Seth Tuttle - 2011-12
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 saw action in all 34 games and started once for the Panthers this season. Rank averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He ranks second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (45.2 percent - 38-of-84). He finished second on the team in field goal percentage (49.6 percent). Rank 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 finished the season having made at least one 3-pointer in 12 straight games.
Pehl played in 32 games and averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 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 led the Panthers in scoring in 2011-12 at 12.5 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.
MORAN, AHELEGBE AT THE TOP OF THE UNI GAMES WON CHART
Senior guard Johnny Moran took part in 91 career victories for the Panthers, earning him a tie at the top of the games won chart with Kwadzo Ahelegbe. Ahelegbe also won 91 games from 2006-2011.
MORAN SETS GAMES PLAYED
RECORD AT UNI
Johnny Moran sits at the top of the UNI games played chart with 135 games donning the Purple and Old Gold.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe set the UNI games played mark at 133 following the 2010-11 season.
Moran saw action in 135 of a possible 137 games in his Panther career. His 135 games started is also a UNI record.
MORE MORAN MARKS
Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 201 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 152 steals.
KOCH IS AN ALL-AROUND PERFORMER
UNI junior forward Jake Koch is one of only 14 players in NCAA Division I basketball to have 30 or more 3-pointers made (36), offensive rebounds (37), assists (90), steals (32) and blocks (35) this season.
30-Plus 3-Ptrs.-Off. Reb.-Assts.-Stls.-Blks.
Bradley Beal, Florida - (63-50-83-51-31)
Keith Clanton, UCF - (39-98-61-34-59)
Robert Covington, Tennessee St. - (67-96-48-54-46)
Jae Crowder, Marquette - (61-70-73-88-35)
Quincy Ford, Northeastern - (35-49-39-60-31)
Kenny Gabriel, Auburn - (44-56-33-35-72)
Draymond Green, Michigan State - (52-79-141-54-36)
Ken Horton, C. Connecticut State - (46-77-48-59-40)
LaDontae Henton, Providence - (44-88-36-32-33)
Jake Koch, UNI - (36-37-90-32-35)
Mike Moser, UNLV - (44-92-80-68-35)
Terrence Ross, Washington (72-48-49-44-33)
John Shurna, Northwestern - (95-48-92-41-55)
Alex Young, IUPUI - (59-59-69-50-32)
Stats are thru April 2, 2012
NO. 72 IN FINAL RPI
UNI finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 72 in the Collegiate Basketball News RPI.
UNI was 3-6 against the top 50. UNI’s top-50 wins came against Creighton, Iowa State and Colorado State.
UNI’s non-conference strength of schedule ranked No. 13.
62 OR LESS
UNI was 14-3 this season when holding the opposition to 62 points or less. UNI was only 6-11 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 12-4 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 5-11.
JAMES LEADS THE UNI SCORING ATTACK
Junior guard Anthony James came off the bench in his last 10 appearances, but still led the team in scoring on the season at 12.5 points per game.
James 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.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN W & L
UNI finished 20-14 on the season with some stark contrasts in the numbers between the wins and the losses.
In UNI’s 20 wins, the Panthers averaged 69.9 points per game and gave up 57.8 points per game.
In UNI’s 14 losses, the Panthers averaged 58.4 points per game and gave up 67.8 points per game.
UNI shot 45.8 percent in its 20 wins, but that number dropped to 39.3 percent in its 14 losses.
UNI made 41.6 percent of its 3-point shots in its 20 wins, but only 35.0 percent of its 3-point shots in its 14 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 219-of-272 career free throws for a mark of 80.5 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 closed the 2011-12 season having made at least one 3-pointer in 394 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.
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 was 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 scored 1,048 points, which ranks him No. 27 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
OUTSTANDING BOARDS VS. BRADLEY
UNI owned a +10 rebounding margin (36-26) in his 64-55 win over Bradley (2/22). It marked the first time in over a year that UNI had held a double-figure lead in the rebounding battle.
The last time it occurred came in a 65-53 win over Evansville in the McLeod Center (Jan. 4, 2011) when UNI held a 30-19 rebounding advantage over the Purple Aces.
SONNEN’S STRETCH KEYS PANTHER WIN AGAINST THE BRAVES
UNI junior guard Marc Sonnen poured in 13 points in the Panthers’ 64-55 win over Bradley (2/22). Sonnen’s early second-half scoring explosion allowed the Panthers to overcome a 30-24 halftime deficit.
Sonnen scored eight points in the first 3:49 of the second half to help turn a six-point deficit into a four-point lead. Sonnen buried two 3-pointers and another two-point jumper in a 12-0 run that gave UNI a lead it would not relinquish against the Braves.
Sonnen leads the Panthers this season with 54 3-pointers. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game.
RARE SWEEPS IN JACOBSON ERA
Since Ben Jacobson took over the head coaching duties in 2006-07, the UNI program has only been swept in an MVC home-and-home series on seven occasions.
Evansville was the seventh squad to sweep a Jacobson-coached Panther squad with its 63-62 win at the Ford Center (2/15). Earlier this season, Wichita State also swept the season series from the Panthers.
Prior to this season, the only five times it has occurred have come vs. Indiana State (2010-11), Creighton (2006-07, 2007-08) and Drake (2006-07, 2007-08).
ON THE OTHER HAND
UNI has swept an MVC opponent 19 times since the 2006-07 season. UNI has swept all nine opponents in the MVC at least once in that stretch.
UNI swept the season series against Southern Illinois and Drake this year. UNI swept SIU for only the fifth time in school history. It was the ninth regular season series sweep of Drake since joining the MVC in the 1991-92 season.
TOUGH LOSS AT EVANSVILLE
UNI rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit with a 13-0 run midway through the half to take a 52-49 lead. However, Evansville used a pair of 3-pointers from Denver Holmes in the final 18 seconds, including the game-winner that was banked in with 0.6 seconds left.
UNI’s Johnny Moran drained a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left that gave UNI a 62-60 lead. Moran’s shot came after Holmes had given the Purple Aces a one-point lead with 18 seconds left.
DOUBLE DIGIT LEADS HAVE SLIPPED AWAY
UNI was 9-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play but could be in much different shape had it held some leads that got away. The Panthers squandered leads in seven of its nine league losses, including three double-digit advantages.
UNI was up 14 points (22-8; 10:03 left in 1st half) vs. Evansville on Jan. 1 before falling to the Purple Aces, 76-65.
UNI was up 11 points (31-20; 7:12 left in 1st half) at Creighton on Jan. 10 before losing to the Bluejays, 63-60.
UNI was up 16 points (44-28; 17:17 left in the 2nd half) at Bradley on Jan. 15 before losing to the Braves, 78-67.
UNI held a two-point lead at Illinois State before dropping a 65-61 decision on Dec. 29. The Panthers held an eight-point lead against Wichita State on Jan. 18, before falling 71-68 to the Shockers.
The Panthers led Missouri State, 9-3, in the opening minutes before dropping a 63-51 decision on Jan. 28 in Springfield, Mo.
UNI led Evansville, 59-56, heading into the final two minutes of the squads’ matchup in the Ford Center on Feb. 15. Evansville rallied for a 63-62 win.
UNI DROPS TO 5-5 ALL-TIME IN BRACKETBUSTERS
UNI dropped a 77-68 decision at VCU in the 2012 SEARS BracketBusters matchup on ESPN2 (2/17). UNI is now 5-5 all-time in BracketBusters matchups.
UNI has made eight TV appearances in the BracketBusters format - which is the most TV appearances in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI is 4-4 in TV BracketBusters games.
UNI in BracketBuster Games
2003 UNI 76, @Louisiana Tech 71 -- (TV)
2004 UNI 82, @Wis.-Green Bay 75
2005 @UNI 86, W. Michigan 75 -- (TV)
2006 @UNI 65, Bucknell 61 (2OT) -- (TV)
2007 @Nevada 79, UNI 64 -- (TV)
2008 Illinois-Chicago 70, @UNI 58
2009 @Siena 81, UNI 75 -- (TV)
2010 @UNI 71, Old Dominion 62 -- (TV)
2011 George Mason 77, UNI 71 -- (TV)
2012 VCU 77, UNI 68 -- (TV)
PANTHERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BRACKETBUSTERS RETURN GAME
UNI has fared well in the BracketBuster return games, going 6-2 in those return contests. UNI has scored return trip wins over Louisiana Tech (75-72 in 2003-04), Wisconsin-Green Bay (76-65 in 2004-05), Western Michigan (69-63 in 2005-06), Bucknell (57-48 in 2006-07), Siena (82-65 in 2009-10) and Old Dominion (63-46 in 2011-12).
UNI ON ESPN FAMILY OF NETWORKS
UNI has made 36 appearances in the last six years on the ESPN family of networks with a mark of 16-20.
UNI’s 66-52 win over Drake (1/22) snapped a five-game losing streak for the Panthers on the World Wide Leader.
The Panthers have won 11 of their last 21 contests on the ESPN family of networks.
Date Opponent Score Network
3/18/12 at Drexel L, 65-63 ESPN
2/17/12 at VCU L, 77-68 ESPN2
1/28/12 at Missouri State L, 63-51 ESPNU
1/22/12 Drake W, 66-52 ESPNU
1/1/12 Evansville L, 76-65 ESPNU
11/14/11 at Saint Mary’s L, 57-41 ESPN
2/19/11 George Mason L, 77-71 ESPN2
2/12/11 Wichita State L, 73-55 ESPN2
2/2/11 at Drake L, 72-69 ESPNU
1/30/11 at Missouri State W, 60-59 ESPNU
1/26/11 Creighton W, 71-66 ESPNU
2/27/10 Illinois State W, 61-55 ESPN2
2/19/10 Old Dominion W, 71-62 ESPN2
2/6/10 Southern Illinois W, 55-52 ESPN2
1/19/10 Wichita State L, 60-51 ESPNU
1/12/10 Bradley W, 61-49 ESPNU
1/9/10 Illinois State W, 59-44 ESPN2
1/6/10 Southern Illinois W, 61-49 ESPNU
2/21/09 at Siena L, 81-75 ESPN2
1/25/09 at Missouri State W, 78-69 ESPNU
1/17/09 at Drake W, 81-59 ESPN2
12/9/08 at Iowa L, 65-46 ESPNU
2/5/08 at Creighton L, 74-50 ESPNU
1/15/08 Creighton L, 68-59 ESPN2
2/17/07 at Nevada L, 79-64 ESPN2
2/13/07 at Creighton L, 66-55 ESPNU
1/30/07 Wichita State L, 67-61 ESPN2
1/23/07 at Southern Illinois L, 56-54 ESPNU
1/6/07 Southern Illinois W, 66-61 ESPNU
12/27/07 Bradley W, 76-65 ESPN2
2/25/06 at Southern Illinois L, 46-45 ESPN2
2/18/06 Bucknell W, 65-61 ESPN2
1/31/06 at Creighton L, 63-55 ESPNU
1/5/06 at Wichita State W, 75-61 ESPNU
1/19/05 Western Michigan W, 86-75 ESPN2
2/9/05 at Creighton L, 83-82 ESPN2
TUTTLE CLAIMS 3RD MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOR
For the second consecutive week and third time this season, University of Northern Iowa freshman forward Seth Tuttle has been named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week (2/13).
Tuttle averaged 16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and shot 64.7 percent from the field in contests vs. Wichita State and Illinois State.
Tuttle scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting against the Shockers. He made 5-of-7 free throws vs. the Shockers.
Tuttle followed that up with his third career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-63 win over Illinois State. Tuttle made 6-of-10 shots from the field and was 4-of-5 at the foul line. He also handed out three assists vs. the Redbirds.
WITH THE DISH
UNI set a season high with 18 assists in a 78-63 win over Illinois State (2/11).
Marc Sonnen set his career-high with six assists vs. the Redbirds, while Deon Mitchell tied his career-high with five helpers vs. Illinois State.
The previous high mark this season came when the Panthers handed out 16 assists vs. Northern Colorado.
PANTHERS TIE SEASON 3-POINT MARK IN BARRAGE VS. ILLINOIS STATE
UNI tied its season-high with 12 made 3-pointers in its 78-63 win over Illinois State (2/11).
UNI also made 12 3-pointers at Creighton (1/10).
UNI has had seven games this season with double-figures of made 3-pointers. UNI is 5-2 in those contests.
UNI ON MVC-TV (FSN)
UNI has posted a mark of 26-17 in games broadcast on MVC TV and/or Fox Sports Net since the 2003-04 season.
UNI has won 14 of its last 19 games on MVC-TV.
Date Opponent Score Network
3/2/12 vs. Illinois State L, 54-42 FSN
2/8/12 at Wichita State L, 82-57 FSN
2/4/12 Creighton W, 65-62 FSN
1/13/12 Missouri State W, 61-60 FSN
3/4/11 vs. Creighton L, 63-60 FSN
2/26/11 at Creighton L, 63-55 FSN
2/15/11 at Bradley W, 80-70 FSN
1/19/11 at Wichita State W, 77-74 FSN
12/29/10 Missouri State L, 58-57 FSN
3/6/10 vs. Bradley W, 57-40 FSN
3/5/10 vs. Drake W, 55-40 FSN
2/16/10 Creighton W, 70-52 FSN
2/13/10 at Bradley L, 68-59 FSN
1/24/10 at Indiana State W, 67-58 FSN
3/7/09 vs. Bradley W, 76-62 FSN
3/6/09 vs. Indiana State W, 73-69 FSN
2/28/09 Evansville W, 69-62 FSN
1/31/09 at Indiana State W, 61-57 FSN
1/10/09 Missouri State W, 78-64 FSN
3/8/08 vs. Illinois State L, 56-42 FSN
3/7/08 vs. Southern Illinois W, 54-49 FSN
2/9/08 at Missouri State L, 71-54 FSN
2/2/08 Southern Illinois W, 68-63 FSN
1/20/08 Missouri State W, 70-55 FSN
1/5/08 at Indiana State L, 74-56 FSN
3/2/07 vs. Bradley L, 51-48 FSN
2/10/07 Missouri State L, 62-58 FSN
2/12/07 Creighton L, 62-54 FSN
12/30/06 at Wichita State W, 63-59 FSN
11/14/06 at Washington L, 70-61 FSN
3/4/06 vs. Southern Illinois L, 55-46 ot FSN
3/3/06 vs. Missouri State W, 57-42 FSN
2/22/06 Bradley L, 71-49 FSN
2/11/06 Missouri State L, 66-63 FSN
2/4/06 Indiana State W, 83-56 FSN
1/21/06 Drake W, 91-72 FSN
3/5/05 vs. Missouri State L, 70-62 FSN
2/28/05 at Wichita State W, 67-66 FSN
2/23/05 at Southern Illinois L, 76-69 FSN
1/18/05 at Missouri State W, 62-53 FSN
3/7/04 vs. Wichita State W, 64-56 FSN
3/6/04 vs. Illinois State W, 68-54 FSN
2/7/04 Indiana State W, 68-64 FSN
1/31/04 at Southern Illinois L, 63-53 FSN
12/20/03 at Illinois State W, 64-61 FSN
UNI AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS SINCE 2001-02
UNI is 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
HOME SUCCESS VS. RANKED
Since the 2001-02 season, UNI is 7-2 at home against ranked opponents.
UNI has defeated Iowa (2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06), Creighton (2003-04, 2011-12), Southern Illinois (2003-04) and Bucknell (2005-06).
UNI’S FIRST WIN IN MCLEOD VS. RANKED FOE
UNI scored its first McLeod Center win over a ranked foe when the Panthers dispatched the No. 13 Creighton Bluejays, 65-62.
UNI is now 1-1 all-time vs. ranked opponents in the McLeod Center. The No. 14-ranked Drake Bulldogs posted a 65-55 win over the Panthers on Feb. 16, 2008.
UNI VS. RANKED MVC OPPONENTS
UNI is 4-4 against ranked MVC opponents since the 2001-02 season, following the Panthers’ 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton (2/4).
TUTTLE EARNS 2ND MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Seth Tuttle has been named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Tuttle averaged 11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and shot 66.7 percent from the field in leading UNI to a pair of wins over Southern Illinois and No. 12/13-ranked Creighton. Tuttle scored nine points in UNI’s 58-49 win over Southern Illinois. Tuttle made 3-of-4 shots from the field against the Salukis. Tuttle then tallied 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting from the field vs. the Bluejays.
FILLING IN THE MCLEOD CENTER
The UNI-Creighton game drew 6,910 fans, which ranks as the No. 8 crowd of all-time in the McLeod Center.
The all-time biggest crowd in the McLeod Center came on Feb. 27, 2010, when 7,332 fans watched the Panthers take on the Illinois State Redbirds.
BIG GAME JAMES - ANTHONY THAT IS
UNI junior guard Anthony James buried the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to give UNI a 65-62 win over No. 13-ranked Creighton in the McLeod Center (2/4).
James scored a team-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half. James scored nine points in the final 2:07 to push the Panthers to the victory.
James hit a jumper with 2:07 left to give UNI a 55-52 lead. James then knocked down a three-pointer from the left corner with 23.5 seconds left to give UNI a 61-56 lead. James hit a free throw with 12.4 seconds left before Creighton tied the game at 62-62, setting the stage for his game-winning buzzer-beater.
UNI committed only two turnovers in the Panthers’ 65-62 win over Creighton (2/4) and both occurred in the first half. UNI played the final 20 minutes against the Bluejays and did not committ a single turnover.
FRESHMEN STEP UP
UNI freshmen Deon Mitchell and Seth Tuttle played key roles in the Panthers’ win over Creighton (2/4). Mitchell scored 12 points, his second straight double-figure scoring effort. Tuttle scored 13 points and added a team-high nine rebounds in the victory over the Jays.
UNI freshman point guard Deon Mitchell delivered a career-high 17 points in leading UNI to a 58-49 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis.
Mitchell drained 10-of-13 at the free throw line against the Salukis.
SECOND-HALF SURGE KEYS UNI WIN OVER SIU
UNI’s Deon Mitchell keyed a 14-5 second-half run that turned a 42-39 deficit into a 50-44 lead for the Panthers against the Southern Illinois Salukis (1/31).
Mitchell drained a 3-pointer with 6:43 left to give the Panthers their first lead of the second half at 43-41. He then hit two free throws with 6:04 left to up the marging to four at 45-41.
Mitchell then hit Johnny Moran with a pass in the corner and Moran buried the triple for a 48-44 advantage with 4:48 left. Moran then closed the run with another bucket with 4:06 remaining in the game.
THE UNDER 50 CLUB
When the UNI Panthers held the Southern Illinois Salukis to 49 points in the Panthers’ win on Jan. 31, 2012, it marked the 26th time in the Ben Jacobson head coaching era that the Panthers had held a team under 50 points. UNI is 25-1 in those contests.
OPP. HELD UNDER 50 PTS IN JACOBSON COACHING ERA
Date Opponent Results
12/12/06 at Bucknell W, 57-48
11/9/07 vs. Northern Illinois W, 75-45
11/27/07 at Iowa State W, 61-48
12/15/07 vs. Wartburg W, 99-48
12/29/07 at Bradley W, 59-46
3/7/08 vs. Southern Illinois W, 54-49
12/6 /08 vs. North Dakota W, 69-49
2/18/09 vs. Drake L, 47-46
11/28/09 vs. Northern Illinois W, 52-45
12/19/09 at North Dakota W, 64-41
1/1/10 vs. Evansville W, 65-46
1/6/10 at Southern Illinois W, 61-49
1/9/10 at Illinois State W, 59-44
1/16/10 vs. Indiana State W, 62-40
2/10/10 at Drake W, 57-48
3/5/10 vs. Drake W, 55-40
3/6/10 vs. Bradley W, 57-40
11/16/10 vs. Coe W, 84-45
12/19/10 vs. SIU Edwardsville W, 68-47
1/12/11 at Illinois State W, 46-44
1/22/11 Drake W, 69-49
11/12/11 Old Dominion W, 63-46
11/22/11 Western Carolina W, 59-39
12/19/11 Loras W, 84-48
1/4/12 Indiana State W, 65-48
1/31/12 Southern Illinois W, 58-49
UNI IS 20-2 IN PSN BROADCASTS
UNI is 20-2 all-time in games produced on the Panther Sports Network (PSN).
UNI went 5-1 in PSN broadcasts in the 2011-12 season. UNI posted a perfect 8-0 record in PSN games in 2009-10 and the Panthers went 7-1 in 2010-11 in PSN games.
Panther Sports Properties (Learfield Communications) put together the Panther Sports Network at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
Date Opponent Score Network
1/31/12 Southern Illinois W, 58-49 PSN
1/18/12 Wichita State L, 71-68 PSN
1/4/12 Indiana State W, 65-48 PSN
12/10/11 Milwaukee W, 67-51 PSN
12/6/11 Iowa W, 80-60 PSN
11/22/11 Western Carolina W, 59-39 PSN
2/22/11 Indiana State L, 76-74 PSN
2/2/11 Illinois State W, 53-51 PSN
1/22/11 Drake W, 69-49 PSN
1/15/11 Southern Illinois W, 72-52 PSN
1/9/11 Bradley W, 83-77 PSN
1/4/11 Evansville W, 65-53 PSN
12/1/10 Iowa State W, 60-54 PSN
11/16/10 Coe W, 84-45 PSN
2/3/10 Wichita State W, 59-56 PSN
1/27/10 Drake W, 67-51 PSN
1/16/10 Indiana State W, 62-40 PSN
1/3/10 Missouri State W, 84-76 PSN
12/23/09 Wyoming W, 72-54 PSN
12/12/09 Siena W, 82-65 PSN
12/8/09 Iowa W, 67-50 PSN
11/28/09 Northern Illinois W, 52-45 PSN
SONNEN’S STREAK SNAPPED VS. SIU
Junior guard Marc Sonnen had his streak of 17 straight games with at least one made 3-pointer snapped in UNI’s 58-49 win over Southern Illinois (1/31).
TUTTLE POSTS FIRST CAREER 20-POINT GAME
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle tallied his first career 20-point scoring game at Indiana State (1/25) with 22 points. Tuttle made 7-of-9 shots from the field and was 8-of-9 at the foul line.
NOT A BAD WEEK FOR MR. TUTTLE
Freshman forward Seth Tuttle shot 91.7 percent from the floor and averaged 14.0 ppg in helping UNI to a split of games vs. Wichita State and Drake.
Tuttle made all six shot attempts and all three throws in scoring 15 points against Wichita State.
Tuttle then drained 5-of-6 shots from the field and tallied a team-high 13 points in a 66-52 win over Drake. Tuttle hit his second 3-pointer of the season against the Bulldogs and made both of his free throw attempts.
Tuttle was 5-for-5 from the line over the two games.
PANTHERS CAP PERFECT SEASON VS. STATE OF IOWA
For only the third time in its history, UNI posted a perfect 4-0 record against in-state Division I competition.
UNI defeated Iowa State (69-62), Iowa (80-60) and Drake (83-68 and 66-52) this season.
UNI also won all four games against Iowa, Iowa State and Drake in the 1997-98 and 2009-10 seasons.
SEASON-BEST IN BOARDS VS. DRAKE
UNI grabbed a season-high 37 rebounds in its 66-52 win over the Drake Bulldogs in the McLeod Center (1/22).
Junior center Austin Pehl recorded a game-high six rebounds in only nine minutes of action against the Bulldogs to propel UNI to the rebounding edge, 37-32.
MARTINO POSTS CAREER-HIGH AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Redshirt freshman Max Martino posted a career-high four points in UNI’s 66-52 win over Drake (1/22).
Martino made both of his shot attempts - in the first half - of the Panthers’ home win over the in-state rival Drake Bulldogs.
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle had a streak of 12 straight made field goals snapped when he missed his final shot of the game vs. Drake (1/22). Tuttle has had two stretches this season of 12 straight made field goals.
Earlier this season, Tuttle had a three-game stretch of 12 straight made field goals against Providence, Iowa State and Colorado State.
MORAN SETS UNI STARTS RECORD
UNI senior guard Johnny Moran set the school record for games started against Wichita State (1/18) when he started his 121st career game for the Panthers. The previous mark of 120 starts was set by Ben Jacobson (2003-06).
AMAZING START BEHIND THE ARC VS. CREIGHTON
UNI got off to an amazing start from 3-point land against Creighton on Jan. 10. UNI drained eight of its first 10 3-point field goall attempts against the Jays in opening up a 31-20 lead in the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
SEASON-BEST IN 3-POINTERS
UNI drained a season-high 12 3-pointers in the 63-60 loss at Creighton on Jan. 10.
UNI’s previous season best this year came on three occasions when the Panthers buried 11 3-pointers against Northern Colorado (11/20), Iowa (12/6) and Loras (12/19) - all three of which came in the McLeod Center.
The Panthers’ previous best number of road three-pointers was nine this season.
80 AND UP
UNI reached 80 or more points for the fourth time this season when it posted an 83-68 win at Drake.
UNI is 18-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under coach Jacobson. The Panthers have won 13 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.
UNI SCORING 80+IN JACOBSON ERA
Date Opponent Results
1/7/12 at Drake W, 83-68
12/19/11 Loras W, 84-48
12/6/11 Iowa W, 80-60
12/3/10 Colorado State W, 83-77
3/15/11 Rider W, 84-50
2/15/11 at Bradley W, 80-70
1/9/11 Bradley W, 83-77
11/16/10 Coe W, 84-45
1/3/10 Missouri State W, 84-76
12/12/09 Siena W, 82-65
11/23/09 vs. Boston College W, 81-69
2/11/09 Southern Illinois W, 81-55
1/17/09 at Drake W, 81-59
12/28/08 Indiana State L, 85-84 (2OT)
11/25/08 Chicago State W, 81-70
12/15/07 Wartburg W, 99-48
12/20/06 Wartburg W, 83-61
12/09/06 UMKC W, 85-53
11/13/06 vs. Pepperdine W, 83-58
NOT SO MANY 3-POINTERS
UNI attempted a season-low eight 3-pointers in its 83-68 win at Drake. UNI also made a season-low four 3-pointers against the Bulldogs.
Prior to its performance against Drake, UNI’s season-low for 3-pointers made was five vs. Western Carolina (11/22) and fewest attempted was 15 against Indiana State (1/4). In both of those contests, UNI was victorious.
WARMIN’ UP ON THE ROAD
For the first time this season, UNI shot above 50 percent in a road/neutral contest when the Panthers drained 55.3 percent of its shots at Drake.
UNI’s previous best road/neutral shooting performance this season came in a 63-46 win at Old Dominion (11/12), when the Panthers made 49.0 percent of its shots.
JAKE BOUNCES BACK VS. SYCAMORES
Junior forward Jake Koch came into the Jan. 4 game vs. Indiana State 0-for-6 from the field in MVC action this season - but he drained four field goals, including two 3-pointers in the 65-48 win over the Sycamores.
JAMES HITS FOR 20-PLUS VS. ILS
Panther guard Anthony James surpassed the 20-point mark for the third time this season, and seventh time in his career, when he posted 21 points in Thursday’s game at Illinois State.
James leads the Panthers in scoring at 14.2 points per game. James has reached double-figure scoring in nine straight games.
AJ TIES UNI VALLEY MARK
Anthony James hit on 9-of-25 shots at Illinois State tying him for the most shots by a UNI Panther in a Missouri Valley Conference contest.
Cam Johnson set the UNI standard for MVC games when he launched 25 shots against Drake on Feb. 12, 1994, in Des Moines. Johnson scored 40 points against the Bulldogs that night in a 102-79 UNI victory.
UNI’s all-time record for shot attempts in a game is 26 set by both Cam Johnson (vs. Iowa - Dec. 7, 1993) and Randy Kraayenbrink (vs. Prairie View A&M - Nov. 30, 1985).
ILLINOIS STATE SNAPS 7-GAME SKID VS UNI
UNI opened Missouri Valley Conference play as Illinois State scored a 65-61 win over the Panthers in Normal, Ill. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak the Panthers had going against the Redbirds.
FOUR STRAIGHT YEARS OF 8-GAME WIN STREAKS
For the fourth consecutive season, UNI put together an eight-game win streak. In 110 years of UNI basketball, the Panthers have posted 12 win streaks of eight games or more.
UNI’s 8-Game Win Streaks in School History
15 games 2009-10
11 games 2008-09
10 games 1963-64
9 games 1951-52
9 games 1963-64
9 games 2011-12
8 games 1922-23
8 games 1924-25
8 games 1929-30
8 games 1961-62
8 games 2003-04
8 games 2010-11
3RD-BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
UNI’s 10-1 start marks the third-best beginning to a season in school history. UNI started the 1963-64 season with a 19-1 mark en route to a 23-4 year. UNI started the 2009-10 season at 16-1 on its way to a 30-5 mark and the Sweet 16. UNI has had four 10-1 starts to season (1922-23, 1924-25, 2005-06 and 2011-12).
Best Starts in School History
1963-64 19-1 Finished 23-4
2009-10 16-1 Finished 30-5
2005-06 10-1 Finished 23-10
1922-23 10-1 Finished 10-1
1924-25 10-1 Finished 10-1
2011-12 10-1 Finished 20-14
YET ANOTHER GOOD START UNDER COACH JAKE
The Panthers secured their second-best start in head coach Ben Jacobson’s era with the 10-1 start. UNI started the 2009-10 season with a 16-1 mark.
SEVEN PANTHERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN 84-48 WIN OVER LORAS
UNI had seven players reach double-figure scoring in its 84-48 win over Loras (12/19). The Panthers saw Deon Mitchell (13), Austin Pehl (13), Chip Rank (12), Marc Sonnen (11), Seth Tuttle (10), Anthony James (10) and Matt Morrison (10) all reach double-figure scoring against the Duhawks.
It marks the first time in the history of UNI basketball that the Panthers have seven different players reach double-figure scoring in the same game.
PEHL NOTCHES CAREER-HIGH
Junior center Austin Pehl posted a career-high 13 points in helping UNI to an 84-48 win over Loras. Pehl’s previous career-best came earlier this season at Iowa State when he scored eight against the Cyclones.
BOMBS AWAY FROM 3-POINT LAND
For the third time this season UNI drained 11 3-pointers in a single game when the Panthers made 11-of-20 shots from beyond the arc in an 84-48 win over Loras (12/19). UNI also made 11 3-pointers against Northern Colorado and Iowa.
UNI RECEIVED VOTES IN NATIONAL POLLS IN DECEMBER
The UNI men’s basketball team received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 this season.
UNI has been ranked in the national polls on 12 occasions with nine of those coming in the 2009-10 season.
The UNI Panthers finished the season ranked No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. It marked the highest ranking ever in school history for the Panthers in the Coaches Poll.
The Feb. 8, 2010, Associated Press poll saw UNI ranked No. 19 – the highest ranking for the Panthers ever in the AP poll.
UNI IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Date of Poll Coaches AP
Jan. 30, 2006 24 25
Feb. 6, 2006 RV 25
Feb. 20, 2006 RV 25
Oct. 29, 2009 RV RV
Nov. 16, 2009 RV RV
Dec. 7, 2009 -- RV
Dec. 14, 2009 RV RV
Dec. 21, 2009 RV RV
Dec. 28, 2009 RV RV
Jan. 4, 2010 RV RV
Jan. 11, 2010 RV RV
Jan. 18, 2010 22 20
Jan. 25, 2010 25 RV
Feb. 1, 2010 22 24
Feb. 8, 2010 18 19
Feb. 15, 2010 24 RV
Feb. 22, 2010 22 25
March 1, 2010 RV RV
March 8, 2010 25 RV
March 15, 2010 24 RV
April 6, 2010 13 --
Jan. 31, 2011 RV RV
Dec. 5, 2011 RV RV
Dec. 12, 2011 RV RV
Dec. 19, 2011 -- RV
NON-CONF HOME-COURT SUCCESS
UNI owns a 32-7 record in the McLeod Center against non-conference foes since the building opened in November 2006.
The Panthers have won 23 of their last 27 non-conference home games.
UNI’s only seven losses in the McLeod Center against non-conference opponents have come against Iowa State (71-66 OT - 12/3/08), Iowa (62-55 - 12/5/07), Nevada (55-52 - 12/22/07), Illinois-Chicago (70-58 - 2/23/08), George Mason (77-71 - 2/19/11), SMU (57-50 - 3/21/11) and Ohio (76-59 - 12/20/11).
KOCH TAKES MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Junior forward Jake Koch averaged 17 ppg, handed out 4.5 apg, grabbed 4.5 rpg, shot 47.4 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from 3-point land and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line in leading UNI to wins over Iowa (80-60) and Milwaukee (67-51).
Koch scored 13 points, dished out six assists, blocked two shots and had a steal in the 80-60 win over Iowa on Tuesday. Koch also drained 3-for-4 3-point shots and made all four free throws against the Hawkeyes.
Koch followed that up with a season-high 21 points in a 67-51 win over Milwaukee on Saturday. Against the UWM Panthers, Koch was 6-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point land. Koch made all six free throws against Milwaukee.
PANTHERS SWEEP IOWA, IOWA STATE IN SAME SEASON
For only the fourth time in the history of its program, UNI has swept the season series against Iowa and Iowa State. UNI also won both meetings with Iowa and Iowa State in the 1997-98, 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons.
LARGEST UNI WIN EVER VS. IOWA
UNI’s 20-point win over Iowa was the Panthers’ largest margin of victory over against the Hawkeyes. The previous best was 17 in the 2009-10 season when UNI posted a 67-50 win over Iowa.
AJ SETS HIS CAREER-HIGH VS. COLORADO STATE
Junior guard Anthony James scored a career-high 28 points in leading UNI to an 83-77 victory over Colorado State (12/3).
James buried 11-of-18 shots from the field against Colorado State. James made 3-of-5 3-point shots against the Rams as well.
James has tallied six 20-plus scoring efforts in his Panther career. It’s the second 20-plus scoring game this season. Previously this year, James posted a 22-point game in a 79-62 win over Providence.
PANTHERS STAY PERFECT IN MWC/MVC CHALLENGE
UNI scored a season-high 83 points against Colorado State in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.
UNI is 3-0 all-time in the MWC/MVC Challenge. UNI has scored MWC/MVC Challenge wins over Wyoming (72-54 in 2009), TCU (64-60 in 2010) and Colorado State (83-77 in 2011).
MORAN 3-POINT STREAK SNAPPED
Johnny Moran failed to make a three-pointer in Saturday’s 83-77 win over Colorado State - snapping a streak of 16 straight games with a made 3-pointer.
Moran was 0-for-2 from 3-point land vs. the Rams.
Moran had a stretch in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons that saw him make a 3-pointer in 17 straight contests.
Nick Nurse holds the UNI record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer made at 27.
BENCH STARS FOR UNI VS. IOWA STATE
UNI’s bench scored 34 points, while the starters contributed 35 points in the 69-62 win at Iowa State.
MORRISON SHINES VS. THE CYCLONES
Sophomore guard Matt Morrison broke out in a big way in UNI’s 69-62 win over Iowa State. Morrison made his first four 3-point shots and scored a career-high 14 points.
Morrison made his only two 3-point shots against Providence and then made his first four 3-pointers against Iowa State for a streak of six consecutive made 3-point shots over two games.
Morrison entered Wednesday’s game vs. Iowa State having scored six points on the season. Morrison’s previous career-high came against Rider in the first round of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, when he scored seven points.
PEHL POSTS A CAREER-BEST
UNI junior center Austin Pehl also had a career-night vs. the Iowa State Cyclones. Pehl posted a career-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field in only nine minutes of action vs. the Cyclones.
Pehl’s previous career-best came when he scored seven points against Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Dec. 19, 2010.
TUTTLE GRABS 12 BOARDS AGAINST THE CYCLONES
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle set a career-high with 12 rebounds in UNI’s 69-62 win over Iowa State.
TUTTLE NAMED MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
UNI freshman forward Seth Tuttle was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week after he helped the Panthers to wins over Western Carolina, Rice and Providence.
Tuttle averaged 11.0 ppg, grabbed 6.3 rebounds and shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field in helping UNI to wins over Western Carolina, Rice and Providence. Tuttle produced his first double-double as a collegian when he scored 13 points and registered 11 rebounds in UNI’s 79-62 win over Providence at the 2011 South Padre Island Invitational. Tuttle also scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a victory over Western Carolina to begin the week.
Junior guard Marc Sonnen buried all three second-half shots he took against Iowa State – all 3-pointers in the final 5:34 of the contest.
Sonnen reached double figures for the third time this season when he posted 12 points against the Cyclones.
AJ FINDS HIS SCORING GROOVE
Junior guard Anthony James was named the MVP of the 2011 South Padre Island Invitational after he led UNI to a perfect 4-0 mark in the tournament.
In three games this week, James averaged 14.0 ppg, while shooting 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field. James averaged 4.0 rpg and had a 6-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio. He posted the fifth 20-point game of his career when he tallied 22 points in a 79-62 win over Providence on Saturday. James was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point land vs. the Friars. James also scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 64-60 win over Rice.
‘REAL’ SOUTH PADRE ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIP?
UNI and Iowa State each posted perfect 4-0 marks in the 2011 South Padre Island Invitational. UNI was awarded the team title in South Padre on a tiebreaker for fewest points allowed. UNI then ‘clinched’ the outright South Padre title with a 69-62 win over Iowa State in Ames.
MITCHELL ENJOYS A TRIP TO HIS HOME STATE
Freshman point guard Deon Mitchell enjoyed a return trip to his home state this weekend for the South Padre Island Invitational. Mitchell, a native of Pflugerville, Texas, posted a career-high 16 points in UNI’s 64-60 win over Rice.
UNI POSTS FIRST BIG EAST WIN
With its 79-62 win over Providence, UNI gained the first win in school history over a BIG EAST school. UNI had been 0-9 entering the game vs. Providence against the BIG EAST.
Head coach Ben Jacobson improved to 1-3 all-time vs. the BIG EAST.
UNI has matched up against Cincinnati (0-1), DePaul (0-2), Georgetown (0-2), Marquette (0-1), Notre Dame (0-2), Providence (1-0) and Syracuse (0-1).
KOCHIN’ UP ALL KINDS OF NUMBERS
UNI junior forward Jake Koch had a balanced effort against Western Carolina (11/22). He tallied nine points, nine rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists in leading UNI to a 59-39 win over the Catamounts.
In the 2010-11 season, Koch became the first Panther in the Division I era to record 30 or more assists (68), steals (30) and blocks (30) in a single season.
HALFWAY TO 1,000 POINTS
Juniors Jake Koch and Anthony James each eclipsed the 500-point mark in their careers against Western Carolina.
Koch scored nine points vs. the Catamounts and has 501 career points.
James tallied six points vs. Western Carolina and has 503 career points.
HITTING THE BOARDS
After losing the rebounding battle in each of its first three games this season, UNI was able to out-rebound the Western Carolina Catamounts, 32-26.
UNI limited Western Carolina to only 39 points in the Panthers 59-39 victory. It marked the lowest output for a UNI opponent since scoring an identical 59-39 win over Indiana State in the 2002-03 season.
The 39 points was the lowest defensive effort in head coach Ben Jacobson’s six-year tenure on the Panther sideline. The previous best of 40 occured on three occasions.
BUSS TO MISS 3 MONTHS WITH BROKEN ARM
University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball player Nate Buss suffered a broken right arm in a workout Nov. 17, head coach Ben Jacobson announced.
Buss, a redshirt freshman from Charles City, Iowa, suffered a break in his right arm of the mid shaft radius and ulnar fracture while working out. He underwent surgery today as well and a three-month recovery time is expected.
MORAN SETS MCLEOD STEALS MARK
UNI senior guard Johnny Moran tallied a McLeod Center-record six steals in the Panthers’ 78-69 win over Northern Colorado.
The Panthers also set a team record in the McLeod Center with 11 steal against the Bears.
PANTHERS DROP DECISION AT SAINT MARY’S IN ESPN COLLEGE HOOPS MARATHON
UNI dropped a 57-41 decision to the Saint Mary’s College Gaels at the McKeon Pavilion. The game was broadcast live on ESPN as a part of the College Hoops Marathon.
Senior guard Johnny Moran led the Panthers with a game-high 13 points.
Saint Mary’s jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Panthers responded with a 9-0 run of their own to take their only lead of the contest. But Saint Mary’s closed the first half on a 19-4 run to take a 26-13 lead at the intermission.
The Gaels extended their lead to 28 points at 51-23 with 6:43 left in the game. UNI fought back and used a 16-2 run to trim the lead to 14 with 1:13 remaining in the contest.
UNI SECURES 63-46 SEASON-OPENING WIN AT OLD DOMINION
UNI used its patented suffocating defense to open the 2011-12 season with a 63-46 win over Old Dominion University in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Panthers were led by junior Jake Koch, who scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Koch buried a trio of 3-pointers and all three of his free throw attempts on the night.
UNI limited ODU to only four second-half field goals and held the Monarchs to 27.3 percent shooting from the field for the game. Offensively, UNI made 49 percent of its shots, including nine from 3-point land.
UNI did not allow ODU to score a basket in the second half from the 10:46 mark to the 2:34 mark.
UNI NETS 71-53 EXHIBITION VICTORY OVER NORTHERN STATE
UNI posted a 71-53 exhibition win over Northern State (S.D.) on Oct. 30 to begin exhibition play in the 2011-12 season.
Junior guard Anthony James led a balanced Panther attack with 15 points. UNI enjoyed a 50-31 advantage in rebounds, including a 19-4 edge on the offensive boards.
The Panthers saw six players score at least eight or more points. Sophomore forward Chip Rank and freshman forward Marvin Singleton each collected a game-high 10 rebounds.
PANTHERS CLOSE EXHIBITION PLAY WITH TRIUMPH OVER DUBUQUE
UNI completed its two-game exhibition schedule with a 57-43 win over the University of Dubuque on Friday in the McLeod Center.
UNI enjoyed a 42-29 advantage in rebounding against the Spartans. UNI posted a 16-3 offensive rebounding advantage against the Division III foe.
Junior guard Anthony James led the way in scoring with 13 points. Freshman forward Seth Tuttle tallied 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Marc Sonnen notched a team-high nine rebounds in the contest.
HITTING THE BOOKS, TOO
Not only has UNI won 20 straight games in three straight seasons, but the Panthers are also maintaining a solid team cumulative GPA. The Panthers posted a team GPA of 3.21 in the spring 2011 semester.
The Panthers entered the fall 2011 semester with a 3.06 cumulative GPA, the highest mark during head coach Ben Jacobson’s tenure as an assistant or as a head coach.
UNI made 23 appearances on TV this season through the MVC Tournament.
UNI was on national TV 14 times in the 2011-12 season.
In the 2010-11 season, UNI had 23 television appearances, including 16 national TV spots.
PANTHERS PICKED FOURTH IN THE MVC PRESEASON POLL
The UNI Panthers were picked to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll in voting by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media.
Creighton is the preseason favorite with 29 first-place votes and 389 total points. Wichita State is picked second with seven first-place votes and 350 points. Indiana State garnered the other four first-place votes and tallied 331 points. UNI followed in fourth with 245 points.
2011-12 MVC Preseason Poll
1. Creighton (29) 389
2. Wichita State (7) 350
3. Indiana State (4) 331
4. UNI 245
5. Evansville 234
6. Missouri State 216
7. Drake 159
8. Illinois State 111
9. Southern Illinois 90
10. Bradley 75
JAMES NAMED PRESEASON H.M. ALL-MVC
Junior guard Anthony James was named as an honorable mention all-MVC preseason selection.
James is the Panthers’ top returning scorer at 12.4 points per game, which ranked No. 9 in the league last season.
FOSTER NAMED VIDEO COORDINATOR
University of Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson announced the addition of Chris Foster as video coordinator to the Panther staff for the remainder of the 2011-12 season on Dec. 28.
Foster returns to UNI following his time as a high school teacher and coach in the St. Louis, Mo., area. Foster played at UNI from 2000-2005. He then served three different roles in three years for the Panther coaching staff. In 2005-06, he was a graduate manager. In 2006-07, Foster was UNI’s director of basketball operations. Then in 2007-08, Foster moved into a full-time assistant coaching position for the Panthers.
Foster tallied 1,027 points for the Panthers as he saw action in 120 games, while drawing 57 starting assignments. He was a member of two NCAA Tournament squads as a player and one as a graduate manager. Foster was a member of the 2002 MVC All-Freshman squad.
The position became available in early December when then video coordinator Sean Sweeney accepted a similar job with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association.
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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