The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball non-conference schedule is set for the 2012-13 season. The schedule features nine home games on the non-conference slate in the McLeod Center.
The Missouri Valley Conference schedule will be finalized at a later date, but will feature nine more home games to give the Panthers an 18-game home schedule in 2012-13.
UNI will open the season with a pair of exhibition games against Briar Cliff (Oct. 27) and Northern State (Nov. 4). UNI scored a 71-53 exhibition win over Northern State last season.
The Panthers regular season opener is set for Nov. 10 against Wartburg. UNI's last regular season matchup against the Knights came Dec. 15, 2007, when the Panthers scored a 99-48 victory in the McLeod Center. UNI and Wartburg last met in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2, 2010, when the Panthers tallied a 67-46 triumph.
As a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, UNI's fourth game of the agreement comes in the form of a home game against the University of Toledo Rockets on Nov. 14. It will be the first-ever meeting between UNI and Toledo in men's basketball.
UNI will play host to the University of North Dakota on Nov. 17 before taking off for the Bahamas and the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. UNI defeated North Dakota 65-52 in their last meeting in the McLeod Center on Nov. 27, 2010.
UNI will then head to Nassau, Bahamas to take part in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis Nov. 22-24. UNI will matchup against the Louisville Cardinals in the quarterfinal matchup on Nov. 22. UNI will take on the Stanford Cardinal or the Missouri Tigers in the next round of the tournament - depending upon a win or loss vs. Louisville on Nov. 23. The bottom half of the Battle 4 Atlantis bracket features Duke, Minnesota, Memphis and VCU.
UNI will return home to play the Milwaukee Panthers on Dec. 1 and the Northern Colorado Bears on Dec. 5. UNI scored wins over Milwaukee (67-51) and Northern Colorado (78-69) last season in the McLeod Center.
The Panthers will complete a home-and-home series against George Mason as a return trip from a BracketBusters game in 2011. UNI will take on the Patriots in Fairfax, Va., on Dec. 8.
The Panthers will take part in the Big Four Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 15 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. UNI scored an 80-60 win over the Hawkeyes last season the McLeod Center.
UNI's last road non-conference game of the year will feature a trip to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNI and UNLV's only previous encounter came in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, when the Panthers scored a 69-66 win to move on to play Kansas in the second round.
The Panthers will matchup against the Saint Mary's Gaels in the McLeod Center on Dec. 22. UNI played at Saint Mary's last season in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off in Moraga, Calif.
UNI will also play host to a BracketBusters game in late February. The dates for this year's BracketBusters are Feb. 22-24.
To order season tickets, call the UNI ticket office at 319-273-4849 or visit www.UNIPanthers.com.
2012-13 UNI MBB
Oct. 27 Briar Cliff (Exh.)
Nov. 4 Northern State (Exh.)
Nov. 10 Wartburg
Nov. 14 Toledo
Nov. 17 North Dakota
Nov. 22 Louisville (Battle 4 Atlantis - Bahamas)
Nov. 23 Stanford/Missouri (Battle 4 Atlantis - Bahamas)
Nov. 24 TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis - Bahamas)
Dec. 1 Milwaukee
Dec. 5 Northern Colorado
Dec. 8 at George Mason
Dec. 15 vs. Iowa (Big Four Classic - Des Moines, Iowa)
Dec. 19 at UNLV
Dec. 22 Saint Mary's
Feb. 22-24 BracketBusters