Northern Colorado at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (4-3 overall) will look to make it a two-game winning streak Wednesday as it hosts the University of Northern Colorado Bears in the McLeod Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
• The UNC Bears are 1-4 on the season having lost four straight games coming into Wednesday’s contest.
• The Bears have dropped matchups against Cal Poly (64-53), Wyoming (69-60), Colorado State (85-69) and UC Riverside (69-63).
• Tevin Svihovec and Tate Unruh lead the UNC Bears in scoring at 11.2 points/game.
• UNI has posted a mark of 36-7 (83.7 percent winning percentage) vs. non-conference foes in the McLeod Center. UNI is 4-0 at home this season in non-conference play.
• Sophomore guard Nate Buss made the first eight shots he took vs. Milwaukee and scored a career-high 17 points on Saturday. Buss leads the team in field goal percentage (69.4 percent). He ranks No. 2 in the MVC in field goal percentage.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 straight games - a stretch that dates back to the 2011-12 season. Sonnen finished the 2011-12 season by making at least one 3-pointer in the final 10 games. He has made a 3-pointer in all seven of UNI’s games this season.
• Senior guard Anthony James is closing in on becoming the Panthers’ next 1,000-point career scorer. James has tallied 912 points heading into Wednesday’s game vs. Northern Colorado. UNI has 34 all-time 1,000-point scorers in the history of its program.
Starting with the team’s game Nov. 14 vs. Toledo, 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. Head coach Ben Jacobson’s weekly radio call-in show will air on Thursdays, starting Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., live from The Other Place in Cedar Falls.
NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS
The UNC Bears are 1-4 on the season having lost four straight games coming into Wednesday’s contest.
The Bears have dropped matchups against Cal Poly (64-53), Wyoming (69-60), Colorado State (85-69) and UC Riverside (69-63).
Tevin Svihovec and Tate Unruh lead the UNC Bears in scoring at 11.2 points/game.
UNC head coach B.J. Hill is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Hill has coached UNC to a mark of 31-34 in his three seasons as the head coach in Greeley, Colo.
Hill played basketball at NIACC and at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand View in 1996 and his master’s degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State in 2001.
UNI holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series having a claimed a 78-69 win over the UNC Bears (Nov. 20, 2011) last season in the McLeod Center.
In last year’s matchup, UNI had five players reach double-figure scoring and withstood 13 made 3-pointers from the Bears.
UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 82.8 points per game in each of its four wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 47.7 points per game in each of its three losses.
In UNI’s four wins, the Panthers have scored at least 72 points in all four games. However in UNI’s losses, the Panthers scored 50 points or less.
NO. 13 IN THE NATION IN FT%
UNI ranks No. 13 in the nation in free throw percentage (77.6 percent) through the first six games of the season.
NON-CONF HOME-COURT SUCCESS
UNI has posted a mark of 36-7 vs. non-conference competition since the McLeod Center opened in November 2006.
UNI posted a 6-1 mark last season in the McLeod Center during its non-conference home schedule.
Sophomore forward Nate Buss scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting vs. Milwaukee to help the Panthers to a 72-61 victory. Buss made his first eight field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.
Buss’s 8-of-9 shooting set a McLeod Center record for a UNI player at 88.9 percent. The previous mark of 7-of-8 was set on several occasions.
Through seven games, Buss leads the Panthers in field goal percentage (69.4 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (60.0 percent).
Buss ranks No. 2 in the MVC in field goal percentage - trailing only Creighton’s Gregory Echenique (73.8 percent).
Buss would rank No. 4 in the country in field goal percentage but he does not meet the NCAA minimum of five made FGs per game.
AJ CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Anthony James is closing in on becoming the Panthers’ next 1,000-point career scorer.
James has tallied 912 points heading into Wednesday’s game vs. Northern Colorado.
UNI has 34 all-time 1,000-point scorers in the history of its program.
SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals with 14 through the Panthers’ first seven games.
Sonnen has drained 119 3-pointers in his Panther career. For Sonnen to crack the Panthers’ all-time top-10 3-pointers made list, he’ll have to make 134. Dale Turner (1989-92) made 134 career 3-pointers for the Panthers to rank No. 10 all-time at UNI.
17 STRAIGHT FOR SONNEN
Senior guard Marc Sonnen has made at least one 3-pointer in 17 straight games - a stretch that dates back to the 2011-12 season.
Sonnen finished last season having made at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games. He has opened up the 2012-13 season by making at least one 3-pointer in all seven games.
Nick Nurse holds the UNI record for consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointers at 27. Nurse set the mark in a stretch from Feb. 23, 1987 - Feb. 20, 1988.
SINGLETON HITTING THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS HARDS
Sophomore forward Marvin Singleton ranks second on the squad with nine offensive rebounds throught the first seven games.
KOCH-IN UP A STAT LINE
Senior forward Jake Koch is a stat-sheet stuffer supreme - to steal a line from Clark Kellogg.
Koch leads the Panthers in rebounds (46), blocks (11), steals (8) and free throws made (29). He ranks second on the squad in scoring (69 - 9.9 ppg).
KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Senior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 6 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 248-of-305 career free throws for a mark of 81.3 percent.
Koch had a streak of 22 straight made free throws snapped vs. Stanford (11/23).
Maurice Newby (1987-91) holds the UNI free throw percentage record at 85.6 percent (149-of-174).
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle is UNI’s career leader in field goal percentage at 62.1 percent through 41 career games.
Tuttle is shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) this season, after blistering the nets last season at 65.2 percent (118-of-181).
MITCHELL MISSES MILWAUKEE GAME
UNI sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell sat out Saturday’s 72-61 win over Milwaukee with a bruised heel.
As a result, the Panthers started their third different starting lineup this season.
UNI STARTING LINEUPS - RECORD
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-James - 1-0
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-Mitchell - 3-0
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-James-Mitchell - 0-3
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 401 straight games.
The last time UNI failed to make a 3-point basket 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.
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