Men's Basketball
UNI to Open MVC Play at Wichita State on Sunday
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 12/26/2012

UNI at Wichita State
Site: Wichita, Kan.
Venue: Koch Arena
Date: Dec. 30, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. (CT)
TV: MVC TV
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: goshockers.com

• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (7-5 overall) will open up Missouri Valley Conference play by visiting Koch Arena and taking on the Wichita State Shockers (11-1 overall) on Sunday at 5 p.m.
• UNI owns a 25-20 lead in the all-time series vs. Wichita State.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson is the dean of head coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference. Jacobson is in his seventh season at UNI and has compiled a mark of 66-42 (.611 winning percentage) in MVC play over the previous six seasons.
• Senior guard Anthony James is closing in on becoming the Panthers’ next 1,000-point career scorer. James has tallied 980 points heading into Sunday’s game at Wichita State.
• Senior forward Jake Koch has tallied 861 points and 524 rebounds in his Panther career. Koch is one of 23 players all-time at UNI to reach both the 500-point and 500-rebound marks.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals with 31 through the Panthers’ first 12 games. Sonnen is tied for 9th all-time at UNI with 136 made 3-pointers. Sonnen ranks No. 29 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (43.7 percent).
• UNI has matched up against a trio of top-25 opponents this season in No. 2 Louisville, No. 19 Memphis and No. 21 UNLV.
• UNI’s 11-game home-court winning streak ranks as the 17th-best mark in the nation. It’s the second-longest streak (21 from  2009-2010) in the McLeod Center since the arena opened in 2006.

RADIO INFORMATION
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.

TELEVISION INFORMATION
Sunday’s game between UNI and Wichita State will be shown live on the Missouri Valley Conference Television Network (MVC TV).
    The telecast will be cleared live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City (combined 5.9 million homes), FOX College Sports Central (56 million digital homes), Comcast SportsNet Chicago (4.9 million homes), ESPN3 (outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748).
    John Rooney (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (analyst) will call the action courtside at Koch Arena.

WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS
Wichita State posted an 11-1 mark in non-conference play. The Shockers’ only loss came at Tennessee on Dec. 13, 69-60.
    The Shockers were ranked as high as No. 23 in the Associated Press poll earlier this season.

14 IN A ROW AT HOME FOR WSU
Wichita State has won 14 straight home games heading into Sunday’s game vs. UNI. The Shockers’ win streak ranks as the 11th-best active home-court win streak in the nation.
    Earlier this season, UNI snapped George Mason’s 14-game home-court win streak with an 82-77 overtime victory over the Patriots (12/8) in Fairfax, Va.

ALL-TIME SERIES
UNI owns a 25-20 lead in the all-time series vs. Wichita State. Head coach Ben Jacobson is 3-3 in the six games he has coached at Koch Arena.

COMMON THREAD
Both Wichita State and UNI played Northern Colorado and Iowa this season.
    Wichita State defeated both Northern Colorado (80-54) and Iowa (75-63), while UNI downed Northern Colorado (76-59) but fell to Iowa (80-73).

MVC OPENERS UNDER COACH JAKE
The Panthers are 3-3 in MVC openers under head coach Ben Jacobson.
    UNI is 2-1 on the road in league openers under Coach Jake with wins at Bradley (2007-08) and at Creighton (2009-10).

80 AND UP FOR UNI
UNI reached the 80-point mark for the fourth time this season its 82-75 win over Saint Mary’s (12/23).
    UNI is 22-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under coach Jacobson. The Panthers have won 17 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.
   
UNI SCORING 80+IN JACOBSON ERA
Date    Opponent     Results
12/23/12    Saint Mary’s    W, 82-75
12/8/12    at George Mason    W, 82-77 (OT)
11/14/12    Toledo    W, 84-81 (OT)
11/10/12    Wartburg    W, 103-50
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

11 STRAIGHT HOME WINS
UNI’s 11-game home court win streak ranks as the 17th-best active home-court win streak in the nation.
    UNI is 6-0 at home this season and closed the 2011-12 season with five consecutive wins.
    UNI’s 11 straight home wins is the second-longest streak in the McLeod Center behind a 21-game win streak from Feb. 28, 2009-Dec. 19, 2010 (a stretch that included parts of three seasons).

NON-CONF HOME-COURT SUCCESS
UNI has posted a mark of 38-7 (.844) vs. non-conference competition since the McLeod Center opened in November 2006.
    UNI is 6-0 at home this season against non-conference opponents. UNI posted a 6-1 mark last season in the McLeod Center during its non-conference home schedule.

NO. 26 IN THE NATION IN FT%
UNI ranks No. 26 in the nation in free throw percentage (75.5 percent) through the first 12 games of the season.
    UNI is the top free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
   
CLUTCH IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES
Senior Jake Koch (16-of-17) and sophomore Seth Tuttle (15-of-17) have been clutch at the free throw line in the final five minutes of games.

UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 81.6 points per game in each of its seven wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 55.0 points per game in each of its five losses.

MITCHELL IS ON POINT
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell leads the Panthers in scoring at 12.4 points per game.
    He has scored 18 or more points on four occasions this season, including a career-high 27 points in an overtime win over Toledo (11/14).
    Mitchell led the Panthers with 23 points against Iowa (12/15) in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic in Des Moines. It marked the second 20-point game of Mitchell’s UNI career.
    Mitchell also leads the Panthers in assists (3.4 apg).

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 980 points heading into Sunday’s game at Wichita State.
    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 31 through the Panthers’ first 12 games.
    Sonnen has drained 136 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks tied for ninth on the Panthers’ all-time list. Sonnen is currently tied with Jason Daisy (1993-97).
    Sonnen surpassed Dale Turner (1989-92), who had made 134 career three-pointers.

SONNEN ACCURATE FROM LONG-RANGE AS WELL
Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 29 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage shooting at 43.7 percent.
    Over Sonnen’s last five games, he is shooting 56.7 percent from 3-point range (17-of-30).

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 (81), blocks (19) and free throws made (52). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (10.3 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 271-of-334 career free throws for a mark of 81.1 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 61.9 percent through 46 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 53.9 percent (41-of-76) this season, after blistering the nets last season at 65.2 percent (118-of-181).

THREE STARTING LINEUPS
UNI has used three different starting lineups this season.

UNI STARTING LINEUPS - RECORD
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-James - 2-0
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-Mitchell - 3-0
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-James-Mitchell - 2-5

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 405 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.

SINGLETON HITTING THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS HARDS
Sophomore forward Marvin Singleton ranks fourth on the squad with nine offensive rebounds throught the first 12 games.
HOP ON THE BUSS
Through 12 games, sophomore forward Nate Buss leads the Panthers in field goal percentage (62.7 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (56.3 percent).

500 REBOUNDS, 500 POINTS FOR KOCH
Senior forward Jake Koch recorded his 500th career rebound in UNI’s 82-77 overtime win at George Mason (12/8).
    Koch has tallied 861 points and 524 rebounds in his Panther career. Koch is one of 23 players all-time at UNI to reach both the 500-point and 500-rebound marks.

Name (Years)    Pts./Rbs.
Del Nicklaus (1954-57)     604/611
Ron La Frentz (1957-60)     723/551
Jim Jackson (1959-60)     891/1,097
Pete Spoden (1959-63)     1,239/1,104
Craig Kneppe (1963-66)     1,200/685
Ken Huelman (1966-69)     1,275/818
John Martin (1967-70)     1,027/571
Randy Beilke (1971-73)     729/752
Darrell Timion (1971-73)     722/586
Bill Runchey (1973-76)     830/534
Randy Podhaski (1974-77)    831/510
Ron Lemons (1975-79)     1,476/760
Bill Jones (1978-81)     915/574
Jason Reese (1986-90)     2,033/773
Troy Muilenburg (1987-91)    1,251/599
Joe Breakenridge (1997-01)    956/766
David Gruber (2001-04)     1,116/625
Grant Stout (2003-07)     1,232/920
Eric Coleman (2004-08)     1,522/997
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10)    1,066/656
Adam Koch (2006-10)     1,186/596
Lucas O’Rear (2007-11)     529/517
Jake Koch (2009-present)    861/524

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

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