UNI at Illinois State
Site: Normal, Ill.
Venue: Redbird Arena
Date: Jan. 5, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
TV: Mediacom (tape delay)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (7-7 overall, 0-2 MVC) will look to snap its two-game losing skid when the Panthers travel to Illinois State (9-5 overall, 0-2 MVC) on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip at Redbird Arena.
• Illinois State leads the all-time series, 35-26. However, UNI is 6-3 in its last nine games at Redbird Arena.
• 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 66-44 (.600 winning percentage) in MVC play over that time.
• Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Indiana State on Wednesday. It was Tuttle’s sixth career double-double.
• Senior guard Anthony James is closing in on becoming the Panthers’ next 1,000-point career scorer. James has tallied 997 points heading into Saturday’s game at Illinois State.
• Senior forward Jake Koch has tallied 876 points and 532 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 32 through the Panthers’ first 14 games. Sonnen ranks No. 9 all-time at UNI with 137 made 3-pointers.
• 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 has made at least one 3-pointer in 407 straight games.
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.
Saturday’s game between UNI and Illinois State will be a tape-delayed broadcast on Mediacom Connections Ch. 22.
Nathan Baliva (play-by-play) and Jay Straight (analyst) will call the action.
ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS
Illinois State (9-5 overall, 0-2 MVC) will also be looking for its first league win of the season on Saturday. The Redbirds began conference play with a 77-75 loss at Indiana State and and a 79-72 home setback to Creighton.
The Redbirds are led in scoring by senior Jackie Carmichael (17.3 ppg) and senior Tyler Brown (16.6 ppg). Carmichael is also averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.
Illinois State holds a 35-26 lead in the all-time series vs. UNI. However, UNI has won six of its last nine games in Redbird Arena.
TUTTLE TOPPLES CAREER-HIGH
UNI sophomore forward Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 24 points vs. Indiana State (1/2).
Tuttle reached the 20-point scoring mark for the fourth time in his career.
He also recorded his sixth career double-double with 10 rebounds against the Sycamores.
Tuttle drained 9-of-14 shots from the floor, including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the 3-point arc vs. the Sycamores.
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle is UNI’s career leader in field goal percentage at 61.9 percent through 48 career games.
Tuttle is shooting 55.4 percent (51-of-92) this season, after blistering the nets last season at 65.2 percent (118-of-181).
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 997 points heading into Saturday’s game at Illinois State.
UNI has 34 all-time 1,000-point scorers in the history of its program.
.500 THIS LATE IN THE SEASON
The last time UNI was at a .500 winning percentage after league play began came in the 2008-09 season.
UNI was 6-6 following an 85-84 double-overtime loss at home to Indiana State. UNI then won 11 straight games and eventually a share of the MVC regular season title. UNI won the MVC Tournament championship that season with a 60-57 overtime win over Illinois State. UNI took part in the 2009 NCAA Tournament with a first-round matchup against the Purdue Boilermakers.
UNI finished the 2008-09 season with a mark of 23-11 overall and 14-4 in the MVC.
0-2 START IN MVC PLAY
UNI is off to an 0-2 start in Missouri Valley Conference play for the third straight season. UNI has started 0-2 in league play nine times since joining the MVC in the 1991-92 season.
UNI’s 0-2 Starts in MVC Play
Year Start Finish
1994-95 0-5 4-14 (T-9th)
1995-96 0-2 8-10 (T-7th)
1997-98 0-3 4-14 (9th)
1998-99 0-3 6-12 (T-8th)
2000-01 0-7 3-15 (10th)
2002-03 0-2 7-11 (7th)
2010-11 0-2 10-8 (T-4th)
2011-12 0-2 9-9 (T-3rd)
2012-13 0-2 ---
UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 81.6 points per game in each of its seven wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 53.9 points per game in each of its seven losses.
NO. 23 IN THE NATION IN FT%
UNI ranks No. 23 in the nation in free throw percentage (74.8 percent) through the first 14 games of the season.
UNI is the No. 2-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference, trailing Creighton (75.9 percent).
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.
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell is shooting 81.8 percent from the field (9-of-11) in the final five minutes of games.
UNI’s bench is contributing 16.8 points per game this season.
Sophomore Nate Buss has scored a team-high 79 points off the bench, followed by junior forward Chip Rank with 53 points.
SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals with 32 through the Panthers’ first 14 games.
Sonnen has drained 137 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 9 on the Panthers’ all-time list.
Sonnen needs seven more 3-pointers to catch No. 8 Chris Foster (2000-05) with 144 career 3-pointers.
SONNEN ACCURATE FROM LONG-RANGE AS WELL
Over Marc Sonnen’s last seven games, he is shooting 51.4 percent from 3-point range (18-of-35).
MITCHELL IS ON POINT
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell leads the Panthers in scoring at 11.2 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 (3.1 apg).
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 (89), blocks (19) and free throws made (55). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (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 274-of-337 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).
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 876 points and 532 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) 876/532
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 - 2-7
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 407 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.
UNI IS 22-3 IN PSN BROADCASTS
UNI is 22-3 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 mark of 7-1 in the 2010-11 season. UNI tallied a perfect mark of 8-0 in the 2009-10 season 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
1/2/13 Indiana State L, 65-61 PSN
12/1/12 Milwaukee W, 72-61 PSN
11/17/12 North Dakota W, 72-47 PSN
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
HOME WIN STREAK STOPPED AT 11
Indiana State ended UNI’s second-longest home-court winning streak in the McLeod Center with a 65-61 win over the Panthers (1/2).
UNI set its 21-game home-court winning streak was set from Feb. 28, 2009-Dec. 19, 2010 (a stretch that included parts of three seasons).
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