Drake at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Jan. 20, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (9-9 overall, 2-4 MVC) will return home to the McLeod Center for an intra-state matchup with the Drake Bulldogs (8-9 overall, 2-4 MVC) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
• UNI holds a 36-24 lead in the all-time series vs. Drake.
• UNI has won six of the last seven meetings between the two schools.
• Drake is 3-3 all-time in the McLeod Center, but the Bulldogs have lost three straight times in Cedar Falls.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 138-80 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 68-46 (.596 winning percentage) in MVC play over that time as well.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen is UNI’s leader in made three-point field goals with 44. Sonnen would be ranked No. 13 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (46.3 percent) in Friday’s NCAA statistics release (if he qualified under the NCAA minimum standard of 2.5 made 3-pointers per games played).
• Over Sonnen’s last 11 games, he is shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range (30-of-54).
• Senior guard Anthony James ranks No. 26 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,071 points. On Tuesday, James surpassed Johnny Moran (2008-12 - 1,048 pts) and Jordan Eglseder (2006-10 - 1,066 pts).
• UNI has matched up against four top-25 opponents this season in No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Creighton. No. 19 Memphis and No. 21 UNLV.
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.
Sunday’s game between UNI and Drake will be shown live at 2 p.m. exclusively on ESPN3 (79 million unique users nationally and 21 million unique users on college campuses and military bases).
Scott Warmann (play-by-play) and Mac McCausland (analyst) will call the action.
Drake lost its first four Missouri Valley Conference games of the season, but has bounced back to win its last two in a row.
Drake posted an 82-77 win at Illinois State (Jan. 12) and an 83-69 victory over Evansville (Jan. 16).
The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Ben Simons (14.7 ppg), Chris Hines (10.3 ppg) and Seth VanDeest (10.2 ppg). Jordan Clarke is averaging 8.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs have scored 1,249 points this season and have given up 1,249 points this season heading into Sunday’s game vs. UNI.
UNI holds a 36-24 lead in the all-time series vs. Drake. UNI has won six of the last seven meetings between the two schools.
Drake is 3-3 all-time in the McLeod Center, but the Bulldogs have lost three straight games in Cedar Falls.
At halftime of Sunday’s game, the Big Four intra-mural three-point shootout champion will be crowned. Participants from UNI, Drake, Iowa and Iowa State will take part.
WE’VE GOT THAT IN COMMON
UNI and Drake each played host to Saint Mary’s this season with different outcomes.
UNI scored an 82-75 victory over the Gaels in the McLeod Center (Dec. 23). Drake dropped an 88-73 decision to the Gaels in the Knapp Center (Dec. 5).
UNI has matched up against four top-25 opponents this season in No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Creighton. No. 19 Memphis and No. 21 UNLV.
WINNING TRADITION AT MCLEOD
UNI has posted an all-time mark of 78-24 (.765) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
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.
UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 80.6 points per game in each of its nine wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 56.0 points per game in each of its nine losses.
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 206 games.
Jake Koch has started 85 games, while Anthony James has started 69 contests. Marc Sonnen had 40 career starts and Austin Pehl has 12 career starts.
SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals with 44 through the Panthers’ first 18 games.
Sonnen has drained 149 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 7 on the Panthers’ all-time list.
SONNEN ACCURATE FROM LONG-RANGE AS WELL
Over Marc Sonnen’s last 11 games, he is shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range (30-of-54).
Sonnen moved up to No. 4 all-time on UNI’s 3-point field goal percentage list vs. Creighton. Sonnen has drained 41.4 percent of his career three-pointers.
MITCHELL IS ON POINT
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell leads the Panthers in assists on the season with 58.
Mitchell has also 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.
JAMES MOVES UP SCORING LIST
Following his 25-point scoring effort vs. Creighton, Anthony James moved up to No. 26 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,071 points.
Against Creighton, he surpassed Johnny Moran (2008-12, 1,048 pts) and Jordan Eglseder (2006-10, 1,066 pts) on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
10TH 1,000-POINT PLAYER SINCE 2001
Anthony James is the 10th UNI player to join the school’s 1,000-Point Club since Ben Jacobson joined the coaching staff in 2001.
1,000-Point Scorers Since 2001
(2003-06) 1,787 pts.
Eric Coleman (2005-08) 1,522 pts.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11) 1,329 pts.
Grant Stout (2004-07) 1,232 pts.
Adam Koch (2006-10) 1,186 pts.
David Gruber (2002-04) 1,116 pts.
Anthony James (2008-pres.) 1,071 pts.
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10) 1,066 pts.
Johnny Moran (2008-12) 1,048 pts.
Chris Foster (2000-05) 1,027 pts.
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle is UNI’s career leader in field goal percentage at 62.2 percent through 52 career games.
Tuttle is shooting 57.7 percent (71-of-123) this season, after blistering the nets last season at 65.2 percent (118-of-181).
STEPPIN’ UP HIS PLAY
Seth Tuttle has stepped up his play in December and January after a slow start in November.
Tuttle has nearly doubled his per game scoring output over the past two months.
Tuttle is averaging a team-leading 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in December-January. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the month of November.
KOCH NEARING MILESTONES
Senior forward Jake Koch is closing in on a milestone number that would put him in an elite class in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Only one player in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference has tallied 500 points, 500 rebounds, 100 made 3-pointers, 100 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals - Kyle Weems (Missouri State).
Koch has 918 points, 558 rebounds, 110 made 3-pointers, 224 assists, 101 blocks and 98 steals.
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 (115), steals (23), blocks (22) and free throws made (67). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (10.1 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 286-of-352 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 918 points and 558 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) 918/558
FOUR STARTING LINEUPS
UNI has used four 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 - 3-8
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 411 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 627; Illinois State - 417).
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.
NO. 22 IN THE NATION IN FT%
UNI ranks No. 22 in the nation in free throw percentage (75.5 percent) through the first 17 games of the season.
UNI is the No. 2-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference, trailing Creighton (75.6 percent).
COACH JAKE FARES WELL VS
THE VALLEY’S TRIO FROM ILLINOIS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has taken advantage of the three schools in Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference. Coach Jake has a mark of 33-12 vs. Bradley, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.
Coach Jake vs. The Valley
Illinois State 11-5
Indiana State 7-7
Missouri State 8-4
Southern Illinois 10-3
Wichita State 7-7
80 AND UP FOR UNI
UNI reached the 80-point mark for the fifth time this season its 84-53 win over Bradley (1/12).
UNI is 23-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under coach Jacobson. The Panthers have won 18 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.
UNI SCORING 80+IN JACOBSON ERA
Date Opponent Results
1/12/13 Bradley W, 84-53
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
12/3/11 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
Full-season ticket packages are available to see the Panther men’s basketball team in action at the McLeod Center. A total of 18 home games are on tap in 2012-2013.
Contact UNITix at 319-273-4849 for more information.
ARCH MADNESS TICKETS
All-session tickets to the 2013 Arch Madness State Farm Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis next March are on sale now.
All-session tickets are $155 and $130 each in the lower bowl and $115 in the upper bowl at Scottrade Center and are good for all nine games of the tournament, slated for March 7-10. Tickets can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, online and at Ticketmaster outlets in the St. Louis region or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. There will be an additional service fee per ticket.
Fans and alumni of Valley schools can also contact their institution’s ticket office to inquire about priority seating within that school’s section.
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