UNI at Indiana State
Site: Terre Haute, Ind.
Venue: Hulman Center
Date: Jan. 26, 2013
Time: Noon (CT)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (11-9 overall, 4-4 MVC) will take a two-game road swing to Indiana State on Saturday and Evansville on Tuesday.
• UNI and Indiana State (12-7, 5-3 MVC) will tip at Noon (CT) on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
• UNI will stay on the road and compete againstEvansville (12-8, 5-3 MVC) on Tuesday in Evansville, Ind., with a 7 p.m. tip.
• UNI is ranked No. 87 in the latest RealTime RPI. UNI’s strength of schedule ranks No. 16 in the nation.
• UNI ranks No. 10 in the nation in free throw percentage (76.3 percent). UNI is the top-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 140-80 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 70-46 (.603 winning percentage) in MVC play over that time as well.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen has been unconscious from 3-point land in his last 13 games. He has made 37 of his last 65 3-point shots (56.9 percent).
• Sonnen is shooting 48.1 percent from 3-point land on the season to rank No. 7 in the nation.
• UNI won its third straight home game against MVC competition by a double-figure margin for the first time in the history of the McLeod Center. UNI has defeated Bradley (84-53), Drake (85-55) and Southern Illinois (58-45).
• 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.
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.
INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES
Indiana State (12-7 overall, 5-3 MVC) is tied for third in the league standings. The Sycamores are 7-1 at home this season, including 4-0 against MVC foes in the Hulman Center.
The Sycamores are led in scoring by Jake Odum (13.9 ppg) and Manny Arop (13.2 ppg).
Indiana State scored a 65-61 win over the UNI Panthers on Jan. 2 in the McLeod Center.
Indiana State holds a 24-21 lead in the all-time series. The Sycamores have won the last two meetings against the Panthers in Terre Haute, Ind.
HOOSIER STATE DROUGHT
UNI’s last win in the state of Indiana came on Jan. 24, 2010, when the Panthers scored a 67-58 win over the Indiana State Sycamores in the Hulman Center.
Since that win, UNI has lost five straight games in the state of Indiana.
UNI is ranked No. 87 in the latest RealTime RPI. UNI’s strength of schedule ranks No. 16 in the country.
NO. 12 IN THE NATION IN FT%
UNI ranks No. 12 in the nation in free throw percentage (75.7 percent) through the first 20 games of the season.
UNI is the top-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
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.
UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 78.9 points per game in each of its 11 wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 56.0 points per game in each of its nine losses.
YOU CAN CALL IT A COMEBACK
UNI has won 11 games this season with seven of those involving a come-from-behind effort to do so.
Most of the Panthers’s come-from-behind work has occurred in the first half. UNI has two second-half rallies for wins this season - Milwaukee and George Mason.
UNI overcame a 14-point margin vs. Evansville (Jan. 9) and took a two-point lead in the final minute, 59-57. However the Panthers eventually lost to the Purple Aces, 65-61.
Opponent Lead Overcome
Toledo Trailed by 5 - 15:18 (1st)
Milwaukee Trailed by 5 - 15:03 (2nd)
George Mason Trailed by 3 - 16:16 (2nd)
Saint Mary’s Trailed by 5 - 18:06 (1st)
Illinois State Trailed by 2 - 12:17 (1st)
Drake Trailed by 4 - 11:49 (1st)
Southern Illinois Trailed by 2 - 19:08 (1st)
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 10-0 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
UNI is 7-0 when it out-rebounds the opposition.
UNI is 11-1 when it leads at the half. UNI’s only loss this season when leading at the half came vs. Memphis (11/24).
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 212 games.
Jake Koch has started 87 games, while Anthony James has started 71 contests. Marc Sonnen had 42 career starts and Austin Pehl has 12 career starts.
SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 7 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 48.1 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).
Player, School 3s/Game Pct.
Darien Brothers, Richmond 2.9 .509
Malcolm Miller, Southern 2.9 .504
Nik Stauskas, Michigan 2.6 .495
Ian Clark, Belmont 3.5 .493
Jeff Elorriaga, Boise State 3.3 .483
Marc Sonnen, UNI 2.6 .481
SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals (51).
His 51 made 3-pointers rank him No. 33 in the country. Sonnen leads the Missouri Valley Conference in 3-pointers made (51).
Sonnen has drained 156 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 6 on the Panthers’ all-time list.
Sonnen surpassed Ali Farokhmanesh 2008-10 - 152 made 3-pointers) on the Panthers’ all-time made 3-pointers list by making five 3-pointers against Southern Illinois (1/23).
SONNEN ACCURATE FROM LONG-RANGE AS WELL
Over Marc Sonnen’s last 13 games, he is shooting 56.9 percent from 3-point range (37-of-65).
Sonnen moved up to No. 3 all-time on UNI’s 3-point field goal percentage list vs. Southern Illinois. Sonnen has drained 42.0 percent of his career three-pointers.
JAMES MOVES UP SCORING LIST
Following his 14-point scoring effort vs. Southern Illinois (1/23), Anthony James moved up to No. 25 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
James has posted 1,091 career points for the Panthers heading into Saturday’s game at Indiana State.
Against Southern Illinois, James surpassed Darian DeVries (1995-98, 1,084 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.) 1,095 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 61.6 percent through 54 career games.
Tuttle is shooting 56.9 percent (78-of-137) 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 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in December-January. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the month of November.
KOCH JOINS ELITE MVC STATUS
Senior forward Jake Koch is ust the second player in the 106-year history of the Missouri Valley Conference to tally 500 points, 500 rebounds, 100 made 3-pointers, 100 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals.
Kyle Weems (Missouri State) was previously the only player in MVC history to accomplish the feat.
Koch has tallied 941 points, 572 rebounds, 110 made 3-pointers, 240 assists, 105 blocks and 100 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 (129), steals (25), blocks (26) and free throws made (70). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (10.2 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 289-of-357 career free throws for a mark of 81.0 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 941 points and 572 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) 941/572
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 - 5-8
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 413 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 628; Illinois State - 418).
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.
WINNING TRADITION AT MCLEOD
UNI has posted an all-time mark of 80-24 (.769) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
UNI is 9-2 at home this season.
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.
FEWEST POINTS IN A WIN THIS YEAR
UNI’s 58-45 win over Southern Illinois (1/23) was the lowest point total in a Panther victory this season.
The previous low in a victory came in a 70-60 win at Illinois State (1/5).
Prior to UNI’s win over Southern Illinois, the Panthers had been 0-8 when scoring less than 70 points this season.
FEASTING ON THE LAND OF LINCOLN
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has taken advantage of the three schools representing the state of Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Coach Jake has an overall mark of 34-12 vs. Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Bradley.
Coach Jake is 19-1 all-time in the McLeod Center against Southern Illinois (7-0), Illinois State (6-0) and Bradley (6-1).
Coach Jake Overall vs. The Valley
Illinois State 11-5
Indiana State 7-7
Missouri State 8-4
Southern Illinois 11-3
Wichita State 7-7
THE UNDER 50 CLUB
When the UNI Panthers held the Southern Illinois Salukis to 45 points in the Panthers’ win on Jan. 23, 2013, it marked the 28th time in the Ben Jacobson head coaching era that the Panthers had held a team under 50 points. UNI is 27-1 in those contests.
OPP. HELD UNDER 50 PTS IN JACOBSON COACHING ERA
Date Opponent Results
1/23/13 Southern Illinois W, 58-45
11/17/12 North Dakota W, 72-47
1/31/12 Southern Illinois W, 58-49
1/4/12 Indiana State W, 65-48
12/19/11 Loras W, 84-48
11/22/11 Western Carolina W, 59-39
11/12/11 Old Dominion W, 63-46
1/22/11 Drake W, 69-49
1/12/11 at Illinois State W, 46-44
12/19/10 vs. SIU Edwardsville W, 68-47
11/16/10 vs. Coe W, 84-45
3/6/10 vs. Bradley W, 57-40
3/5/10 vs. Drake W, 55-40
2/10/10 at Drake W, 57-48
1/16/10 vs. Indiana State W, 62-40
1/9/10 at Illinois State W, 59-44
1/6/10 at Southern Illinois W, 61-49
1/1/10 vs. Evansville W, 65-46
12/19/09 at North Dakota W, 64-41
11/28/09 vs. Northern Illinois W, 52-45
2/18/09 vs. Drake L, 47-46
12/6 /08 vs. North Dakota W, 69-49
3/7/08 vs. Southern Illinois W, 54-49
12/29/07 at Bradley W, 59-46
12/15/07 vs. Wartburg W, 99-48
11/27/07 at Iowa State W, 61-48
11/9/07 vs. Northern Illinois W, 75-45
12/2/06 at Bucknell W, 57-48
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.
Single-game tickets are $20.
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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