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Panthers Look to Even MVC Mark at Evansville
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 01/28/2013

UNI at Evansville
Site: Evansville, Ind.
Venue: Ford Center
Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Internet: UNIPanthers.com
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com

• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (11-10 overall, 4-5 MVC) will look to even its mark in the Missouri Valley Conference as the Panthers travel to Evansville Tuesday.
• The Panthers and Purple Aces (12-9, 5-4 MVC) will tip at 7 p.m. in the Ford Center.
• UNI is the top-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference at 75.8 percent.
• UNI ranks No. 11 in the country in team FT%.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen is shooting 48.6 percent from 3-point land on the season, which ranks him No. 4 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage.
• Sonnen has been unconscious from 3-point land in his last 14 games. He has made 38 of his last 66 3-point shots (57.6 percent).
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 140-81 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 70-47 (.598 winning percentage) in MVC play over that time as well.
• 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 senior class has combined to start 212 games - Jake Koch (87), Anthony James (71), Marc Sonnen (42), Austin Pehl (12).
• 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.

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.

EVANSVILLE PURPLE ACES
Evansville (12-9 overall, 5-4 MVC) is in fourth place in the league standings - one game in front of UNI.
    The Purple Aces are 10-2 at home this season, including 4-0 against MVC foes in the Ford Center.
    The Purple Aces are led in scoring by Colt Ryan (17.2 ppg) and Ned Cox (11.1 ppg).
    Evansville scored a 62-59 win over the UNI Panthers on Jan. 9 in the McLeod Center.
    UNI overcame a 14-point second-half deficit in that contest only to see the Purple Aces rally in the closing seconds to take the victory.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Evansville holds a 22-19 lead in the all-time series. The Purple Aces have won the last four meetings between the two schools.
    UNI’s last victory at Evansville came in the 2008-09 season when the Panthers tallied a 58-47 win on Jan. 13, 2009.

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 six straight games in the state of Indiana.

IN THE POWER RATINGS
UNI is ranked No. 67 in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.
    The Panthers are ranked No. 68 in Ken Pomeroy College Basketball ratings.
    UNI is ranked No. 71 in the Jeff Sagarin ratings.

PANTHERS TOP FT SHOOTERS IN MVC
UNI is the top-ranked free throw shooting in team in the Missouri Valley Conference at 75.8 percent.
    UNI is ranked No. 11 in the nation in team free throw percentage.

RANKED FOES
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 56.2 points per game in each of its 10 losses.

SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 4 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 48.6 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).

Player, School    3s/Game    Pct.
Ian Clark, Belmont    3.4    .511
Nik Stauskas, Michigan    2.6    .490
Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis    3.7    .486
Marc Sonnen, UNI    2.5    .486
Jeff Elorriaga, Boise State    3.3    .483

SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals (52).
    His 52 made 3-pointers rank him No. 43 in the country. Sonnen leads the Missouri Valley Conference in 3-pointers made (52).
    Sonnen has drained 157 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him tied for No. 5 on UNI’s all-time list with Robbie Sieverding (1999-2002, 157 3-pointers).

SONNEN ACCURATE FROM LONG-RANGE AS WELL
    Over Marc Sonnen’s last 14 games, he is shooting 57.6 percent from 3-point range (38-of-66).
    Sonnen moved up to No. 3 all-time on UNI’s 3-point field goal percentage list vs. Indiana State. Sonnen has drained 42.0 percent of his career three-pointers.

JAMES MOVES UP SCORING LIST
Following his 15-point scoring effort at Indiana State (1/26), Anthony James moved up to No. 24 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
    James has posted 1,110 career points for the Panthers heading into Tuesday’s game at Evansville.
    Against Indiana State, James surpassed Norm Jesperson (1947-49, 1,099 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
Ben Jacobson (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.)    1,110 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 61.3 percent through 55 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 56.6 percent (82-of-145) 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 12.7 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 ZEROING IN ON THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior forward Jake Koch is zeroing in on becoming the 36th member of UNI’s 1,000-Point Club. Koch has tallied 954 career points heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Evansville.
    Jake’s older brother, Adam, recorded 1,186 career points to rank No. 17 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.

KOCH JOINS ELITE MVC STATUS
Senior forward Jake Koch is just 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 954 points, 576 rebounds, 114 made 3-pointers, 231 assists, 106 blocks and 102 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 (133), steals (27), blocks (27) and free throws made (71). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (10.3 ppg).

KOCH DRAINS ‘EM FROM THE LINE
Senior Jake Koch currently ranks No. 7 on the Panthers’ all-time free throw percentage list. Koch has made 290-of-360 career free throws for a mark of 80.6 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 954 points and 576 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)    954/576

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 10-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
    UNI is 7-0 when it out-rebounds the opposition.
    UNI is 11-2 when it leads at the half. UNI’s only two losses this season when leading at the half have come against Memphis (11/24) and at Indiana State (1/26).

SENIORITY
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 215 games.
    Jake Koch has started 88 games, while Anthony James has started 72 contests. Marc Sonnen had 43 career starts and Austin Pehl has 12 career starts.

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 - 5-9
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 414 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 629; Illinois State - 419).
    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.

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
Bradley    12-4
Creighton    5-9
Drake    8-6
Evansville    8-5
Illinois State    11-5
Indiana State    7-8
Missouri State    8-4
Southern Illinois    11-3
Wichita State    7-7

MITCHELL IS ON POINT
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell led the Panthers in scoring (20 pts) in UNI’s 85-55 win over Drake. It marked the third 20-plus scoring effort of Mitchell’s career.
    Mitchell has also scored 18 or more points on five 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 leads the Panthers in assists on the season with 68.

TICKET INFORMATION
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.

FOLLOW THE PANTHERS ON
FACEBOOK, TWITTER & YOUTUBE
Fans of UNI Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will have access to updates, score recaps and special announcements.
    UNI Athletics on Facebook will give fans the chance to connect with other Panther fans, as well as providing information on upcoming events. Followers on Twitter will be able to access news about the Panthers on their computer or mobile device. Followers on YouTube will be able to access game highlights and press conference footage.

FACEBOOK
www.facebook.com/UNIAthletics

TWITTER
www.twitter.com/UNIAthletics

YOUTUBE
www.youtube.com/UNIAthletics


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