Men's Basketball
Panthers, Bears Set to Collide Tuesday on ESPN3
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 02/04/2013

Missouri State at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
TV: ESPN3
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Internet: UNIPanthers.com
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
Tickets: $5
Call 319-273-4849

• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (12-11 overall, 5-6 MVC) will match up for the first time this season with the Missouri State Bears (7-16 overall, 5-6 MVC). The game will tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the McLeod Center on ESPN3.
• UNI and Missouri State have played one-point games in four of the last five matchups between the two teams.
• UNI will offer $5 tickets for any unsold inventory of men’s basketball tickets for three upcoming games on the Panthers’ schedule. The $5 ticket offer will be good for Missouri State (Feb. 5), BracketBuster opponent (Feb. 22 or Feb. 23) and Illinois State (March 2).
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen is shooting 48.3 percent from 3-point land on the season, which ranks him No. 3 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage.
• Sonnen has been unconscious from 3-point land in his last 16 games. He has made 44 of his last 79 3-point shots (55.7 percent).
• Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell is showing improvement and the numbers simply don’t lie. Mitchell has 74 assists to go against 55 turnovers; last season Mitchell had 57 assists and 74 turnovers. Mitchell is shooting 46.6 percent in 2012-13 after shooting 39.9 percent as a freshman
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 141-82 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 71-48 (.597 winning percentage) in MVC regular season play over that time as well.

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
Tuesday’s game between UNI and Missouri State will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
    Tom Ackerman (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe  (analyst) will call the action.

MISSOURI STATE BEARS
Missouri State (7-16 overall, 5-6 MVC) will come into the McLeod Center on Tuesday having won two of its last three league contests.
    The Bears scored a 78-72 win over Drake in Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 27. The Bears then fell at Creighton, 91-77. But the Bears bounced right back and scored a 62-61 win over Evansville at JQH Arena on Saturday.
    Missouri State posted a 2-10 non-conference record but then won three of its first four MVC games. A four-game slide ensued before winning two of their last three contests.
    The Bears are led in scoring this season by Anthony Downing (14.2 ppg) and Marcus Marshall (10.0 ppg).

ALL-TIME SERIES
Missouri State holds a 40-23 lead in the all-time series vs. the UNI Panthers.
    UNI has won six of the last eight meetings between the two schools.
    Missouri State is 2-4 all-time in the McLeod Center.

FOOD DRIVE - BEAT THE BEARS, BEAT HUNGER
UNI Athletics along with UNI-STAT (Student Today, Alumni Tomorrow) is conducting a food drive, and asking all fans to bring a non-perishable food item to Tuesday’s UNI men’s basketball game vs. Missouri State.
    Help UNI Beat the Bears and Beat Hunger. Bins will be provided on the concourse to collect the food items.

SEEMS LIKE ANOTHER NAILBITER
UNI and Missouri State have played a one-point game in four of the last five meetings between the two schools.

UNI 55, @MSU 54 - Jan. 30, 2010
MSU 58, @UNI 57 - Dec. 29, 2010
UNI 60, @MSU 59 - Jan. 30, 2011
@UNI 61, MSU 60 - Jan. 13, 2012
@MSU 63, UNI 51 - Jan. 28, 2012

PANTHERS NEARLY BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI and Creighton are virtually tied for the title of best free throw shooting team in the Valley.
    Creighton is shooting .74871 at the charity stripe, while UNI is shooting .74869 from the foul line.
    UNI is ranked No. 22 in the nation in team free throw percentage.

RANKED FOES
UNI has matched up against five top-25 opponents this season in No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Creighton, No. 15 Wichita State, No. 19 Memphis and No. 21 UNLV.
    The Panthers were able to score their first win over a ranked foe this season against No. 15 Wichita State (2/2), 57-52.

DEFENSIVE STAND
Over its last five games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 53.0 points per game. UNI is 3-2 in its last five games.
    The Panthers have kept the opposition to 59 points or less in each of the last five games. The Panthers kept their opponents scoring in check with Drake (55), Southern Illinois (45), Indiana State (59), Evansville (54) and Wichita State (52).
    UNI held Wichita State to the Shockers’ season-low of 52 points. The Shockers have been limited to less than 60 on only four occasions this season.

DEON’S DEVELOPMENT
UNI sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell is having a tremendous season and has the numbers to back it up.
    Mitchell had dished out a team-high 74 assists to go against 55 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
    This season, Mitchell is shooting 46.6 percent from the field. As a freshman, he shot only 39.9 percent from the field.

THREE 20-PLUS NIGHTS FOR MITCHELL
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell leads the squad this season with three 20-plus scoring efforts.
    Mitchell scored 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. Mitchell also scored a team-best 20 points in UNI’s 85-55 win over Drake (1/20).
    Mitchell has scored 18 or more points on five occasions this season.   
    Mitchell leads the Panthers in assists on the season with 74.

UNI’s 20-Plus Scoring Games This Season
Deon Mitchell (3)
Marc Sonnen (2)
Seth Tuttle (2)
Anthony James (1)

Career 20-Plus Point Scoring Games
Anthony James (10)
Jake Koch (4)
Seth Tuttle (4)
Marc Sonnen (3)
Deon Mitchell (3)

SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 3 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 49.1 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).

Player, School    3s/Game    Pct.
Ian Clark, Belmont    3.3    .514
Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis    3.8    .493
Marc Sonnen, UNI    2.5    .483
Nik Stauskas, Michigan    2.5    .482
Malcolm Miller, Southern    2.8    .477

NO. 3 LONG-RANGE BOMBER IN UNI’S HISTORY
Sonnen ranks No. 3 all-time on UNI’s career 3-point field goal percentage list. Sonnen has drained 42.3 percent of his career three-pointers.
    Sonnen trails only Nick Nurse, who shot 46.8 percent (170-363) from 3-point range, during his Panther career from 1986-89, and Cam Johnson (.423 - 130-of-307).
    Nurse is currently the head coach of the Rio Grande Vipers in the NBA’s D-League.

WHAT A SEASON FOR SONNEN
Sonnen’s 48.3 percent shooting from 3-point land currently ranks as the second-best season total in UNI’s history (minimum of 50 made threes).
    Only Nick Nurse’s 1987-88 season, when he drained 49.7 (72-of-145) of his three-point shots, ranks better.

SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is the team’s leader in made three-point field goals (58).
    His 58 made 3-pointers rank him No. 38 in the country. Sonnen leads the Missouri Valley Conference in 3-pointers made (58).

SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 163 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 5 on UNI’s all-time list.
    Current Creighton Bluejays assistant coach Darian DeVries ranks No. 4 on the Panthers’ list with 166 made 3-pointers from 1995-98.

SONNEN’S NUMBERS SOAR OF LATE
    Over Marc Sonnen’s last 16 games, he is shooting 55.7 percent from 3-point range (44-of-79).

SONNEN IN MVC STATS
In 11 MVC games, Sonnen is shooting  55.1 percent (27-of-49) from 3-point land to rank No. 3 in the league.
    Sonnen also ranks No. 8 in the league in overall field goal percentage in MVC games-only at 51.5 percent (35-of-68).
   
JAMES MOVES UP SCORING LIST
Following his 16-point scoring effort vs. Wichita State (2/2), Anthony James moved up to No. 22 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
    James has posted 1,131 career points for the Panthers heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Missouri State.
    Against Wichita State, James surpassed David Gruber (2002-04, 1,116 points) and Rod Underwood (1978-81 - 1,126 points) 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.
Anthony James (2008-pres.)    1,131 pts.
David Gruber (2002-04)    1,116 pts.
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10)    1,066 pts.
Johnny Moran (2008-12)    1,048 pts.
Chris Foster (2000-05)    1,027 pts.

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 967 career points heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Missouri State.
    Jake’s older brother, Adam, recorded 1,186 career points to rank No. 17 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
    Adam is currently playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League.

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 967 points, 587 rebounds, 114 made 3-pointers, 232 assists, 110 blocks and 103 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 (144), steals (28), blocks (31) and free throws made (72). He ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (10.0 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 291-of-362 career free throws for a mark of 80.4 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 967 points and 587 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)    967/587

TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle is UNI’s career leader in field goal percentage at 60.2 percent through 57 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 54.6 percent (89-of-163) 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, January and February after a slow start in November.
    Tuttle has increased his per game scoring output over the past three months.
    Tuttle is averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in December-February. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the month of November.

YOU CAN CALL IT A COMEBACK
UNI has won 12 games this season with eight of those involving a come-from-behind effort to do so.
    Most of UNI’s come-from-behind work has occurred in the first half. UNI has three second-half rallies for wins this season - Milwaukee, George Mason and Wichita State.
    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)
Wichita State    Trailed by 7 - 16:59 (2nd)

TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 11-1 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).

UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 77.1 points per game in each of its 12 wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 55.7 points per game in each of its 11 losses.

SENIOR STARTERS
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 221 games.
    Jake Koch has started 90 games, while Anthony James has started 74 contests. Marc Sonnen had 45 career starts and Austin Pehl has 12 career starts.

UNI GAMES PLAYED CHART
Three of UNI’s seniors will very likely finish their careers among the top 10 in games played at UNI at the conclusion of the season.
    Currently, Marc Sonnen ranks tied for No. 7 in games played (126) and Jake Koch is ranked No. 9 in games played (125). Anthony James has played in 116 games and sits outside the top-10 at this point.

UNI Career Games Played
1.    Johnny Moran (2008-12)    135
2.    Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11)    133
3.    Adam Koch (2006-10)    132
4.    Eric Coleman (2005-08)    128
5.    Grant Stout (2004-07)    127
    Brooks McKowen (2004-07)    127
7.    Kerwin Dunham (2007-11)    126
    Marc Sonnen (2008-present)    126
9.    Jake Koch (2008-present)    125
10.    Ben Jacobson (2003-06)    124
    John Little (2003-06)    124
    Travis Brown (2005-09)    124

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 - 6-10
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 416 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 631; Illinois State - 421).
    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 81-24 (.771) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
    UNI is 10-2 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.

UNI VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
UNI has matched up five times with Top 25 opponents this season in No. 2 Louisville, No. 12 Creighton, No. 15 Wichita State, No. 19 Memphis and No. 21 UNLV.
    UNI is 1-4 this season against ranked foes. The Panthers’ 57-52 win over Wichita State (2/2) was Ben Jacobson’s fourth win as a head coach over a ranked opponent.
    UNI is 10-17 vs. ranked opponents since head coach Ben Jacobson joined the UNI coaching staff in 2001-02.
    Since the 1979-80 season, UNI has compiled a mark of 13-27 record vs. ranked opponents.

UNI vs. Ranked Opponents (since 1979-80)
#15    Wichita State    W, 57-52 (H) - 2/2/13
#12    Creighton    L, 79-68 (A) - 1/15/13
#21    UNLV    L, 73-59 (A) - 12/19/12
#19    Memphis    L, 52-47 (N) - 11/24/12
#2    Louisville    L, 51-46 (N) - 11/22/12
#13    Creighton    W, 65-62 (H) - 2/4/12
#23    Creighton    L, 63-60 (A) - 1/10/12
#10    Syracuse    L, 68-46 (A) - 11/12/10
#13    Michigan State    L, 59-52 (N) - 3/26/10
#1    Kansas    W, 69-67 (N) - 3/20/10
#15    Marquette    L, 73-43 (N) - 11/28/08
#14    Drake    L, 65-55 (H) - 2/16/08
#22    Drake    L, 58-54 (A) - 1/26/08
#11    Nevada    L, 79-64 (A) - 2/17/07
#16    Wichita State    W, 63-59 (A) - 12/30/06
#17    Washington    L, 70-61 (A) - 11/14/06
#23    Georgetown    L, 54-49 (N) - 3/17/06
#24    Bucknell    W, 65-61 (H) - 2/18/06
#12    Iowa    W, 67-63 (H) - 12/6/05
#20    Wisconsin    L, 57-52 (N) - 3/18/05
#17    Iowa    L, 76-73 (A) - 12/7/05
#14    Georgia Tech    L, 65-60 (N) - 3/19/04
#15    Southern Illinois    W, 68-52 (H) - 3/1/04
#20    Creighton    W, 82-73 (H) - 1/14/04
#24     Iowa    W, 77-66 (H) - 12/9/03
#13    Creighton    L, 84-75 (H) - 2/4/03
#11    Iowa    W, 78-76 (H) - 12/4/01
#17    Alabama    L, 64-56 (N) - 12/20/00
#10    Iowa    W, 84-78 (H) - 12/9/97
#12    Iowa    L, 78-73 (H) - 12/5/95
#11    Iowa State    L, 81-62 (H) - 1/25/95
#8    Iowa    L, 64-44 (A) - 12/8/92
#16    Iowa    L, 108-85 (H) - 12/19/91
#20    Minnesota    L, 81-78 (N) - 3/18/90
#11    Missouri    W, 74-71 (N) - 3/16/90
#20    Iowa    W, 77-74 (H) - 1/3/90
#3    Georgetown    L, 83-49 (N) - 12/29/89
#5    Iowa    L, 95-76 (A) - 12/6/88
#14    Missouri    L, 91-62 (A) - 1/12/83
#6    Iowa    L, 84-53 (A) - 12/21/81
#14    Iowa    L, 86-52 (A) - 12/30/80
#20    Iowa    L, 78-46 (A) - 12/6/79

TICKET OFFER FOR UPCOMING
UNI MBB GAMES
The University of Northern Iowa will offer $5 tickets for any unsold inventory of UNI men’s basketball tickets for three upcoming games on the Panthers’ schedule.
    The $5 ticket offer will be good for Missouri State (Feb. 5), BracketBuster opponent (Feb. 22 or Feb. 23) and Illinois State (March 2).
    To take advantage of this ticket offer call the UNI ticket office at 319-273-4849 or go online at www.UNIPanthers.com.

GAME OF RUNS VS. WICHITA STATE
UNI’s 57-52 win over Wichita State (2/2) featured a trio of runs that defined the game.
    UNI trailed 6-0 early, but went on a 12-0 run to take a 12-6 lead with 11:50 left in the first half.
    UNI head a 20-14 lead over the Shockers with 8:29 left in the first half. But WSU went on a 16-3 run to take a 30-23 lead with 16:59 left in the second half.
    UNI took control of the game with a 17-2 that gave the Panthers a 46-36 lead with 7:26 remaining in the game.

30-POINT TURNAROUND
UNI performed a 30-point turnaround in scoring margin against the Wichita State Shockers with its 57-52 win on Feb. 2.
    UNI dropped a 25-point decision (66-41)  at Wichita State to start the MVC season on Dec. 30.

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.

WEEKLY PRESS LUNCHEONS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson or a member of his coaching staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at noon in the back room of Pepper’s Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.

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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