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UNI to Meet Bradley Sunday in Peoria on ESPN3
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Thursday 02/07/2013

UNI at Bradley
Site: Peoria, Ill.
Venue: Carver Arena
Date: Feb. 10, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. (CT)
TV: ESPN3
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Internet: UNIPanthers.com
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com

• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (13-11 overall, 6-6 MVC) will travel to Peoria, Ill., for a Sunday game against the Bradley University Braves (14-10 overall, 6-6 MVC). Tip is set for 2 p.m. in Carver Arena and it will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
• UNI scored an 84-53 win over Bradley when the teams met in the McLeod Center on Jan. 12.
• UNI has won nine of its last 11 games vs. Bradley. UNI has also won four of its last six games in Carver Arena.
• Senior forward Jake Koch is zeroing in on the 1,000 career point mark. Koch has scored 978 points and needs just 22 more points to become the Panthers’ 36th member of the 1,000-point club.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen is shooting 46.8 percent from 3-point land on the season to rank No. 5 in the nation (minimum of 2.5 made 3-pointers/game).
• Sonnen has been unconscious from 3-point land in his last 17 games. He has made 45 of his last 85 3-point shots (52.9 percent).
• Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell is showing improvement and the numbers simply don’t lie. Mitchell has 74 assists to go against 57 turnovers; last season Mitchell had 57 assists and 74 turnovers. Mitchell is shooting 45.8 percent in 2012-13 after shooting 39.9 percent as a freshman.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 142-82 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 72-48 (.600 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
Sunday’s game between UNI and Bradley will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
    Tom Ackerman (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman  (analyst) will call the action.

BRADLEY BRAVES
Bradley (14-10 overall, 6-6 MVC) is tied with UNI in the league standings for fourth place heading into Sunday’s game.
    The Braves are led in scoring by Walt Lemon Jr. (14.9 ppg), Dyricus Simms-Edwards (12.2 ppg) and Tyshon Pickett (11.3 ppg).
    Lemon Jr. has upped his scoring in league games only to 17.4 points per game. Lemon Jr. ranks No. 4 in the league in scoring in MVC games only.
    Bradley is 11-2 at home this season, including a 5-1 mark vs. MVC opponents in Carver Arena.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Bradley holds a 27-21 lead in the all-time series vs. UNI.
    UNI has won four of its last six games in Carver Arena.
    UNI scored an 84-53 win over Bradley (1/12) when the teams met earlier this season in the McLeod Center.

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. Jake’s 12 wins over Bradley are the most vs. any Valley opponent he has faced.
    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    8-6
Illinois State    11-5
Indiana State    7-8
Missouri State    9-4
Southern Illinois    11-3
Wichita State    8-7

UNI SET TO MATCH UP WITH DENVER IN 2013 BRACKETBUSTERS
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will play host to the Denver Pioneers as part of the 2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event. The UNI and Denver game will be played on Sat., Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., in the McLeod Center. The game will be shown on ESPN3.
    Denver is 13-8 overall this season, but has posted an 9-2 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Pioneers have won nine of their last 10 games. Denver is led by sixth-year head coach Joe Scott.
    UNI is ranked No. 94 in the latest NCAA RPI released today. Denver is at 106 in the NCAA’s RPI.
    UNI and Denver have met two times with the Panthers scoring wins in both matchups. UNI scored a 61-56 victory over Denver in the McLeod Center on Nov. 15, 2008. The Panthers also tallied a 71-65 victory in Denver on Nov. 13, 2009.
    This will mark the ninth TV appearance for UNI in the BracketBusters - the most in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI is 4-4 in TV BracketBuster games.
    UNI is 5-5 all-time in the previous 10 years of BracketBusters matchups.

UNI in BracketBuster Games
2003    UNI 76, @Louisiana Tech 71 -- (TV)
2004    UNI 82, @Wis.-Green Bay 75
2005    @UNI 86, W. Michigan 75 -- (TV)
2006    @UNI 65, Bucknell 61 (2OT) -- (TV)
2007    @Nevada 79, UNI 64 -- (TV)
2008    Illinois-Chicago 70, @UNI 58
2009    @Siena 81, UNI 75 -- (TV)
2010    @UNI 71, Old Dominion 62 -- (TV)
2011    George Mason 77, @UNI 71 -- (TV)
2012    @VCU 77, UNI 68 -- (TV)

PANTHERS BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 75.0 percent on the season.
    UNI is ranked No. 20 in the nation in team free throw percentage.

DEFENSIVE STAND
Over its last six games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 50.3 points per game. UNI is 4-2 in its last six games.
    The Panthers have kept the opposition to 59 points or less in each of the last six games. The Panthers kept their opponents scoring in check with Drake (55), Southern Illinois (45), Indiana State (59), Evansville (54), Wichita State (52) and Missouri State (37).

ALL-TIME VALLEY LOW FOR A PANTHER OPPONENT
UNI held Missouri State to 37 points - the lowest point total ever for a Panther opponent in an MVC game.
    The previous low for a Panther opponent in the MVC came in UNI’s 59-39 win over Indiana State on Feb. 26, 2003.
   
PANTHERS GOING LOW
The 37 points given up was the lowest by a UNI opponent since the Panthers scored a 61-35 win over Wright State on Dec. 4, 1999.

THE UNDER 50 CLUB
When the UNI Panthers held the Missouri State Bears to 37 points in the Panthers’ win on Feb. 5, 2013, it marked the 29th time in the Ben Jacobson head coaching era that the Panthers had held a team under 50 points. UNI is 28-1 in those contests.
    UNI has won 21 straight games when holding the opposition to less than 50 points.

OPP. HELD UNDER 50 PTS IN JACOBSON COACHING ERA
Date    Opponent    Results
2/5/13    Missouri State    W, 48-37
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
    (MVC Tournament)
3/5/10    vs. Drake    W, 55-40
    (MVC Tournament)
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
    (MVC Tournament)
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

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 57 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
    This season, Mitchell is shooting 45.8 percent from the field. As a freshman, he shot only 39.9 percent from the field.

THREE 20+ 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)

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 41.9 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.

SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 5 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 46.8 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
Nik Stauskas, Michigan    2.5    .487
Malcolm Miller, Southern    2.8    .481
Marc Sonnen, UNI    2.5    .468

WHAT A SEASON FOR SONNEN
Sonnen’s 46.8 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 (59).
    His 59 made 3-pointers rank him No. 35 in the country.

SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 164 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 17 games, he is shooting 52.9 percent from 3-point range (45-of-85).

SONNEN IN MVC STATS
In 11 MVC games, Sonnen is shooting  50.9 percent (28-of-55) from 3-point land to rank No. 2 in the league.
   
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.
    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.
    James has posted 1,145 career points for the Panthers heading into Sunday’s game at Bradley.

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.)    1,145 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 978 career points heading into Sunday’s game at Bradley.
    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 978 points, 594 rebounds, 115 made 3-pointers, 233 assists, 110 blocks and 105 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 (151), steals (30), blocks (31) and free throws made (74). He ranks third 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 293-of-366 career free throws for a mark of 80.1 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 978 points and 594 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)    978/594

TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle is UNI’s career leader in field goal percentage at 60.4 percent through 58 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 55.2 percent (91-of-165) 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 11.9 points and 6.1 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 13 games this season with nine 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 four second-half rallies for wins this season - Milwaukee, George Mason, Wichita State and Missouri 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    Biggest 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)
Missouri State    Trailed by 5 - 7:37 (1st)

TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 12-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
    UNI is 7-0 when it out-rebounds the opposition.
    UNI is 12-2 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 74.8 points per game in each of its 13 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 224 games.
    Jake Koch has started 91 games, while Anthony James has started 75 contests. Marc Sonnen had 46 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. 5 in games played (127) and Jake Koch is ranked tied for No. 8 in games played (126). Anthony James has played in 117 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
    Marc Sonnen (2008-present)    127
8.    Kerwin Dunham (2007-11)    126
    Jake Koch (2008-present)    126
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 - 7-10
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 417 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 632; Illinois State - 422).
    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.

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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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
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YOUTUBE
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