UNI at Drake
Site: Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Knapp Center
Date: Feb. 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Live Stats: uni.statbroadcast.com
• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (15-11 overall, 8-6 MVC) will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to take on the Drake Bulldogs (11-14, 5-9 MVC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center.
• UNI holds a 37-24 lead in the all-time series vs. Drake.
• UNI has won three straight games in the series and seven of the last eight.
• The Panthers have won three of the last four matchups in the Knapp Center.
• UNI has moved up to No. 78 in the latest ESPN RPI released on Thursday.
• UNI has won four straight games - its longest win streak of the season.
• Over its last eight games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 52.4 points per game. UNI is 6-2 in its last eight games.
• The Panthers have limited seven of their last eight opponents to 59 points or less.
• UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.0 percent on the season.
• UNI is ranked No. 10 in the nation in team free throw percentage.
• UNI senior forward Jake Koch scored his 1,000th career points in Wednesday’s 61-54 win over Creighton.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 144-82 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 74-48 (.607 winning percentage) in MVC regular season play over that time as well.
• Coach Jacobson is tied for third with Jim Berry in all-time wins at UNI with 144. Jim Berry coached UNI to 144 wins from 1974-86.
Saturday’s game between UNI and Drake will be shown live on Mediacom’s Connections Ch. 22.
Larry Morgan (play-by-play) and Adam Emmenecker (analyst) will call the action.
The Drake Bulldogs (11-14 overall, 5-9 MVC) have lost three straight games heading into Saturday’s game vs. UNI.
The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Ben Simons (14.9 ppg). However, the Bulldogs have five players averaging 9.0 points per game. Jordan Clarke is also averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.
Drake is 7-4 at home but only 3-3 at home in MVC play.
UNI holds a 37-24 lead in the all-time series vs. Drake.
UNI has won three straight games in the series and seven of the last eight.
The Panthers have won three of the last four matchups in the Knapp Center.
PRE-GAME SOCIAL ON SATURDAY
Join UNI alumni and friends for a pre-game social at Johnny’s Hall of Fame prior to the UNI-Drake game on Saturday. Tip is at 7 p.m.
Stop by to pick up your UNI spirit supplies and socialize with other fans! Food and beverages may be ordered off the menu.
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Johnny’s Hall of Fame
302 Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA
For tickets contact the Drake Athletic Office at 515-271-4949
EQUALING COACH BERRY
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has drawn even with Jim Berry for No. 3 on the Panthers’ all-time coaching wins list with 144.
Berry won 144 games from 1974-86 as the Panthers’ head coach. During that time frame, Berry oversaw the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.
Jacobson has a career coaching mark of 144-82 in his seventh season at the helm of the Panther program.
O.M. “Hon” Nordly holds the school record for coaching victories with 166. Eldon Miller ranks second with 164.
UNI IN ESPN RPI
UNI has moved up to No. 78 in the latest ESPN RPI released on Thursday.
MAKE IT FOUR STRAIGHT
UNI has won four straight games - its longest win streak of the season.
The Panthers won nine games in a row in the non-conference portion of the 2011-12 season, which marks the last time UNI had at least a four-game win streak.
UNI’s last four-game win streak in Missouri Valley Conference play came in the 2010-11 season when the Panthers won eight in a row.
PANTHERS BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.0 percent on the season.
UNI is ranked No. 10 in the nation in team free throw percentage.
JAKE KOCH SIMPLY TAKING OVER
Senior forward Jake Koch simply took over the final five minutes of the Panthers’ 61-54 victory over Creighton (2/14).
Koch scored 13 of his 14 points in the final five minutes. But he also contributed with three rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the final five minutes.
In the game, Koch tallied his third career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots, handed out two assists and tallied two steals.
Over its last eight games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 52.4 points per game. UNI is 6-2 in its last eight games.
The Panthers have kept seven of their last eight opponents to 59 points or less. The Panthers kept their opponents scoring in check with Drake (55), Southern Illinois (45), Indiana State (59), Evansville (54), Wichita State (52), Missouri State (37) and Creighton (54).
SEASON LOW FOR CREIGHTON
UNI held Creighton to a season low 54 points in the victory on Wednesday night in the McLeod Center.
Creighton came into the game averaging 77.8 points per game.
SUCCEEDING WITHOUT THE 3
UNI scored its 61-54 win over Creighton despite making only four 3-pointers in the victory.
The four 3-pointers was the fewest made in a Panther victory this season.
The last time UNI won a game with fewer 3-pointers made (3) came in last year’s NIT triumph over Saint Joseph’s (3/14/12).
UNI is averaging 7.5 three-pointers made per game this season.
UNI drew 6,970 fans to the McLeod Center for the Panthers’ 61-54 win over Creighton (2/13).
It is the seventh-largest crowd to watch a game in the McLeod Center since it opened in Nov. 2006.
Top-10 McLeod Center Crowds
1. 7,332 vs. Illinois State (2/27/10)
2. 7,293 vs. Drake (2/16/08)
3. 7,043 vs. Iowa (12/5/07)
4. 7,031 vs. Old Dominion (2/19/10)
5. 7,014 vs. Wichita State (2/12/11)
6. 6,971 vs. Drake (1/22/11)
7. 6,970 vs. Creighton (2/13/13)
8. 6,929 vs. Indiana State (1/20/07)
9. 6,910 vs. Creighton (2/14/12)
10. 6,877 vs. Creighton (1/12/07)
MVC SWEEPS BY THE PANTHERS
UNI has swept an MVC opponent 20 times since the 2006-07 season. UNI has swept all nine opponents in the MVC at least once in that stretch.
UNI will be looking to sweep the Drake Bulldogs in the regular season series on Saturday. The Panthers scored an 85-55 win over the Bulldogs in the McLeod Center on Jan. 20.
MVC Season Sweeps For Coach Jake
Bradley (4) - 06-07, 08-09, 10-11, 12-13
Creighton (1) - 09-10
Drake (2) - 09-10, 11-12
Evansville (3) - 06-07, 07-08, 08-09
Illinois State (3) - 08-09, 09-10, 10-11
Indiana State (1) - 09-10
Missouri State (2) - 08-09, 09-10
Southern Illinois (3) - 08-09, 09-10, 11-12
Wichita State (1) - 07-08
PANTHERS ARE RARELY SWEPT
Since Ben Jacobson took over the head coaching duties in 2006-07, the UNI program has only been swept in an MVC home-and-home series on nine occasions.
Evansville and Indiana State swept the Panthers this regular season.
Prior to this season, the only seven times it has occurred have come vs. Evansville (2011-12), vs. Wichita State (2011-12), vs. Indiana State (2010-11), Creighton (2006-07, 2007-08), Drake (2006-07, 2007-08).
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 79 assists to go against 59 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
This season, Mitchell is shooting 44.6 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 79.
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.
WHAT A SEASON FOR SONNEN
Sonnen’s 46.3 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 ranks No. 2 in the MVC in made three-point field goals (63). Drake’s Ben Simons is the league leader with 64 made 3-pointers.
His 63 made 3-pointers rank him No. 44 in the country in 3-pointers made.
SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 168 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 4 on UNI’s all-time list.
Nick Nurse ranks No. 3 on the Panthers’ list with 170 made 3-pointers from 1986-89.
SONNEN’S NUMBERS SOAR OF LATE
Over Marc Sonnen’s last 19 games, he is shooting 51.6 percent from 3-point range (49-of-95).
SONNEN IN MVC STATS
In 14 MVC games, Sonnen is shooting 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from 3-point land to rank No. 3 in the league.
JAMES MOVES UP SCORING LIST
Following his eight-point scoring effort vs. Creighton (2/13), Anthony James moved up to No. 19 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list.
Against Creighton, James surpassed Cedrick McCullough (1989-92, 1,158 points).
James has posted 1,163 career points for the Panthers heading into Saturday’s game at Drake.
11 1,000-POINT PLAYERS SINCE 2001
Jake Koch and Anthony James each joined the 1,000-Point Club at UNI this season. They became the 10th and 11th players to reach that figure since Ben Jacobson joined the UNI 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.
Anthony James (2008-pres.) 1,163 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.
Jake Koch (2009-pres.) 1,006 pts.
KOCH REACHES 1,000 POINT MARK
Senior forward Jake Koch became the 36th UNI Panther to score 1,000 career points when he toppled the mark with 14 points vs. Creighton (2/13).
Koch has posted 1,006 points to rank No. 36 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring chart heading into Saturday’s game at Drake.
Jake’s older brother, Adam, recorded 1,186 career points to rank No. 17 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list. Jake and Adam are the first set of brothers to score 1,000 points at UNI.
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 1,000 points, 600 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 1,006 points, 611 rebounds, 117 made 3-pointers, 237 assists, 114 blocks and 107 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 (168), steals (32), blocks (35) and free throws made (84). He ranks third 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 303-of-378 career free throws for a mark of 80.2 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 1,006 points and 611 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.
Koch also became the 14th UNI Panther to tally 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in his career.
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) 1,006/611
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle ranks No. 2 in career field goal percentage at UNI. Tuttle has shot 60.1 percent through 60 career games and trails only David Gruber (2002-04 - 60.2 percent).
Tuttle is shooting 54.9 percent (96-of-175) 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 11.5 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 15 games this season with 11 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 five second-half rallies for wins this season - Milwaukee, George Mason, Wichita State, Missouri State and Creighton.
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)
Bradley Trailed by 3 - 18:35 (1st)
Creighton Trailed by 5 - 5:25 (2nd)
TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 14-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
UNI is 8-0 when it out-rebounds the opposition.
UNI is 14-2 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 73.5 points per game in each of its 15 wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 55.7 points per game in each of its 11 losses.
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 230 games.
Jake Koch has started 93 games, while Anthony James has started 77 contests. Marc Sonnen had 48 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 No. 4 in games played (129) and Jake Koch is ranked tied for No. 5 in games played (128). Anthony James has played in 119 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. Marc Sonnen (2008-present) 129
5. Eric Coleman (2005-08) 128
Jake Koch (2008-present) 127
7. Grant Stout (2004-07) 127
Brooks McKowen (2004-07) 127
9. Kerwin Dunham (2007-11) 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 - 9-10
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1
UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 419 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 634; Illinois State - 424).
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 83-24 (.776) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
UNI is 12-2 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 35-12 vs. Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Bradley. Jake’s 13 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
Illinois State 11-5
Indiana State 7-8
Missouri State 9-4
Southern Illinois 11-3
Wichita State 8-7
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 two upcoming games on the Panthers’ schedule.
The $5 ticket offer will be good for the BracketBuster game vs. Denver (Feb. 23) and vs. 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.
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 15-8 overall this season, but has posted an 11-2 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Pioneers have won 11 of their last 12 games. Denver is led by sixth-year head coach Joe Scott.
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)
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.