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Men's Basketball
UNI Takes Five-Game Win Streak to Missouri State
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 02/17/2013

UNI at Missouri State
Site: Springfield, Mo.
Venue: JQH Arena
Date: Feb. 19, 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 (16-11 overall, 9-6 MVC) will travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on the Missouri State Bears (8-18, 6-9 MVC) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the JQH Arena.
• UNI has won five straight games - its longest win streak of the season.
• UNI and Creighton are the only MVC schools to have won nine or more league games in each of the past 10 seasons.
• UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.4 percent on the season. UNI is ranked No. 7 in the nation in FT percentage.
• Over its last nine games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 53.9 points per game. UNI is 7-2 in its last nine games.
• The Panthers made 10 or more 3-pointers for the sixth time this season and third time in MVC play this year when UNI went 13-for-26 from long range vs. Drake.
• UNI is 6-0 when making 10 or more 3-pointers.
• The Panthers set a season-high with 12 steals in the 71-64 win at Drake on Saturday.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 5 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.6 percent.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 145-82 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 ranks No. 3 on UNI’s all-time wins list with 145 victories. He surpassed Jim Berry (144 wins from 1974-86) in UNI’s 71-64 win over Drake.

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.

MISSOURI STATE BEARS
The Missouri State Bears (8-19 overall, 6-9 MVC) have won three straight home games at JQH Arena. The Bears have posted a 5-2 record at home in Missouri Valley Conference play.
    The Bears’ only two home conference losses came against Creighton on Jan. 11, 74-52, and vs. Wichita State on Jan. 23, 62-52.
    Overall, Missouri State is 7-6 at home and 1-11 on the road this season. The Bears are also 0-2 in neutral games.
    The Bears are led in scoring by Anthony Downing (13.8 ppg).

ALL-TIME SERIES
Missouri State owns a 40-24 lead in the all-time series vs. UNI.
    UNI holds a 15-6 lead in the last 21 meetings between the two schools.
    UNI has won three of the last four meetings at JQH Arena.
    UNI head coach Ben Jacobson is 9-4 vs. Missouri State since taking over the Panther program in 2006-07.

JACOBSON MOVES TO NO. 3 ON UNI’S ALL-TIME WINS LIST
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson moved past Jim Berry on the Panther coaching all-time wins list when coach Jake picked  up victory No. 145 vs. Drake (2/16).
    Jacobson has a career coaching mark of 145-82 in his seventh season at the helm of the Panther program.
    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.
    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. 73 in the latest ESPN RPI released on Sunday.

MAKE THAT FIVE
UNI has won five 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 five-game win streak.
    UNI’s last five-game win streak in Missouri Valley Conference play came in the 2010-11 season when the Panthers won eight in a row.
NINE OR MORE LEAGUE WINS
UNI and Creighton are the only MVC schools to have won nine or more league games in each of the past 10 seasons.

IN THE UPPER HALF
UNI has finished in the upper half of the Missouri Valley Conference in nine straight seasons.
    Currently, UNI sits in third place heading into Tuesday’s game at Missouri State.
    Prior to the 2003-04 season when the current streak began, UNI had finished in the top half of the MVC on two occasions (1993-94, 1996-97) since joining the league in 1991.

FANTASTIC FEBRUARY
UNI is off to a 5-0 start in the month of February. Only one other Panther men’s basketball team started the month of February any hotter – the 1982-83 Panther team started the month with six straight wins.
    The 1982-83 Panther men’s basketball team started February 6-0 with victories over Wisconsin-Green Bay (69-56), Eastern Illinois (71-67), Winona State (97-70, at Valparaiso (85-64), Pan American (60-51 and Beloit (63-48).

PANTHERS BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.4 percent on the season.
    UNI is ranked No. 7 in the nation in team free throw percentage.

DEFENSIVE STAND
Over its last nine games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 52.4 points per game. UNI is 7-2 in its last nine games.
    The Panthers have kept seven of their last nine 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).

BOMBS AWAY IN THE KNAPP CENTER
UNI drained 13-of-26 three-pointers in the Panthers’ 71-64 win at Drake (2/16).
    The Panthers had five different players made triples vs. the Bulldogs including Marc Sonnen (5), Anthony James (3), Chip Rank (3), Matt Bohannon (1) and Jake Koch (1).

SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT FIELD GOAL MARK WITHIN REACH
UNI has made 209 three-pointers this season heading into Tuesday’s game at Missouri State. The 209 made three-pointers is the 10th-best single-season mark in school history.
    The Panthers have set the school record for made three-pointers in each of the past three seasons.

TEAM 3-POINTERS MADE (SINGLE SEASON)
1.    267 (2011-12)
2.    250 (2010-11)
3.    233 (2009-10)

SEASON-HIGH IN STEALS
UNI posted a season-high 12 steals in the 71-64 victory at Drake (2/16).
    Marc Sonnen set a career-high with four steals and Seth Tuttle tied a career-best with three thefts.
    UNI’s previous season-high in steals came one game prior vs. Creighton (2/13), when the Panthers totalled 11 steals.

MVC SWEEPS BY THE PANTHERS
UNI has swept an MVC opponent 21 times since the 2006-07 season. UNI has swept all nine opponents in the MVC at least once in that stretch.
    UNI has recorded season sweeps this season of both Bradley and Drake.
    The Panthers will look to complete a sweep of the season series vs. Missouri State on Tuesday.

MVC Season Sweeps For Coach Jake
Bradley (4) - 06-07, 08-09, 10-11, 12-13
Creighton (1) - 09-10
Drake (3) - 09-10, 11-12, 12-13
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 UNI this regular season.
    Prior to this season, the only seven times it has occurred came vs. Evansville (2011-12), vs. Wichita State (2011-12), vs. Indiana State (2010-11), Creighton (2006-07, 2007-08), Drake (2006-07, 2007-08).

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 46.6 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).

Player, School    3s/Game    Pct.
Joe Harris, Virginia    2.5    .492
Ian Clark, Belmont    3.3    .491
Steve Frankoski, Columbia    2.7    .487
Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis    3.8    .484
Marc Sonnen, UNI    2.5    .466

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 42.1 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 (42.3 - 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 46.6 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. 1 in the MVC in made three-point field goals (68).
    His 68 made 3-pointers rank him No. 37 in the country in 3-pointers made.

EIGHTH-BEST SINGLE-SEASON MARK IN PANTHER HISTORY
Sonnen’s 68 three-pointers made this season is tied for the eighth-best single-season mark in Panther history. Sonnen is tied with Robbie Sieverding (1998-98) and Jason Daisy (1995-96) with 68 triples made.
    Erik Smith set the UNI single-season record for made three-pointers with 79 in the 2001-02 season.

3-POINTERS MADE (SINGLE SEASON)
1.    Erik Smith (2001-02)    79
2.    Ali Farokhmanesh (2009-10)    77
3.    Ali Farokhmanesh (2008-09)    75
4.    Cam Johnson (1993-94)    73
5.    Nick Nurse (1987-88)    72
6.    Ben Jacobson (2004-05)    71
7.    Darian DeVries (1997-98)    69
8.    Robbie Sieverding (1998-99)    68
    Jason Daisy (1995-96)    68
    Marc Sonnen (2012-13)    68

SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 173 3-pointers in his Panther career, which ranks him No. 3 on UNI’s all-time list.
    Johnny Moran ranks No. 2 on the Panthers’ all-time 3-pointers made list with 201. Ben Jacobson holds the UNI school record with 203 career made 3-pointers.

SONNEN’S NUMBERS SOAR OF LATE
    Over Marc Sonnen’s last 20 games, he is shooting 51.4 percent from 3-point range (54-of-105).

SONNEN IN MVC STATS
In 15 MVC games, Sonnen is shooting  49.3 percent (37-of-75) 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 1,180 career points for the Panthers heading into Tuesday’s game at Missouri State.

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
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.)    1,180 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.)    1,017 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 1,017 points to rank No. 36 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring chart heading into Tuesday’s game at Missouri State.
    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 1,017 points, 616 rebounds, 118 made 3-pointers, 239 assists, 117 blocks and 108 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 (173), steals (33), blocks (38) and free throws made (86). He ranks second on the squad in scoring (10.4 ppg).

SINGLE-SEASON SWATS FOR KOCH
Senior forward Jake Koch has blocked 38 shots this season to tie for the eighth-best single-season mark in Panther history.

BLOCKS (SINGLE SEASON)
1.    Grant Stout (2005-06)    80
2.    Grant Stout (2004-05)    75
3.    Scott Stafford (1983-84)    51
4.    Grant Stout (2006-07)    50
5.    Jordan Eglseder (2008-09)    44
6.    Eric Coleman (2007-08)    43
    Jason Sims (1994-95)    43
8.    Jordan Eglseder (2007-08)    38
    Jake Koch (2012-13)    38
10.    Ray Storck (1982-83)    36

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 305-of-380 career free throws for a mark of 80.3 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 1,017 points and 616 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)    1,017/616

TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle ranks No. 3 in career field goal percentage at UNI. Tuttle has shot 59.7 percent through 61 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 54.1 percent (98-of-181) 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 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in December-February. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the month of November.

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 87 assists to go against 67 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
    This season, Mitchell is shooting 45.0 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 87.

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)

YOU CAN CALL IT A COMEBACK
UNI has won 16 games this season with 12 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)
at George Mason    Trailed by 3 - 16:16 (2nd)
Saint Mary’s    Trailed by 5 - 18:06 (1st)
at 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)
at Bradley    Trailed by 3 - 18:35 (1st)
Creighton    Trailed by 5 - 5:25 (2nd)
at Drake    Trailed by 4 - 13:15 (1st)

TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 15-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent.
    UNI is 8-0 when it out-rebounds the opposition.
    UNI is 15-2 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 73.3 points per game in each of its 16 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 233 games.
    Jake Koch has started 94 games, while Anthony James has started 78 contests. Marc Sonnen had 49 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 (130) and Jake Koch is ranked tied for No. 5 in games played (129). Anthony James has played in 120 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)    130
5.    Jake Koch (2008-present)    129
6.    Eric Coleman (2005-08)    128
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-James-Mitchell - 10-10
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-Mitchell - 3-0
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-James - 2-0
Koch-Tuttle-Pehl-Sonnen-James - 1-1

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 420 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 635; Illinois State - 425).
    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
Bradley    13-4
Creighton    6-9
Drake    9-6
Evansville    8-6
Illinois State    11-5
Indiana State    7-8
Missouri State    9-4
Southern Illinois    11-3
Wichita State    8-7

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.

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.

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 17-8 overall this season, but has posted an 13-2 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Pioneers have won 13 of their last 14 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)

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 by UNI against Missouri State (2/5) 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

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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