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Men's Basketball
UNI MBB Notes vs. North Dakota (CIT)
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Wednesday 03/18/2013

North Dakota at UNI
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: McLeod Center
Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network
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• The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (18-14 overall, 11-7 MVC) will play host the University of North Dakota (16-16 overall, 12-8 Big Sky) in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
• UNI has earned a postseason bid in five consecutive seasons.
• UNI has won a postseason game in three straight seasons (2010 - NCAA; 2011 - CIT; 2012 - NIT).
• UNI possesses three wins over the RPI Top 50 (Creighton, Saint Mary’s, Wichita State).
• UNI is 13-3 at home this season and with its next win would tie the single-season record for home wins in the program’s history.
• UNI is the best free throw shooting (76.5 percent) team in the Valley. UNI is ranked No. 6 in the nation in FT%.
• Senior guard Anthony James earned 2nd Team All-MVC.
• Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 7 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.0 percent.
• Sonnen set the UNI single-season 3-pointers made record this season. Sonnen has made 86 3-pointers this season - besting the previous record of 79 set by Erik Smith in the 2001-02 season.
• UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has compiled an overall record of 147-85 in seven seasons with the Panthers. He has compiled a mark of 77-49 (.611 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, at 6 p.m.

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Eastern Kentucky (24-9) @ Gardner Webb (21-12) 7 pm
Fairfield (19-15) @ Kent State (20-13) 7:00 pm
Savannah State (19-14) @ East Carolina (18-12) 7 pm
Rider (18-14) @ Hartford (17-13) 7:00 pm
Oakland (16-16) @ Youngstown State (17-15) 7 pm
Boston University (17-12) @ Loyola MD (21-11) 7:30 pm
Tennessee State (18-14) @ Evansville (18-14) 8 pm
North Dakota (16-16) @ Northern Iowa (18-14) 8 pm
 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Elon (21-11) @ Canisius (18-13) 7 pm
Green Bay (18-15) @ Bradley (16-16) 8 pm
South Alabama (17-12) @ Tulane (19-14) 8 pm
Chicago State (11-21) @ Illinois-Chicago (17-15) 8 pm
Oral Roberts (18-14) @ UT Arlington (19-13) 8:30 pm
High Point (17-13) @ UC Irvine (20-15) 10 pm
Cal Poly (18-13) @ Weber State (26-6) 10 pm
Air Force (17-13) @ Hawaii (17-14) 12 am
(all times ET)

NORTH DAKOTA
The University of North Dakota (16-16 overall, 12-8 Big Sky) is playing in the CIT for the third straight season.
    UND lost to Weber State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Missoula, Mont., 76-74.
   
ALL-TIME SERIES
North Dakota leads the all-time series, 50-32. UNI has won four straight in the series, including a 72-47 win earlier this season in the McLeod Center (Nov. 17).

5TH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
UNI is making its fifth straight postseason appearance, which is the longest streak in school history.
    Prior to its current streak of five straight postseason berths, UNI’s best string of postseason appearances was three in a row from 2004-2006.
    NOTE: See the chart on pg. 45 for all of UNI’s postseason appearances.

UNI VS. NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
UNI faced six teams (Creighton, Memphis, Louisville, Saint Mary’s, UNLV and Wichita State) that season that will take part in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
    UNI owns three wins over NCAA Tournament teams this season – Saint Mary’s, Wichita State and Creighton.

PANTHERS LOOK TO MATCH HOME WINS RECORD
UNI is 13-3 at home this season and with its next win would tie the single-season record for home wins in the program’s history.
    UNI finished the 2009-10 season with a 14-0 mark in the McLeod Center. The 1988-89 Panther men’s basketball team poasted a 14-1 home record in the UNI-Dome.

AJ EARNS 2ND TEAM ALL-MVC
Senior guard Anthony James (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy HS) was named to the second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference squad.
    James leads the Panthers in scoring at 13.6 points per game. James has scored in double figures on 19 occasions this season, including a season-high 25 points at Creighton (1/15).
    James earned honorable mention all-MVC honors as both a sophomore and a junior.

BOHANNON NAMED TO MVC ALL-BENCH SQUAD
University of Northern Iowa redshirt freshman guard Matt Bohannon (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar HS) earned a spot on the MVC All-Bench squad.
    Bohannon has seen action in all 32 games this season. Bohannon leads the team in bench scoring (115 points). He ranks second on the team with 42 made 3-pointers. Bohannon has tallied six double-figure scoring games. He has made three or more 3-pointers in six games this season. Bohannon tallied a career-high 14 points and buried four 3-pointers in UNI’s 68-65 win at Bradley (2/10). He has made 16-of-18 free throws (88.9 percent). Bohannon has committed only 20 turnovers in 695 minutes of action.
    Bohannon is the fourth Panther to earn MVC All-Bench honors. Travis Brown and
Chip Ranked earned the honor once, while Lucas O’Rear was a two-time All-Bench honoree.

UNI on MVC All-Bench Team
Travis Brown - 2008-09
Lucas O’Rear - 2008-09, 2009-10
Chip Rank - 2011-12
Matt Bohannon - 2012-13

PEHL, RANK EARN 2ND TEAM MVC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONORS
The University of Northern Iowa’s Austin Pehl and Chip Rank have been named to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete second team as announced by the league office.
    Rank (3.77 GPA - Economics) has seen action in all 32 games this season ... ranks No. 5 on the team in 3-pointers made (21) ... averaging 2.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg ... second on the team in bench points this season (89) ... has tallied at least one rebound in 30 of the Panthers’ 32 games ... scored a season-high 13 points in a 72-47 win over North Dakota (11/17) ... knocked in three second-half 3-pointers and scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds in 71-64 win at Drake.
    Pehl (3.42 GPA - Marketing & Graphic Design) has seen action in 22 games this season and drew two starting assignments ... Pehl is averaging 0.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg ... Pehl grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Evansville (1/29) in only nine minutes of action ... tallied a season-best four points in UNI’s 82-75 win over Saint Mary’s (12/23).
    Rank earned first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors last season, while Pehl was an honorable mention selection as a junior.

SENIOR STARTERS
UNI’s senior class has combined to start 247 games.
    Jake Koch has started 99 games, while Anthony James has started 82 contests. Marc Sonnen had 54 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 T-No. 1 in games played (135) and Jake Koch is ranked No. 3 in games played (134). Anthony James moved into the top 10 and has played in 124 games.   
    Sonnen will set the UNI games played mark when the Panthers play their next game in the postseason.

UNI Career Games Played
1.    Johnny Moran (2008-12)    135
    Marc Sonnen (2008-present)    135
3.    Jake Koch (2008-present)    134
4.    Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11)    133
5.    Adam Koch (2006-10)    132
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
    Anthony James (2008-present)    124

SIXTH TOP-3 FINISH IN THE MVC
UNI finished in third place in the final league standings. It marks the sixth time since the Panthers joined the league in the 1991-92 season that UNI finished in the top three.
    UNI also finished in the top three in 2003-04 (T-2nd), 2004-05 (T-3rd), 2008-09 (T-1st), 2009-10 (1st) and 2011-12 (T-3rd).

IN THE UPPER HALF
UNI has finished in the upper half of the Missouri Valley Conference in 10 straight seasons.
    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 1991-92.

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.

MVC’s BEST SINCE FEB. 1
UNI posted a league-best 7-1 mark in MVC regular season play from Feb. 1 to March 2.

10 STRAIGHT YEARS OF 18-PLUS VICTORIES
UNI has won 18 or more games in 10 straight seasons. Prior to the 2003-04 season, UNI had won 18 or more games only six times in the history of its men’s basketball program.

18-Plus Wins Prior to 2003-04
1961-62 - 19-5
1963-64 - 23-4
1978-79 - 18-11
1983-84 - 18-10
1988-89 - 19-9
1989-90 - 23-9


18-Plus Wins Since 2003-04
2003-04 - 21-10
2004-05 - 21-11
2005-06 - 23-10
2006-07 - 18-13
2007-08 - 18-14
2008-09 - 23-11
2009-10 - 30-5
2010-11 - 20-14
2011-12 - 20-14
2012-13 - 18-14

PANTHERS BEST FT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE VALLEY
UNI is the best free throw shooting team in the Valley at 76.5 percent on the season.
    UNI is ranked No. 6 in the nation in team free throw percentage.
    UNI senior Marc Sonnen has drained 96.4 percent of his free throws this season (27-of-28). Sonnen also has a streak of 22 consecutive made free throws heading into the postseason.

DEFENSIVE STAND
Over its last 14 games, UNI has been a shutdown defensive unit allowing only 58.5 points per game.
    The Panthers have held the opposition to 64 points or less in 12 of the 14 contests.
    UNI is 9-5 in its last 14 games.

SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT FIELD GOAL MARK WITHIN REACH
UNI has made 249 three-pointers this season heading into the postseason.
    The 249 made three-pointers is the third-best single-season mark in UNI’s 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.    249 (2012-13)

SONNEN AMONG NATION’S BEST ‘MARCSMEN’
Senior guard Marc Sonnen is ranked No. 7 in the nation in 3-point field goal accuracy this season at 45.0 percent (minimum of 2.5 made per game).

Player, School    3s/Game    Pct.
Ian Clark, Belmont    3.1    .463
Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis    3.7    .461
Malcolm Miller, Southern    2.7    .460
Tyrus McGee, Iowa State    2.7    .457
Brett Olson, Denver    2.5    .451
Jeff Elorriaga, Boise State    2.9    .451
Marc Sonnen, UNI    2.7    .450

SONNEN LEADS FROM DEEP
Senior guard Marc Sonnen ranks No. 1 in the MVC in made three-point field goals (86).
    His 86 made 3-pointers rank him No. 31 in the country in 3-pointers made.

SONNEN CLIMBS PANTHER CHART
Sonnen has drained 191 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 IN MVC STATS
In 18 MVC games, Sonnen shot  47.6 percent (49-of-105) from 3-point land to rank No. 2 in the league.

BEST SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT MARK IN PANTHER HISTORY
Sonnen’s 86 three-pointers made this season is best single-season mark in Panther history.
    Erik Smith set the previous UNI single-season record for made three-pointers with 79 in the 2001-02 season.

3-POINTERS MADE (SINGLE SEASON)
1.    Marc Sonnen (2012-13)    86
2.    Erik Smith (2001-02)    79
3.    Ali Farokhmanesh (2009-10)    77
4.    Ali Farokhmanesh (2008-09)    75
5.    Cam Johnson (1993-94)    73
6.    Nick Nurse (1987-88)    72
7.    Ben Jacobson (2004-05)    71
8.    Darian DeVries (1997-98)    69
9.    Robbie Sieverding (1998-99)    68
    Jason Daisy (1995-96)    68

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 (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 45.0 percent shooting from 3-point land currently ranks as the third-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 3-point shots, and Ben Jacobson’s 2004-05 season, when he made 45.2 (71-of-157) of his 3-point shots, ranks better.
   
JAMES RANKS T-NO. 14 ON UNI SCORING LIST
Anthony James ranks T-No. 14 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,239 points.
    James is tied at No. 14 with Pete Spoden (1961-64 - 1,239 points).
    James scored 15 points in UNI’s MVC Tournament game vs. Illinois State to move past No. 15 Grant Stout (1,232 points from (04-07).

KOCH TO NO. 27 ON UNI SCORING LIST
Senior forward Jake Koch ranks No. 27 on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list with 1,078 points heading into postseason play.
    Jake’s older brother, Adam, recorded 1,186 career points to rank No. 18 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.

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.
Anthony James (2008-pres.)    1,239 pts.
Grant Stout (2004-07)    1,232 pts.
Adam Koch (2006-10)    1,186 pts.
David Gruber (2002-04)    1,116 pts.
Jake Koch (2009-pres.)    1,078 pts.
Jordan Eglseder (2006-10)    1,066 pts.
Johnny Moran (2008-12)    1,048 pts.
Chris Foster (2000-05)    1,027 pts.

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 1,078 points, 652 rebounds, 121 made 3-pointers, 249 assists, 118 blocks and 113 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 (209), blocks (39) and free throws made (110). He ranks second on the squad in scoring (10.7 ppg).

SINGLE-SEASON SWATS FOR KOCH
Senior forward Jake Koch has blocked 39 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.    Jake Koch (2012-13)    39
9.    Jordan Eglseder (2007-08)    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 329-of-409 career free throws for a mark of 80.4 percent.
    Koch also ranks No. 9 on the Panthers’ all-time free throws made chart with 329.
    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).

FREE THROWS MADE (CAREER)
1.    Bill McCoy (1970-73)    579
2.    Jason Reese (1987-90)    504
3.    Adam Koch (2006-10)    446
4.    Robbie Sieverding (1999-02)    423
5.    Randy Kraayenbrink (1983-86)    410
6.    Jason Daisy (1993-97)    407
7.    Kwadzo Ahelegbe (2006-11)    393
8.    Eric Coleman (2005-08)    350
9.    Jake Koch (2009-present)    329
10.    Ken Huelman (1967-69)    323

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 1,078 points and 652 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 is also one of 14 UNI Panthers 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)    1,064/646

AJ IS GETTING HIS SHOTS
Senior guard Anthony James ranks No. 9 on UNI’s all-time field goals attempted list with 1,062.
    James needs nine more attempts to reach No. 8 Howie Pigg’s total of 1,071 from 1951-55.

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (CAREER)
1.    Randy Kraayenbrink (1983-86)    1,644
2.    Ben Jacobson (2003-06)    1,459
3.    Jason Reese (1987-90)    1,401
4.    Jason Daisy (1993-97)    1,287
5.    Ron Lemons (1976-79)    1,213
6.    Bill McCoy (1970-74)    1,177
7.    Pete Spoden (1960-64)    1,131
8.    Howie Pigg (1951-55)    1,071
9.    Anthony James (2008-present)    1,062
10.    Eric Coleman (2005-08)    1,048
TUTTLE IS OH SO ACCURATE
Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle ranks No. 2 in career field goal percentage at UNI. Tuttle has shot 60.0 percent through 66 career games.
    Tuttle is shooting 55.6 percent (119-of-214) 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 the past four months after a slow start in November.
    Tuttle has increased his per game scoring output over the past four months.
    Tuttle is averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in December-March. 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 has dished out a team-high 110 assists to go against 77 turnovers. As a freshman, Mitchell posted 57 assists against 74 turnovers.
    This season, Mitchell is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. As a freshman, he shot only 39.9 percent from the field.

DEON IS DISHIN’
Sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell has handed out 110 assists this season - the most for a Panther since Brooks McKowen was credited with 179 in the 2006-07 season.

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 110.

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 18 games this season with 14 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)
at Missouri State    Trailed by 10 - 11:22 (1st)
Illinois State    Trailed by 11 - 14:21 (1st)

TRENDS TO LOOK FOR
UNI is 17-1 this season when it makes more free throws than its opponent. UNI’s only loss when making more free throws than its opponent came at Indiana State (1/26).
    UNI is 10-2 when it out-rebounds the opposition. UNI’s only two loss when it out-rebounded the opposition came against Denver (2/23) and at Southern Illinois (2/27).
    UNI is 17-3 when it leads at the half. The Panthers are 0-10 when trailing at the intermission.

UNI’S SCORING TREND
UNI is averaging 73.4 points per game in each of its 18 wins. However, the Panthers are scoring 56.6 points per game in each of its 14 losses.

FOUR STARTING LINEUPS
UNI has used four different starting lineups this season.

UNI STARTING LINEUPS - RECORD
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-James-Mitchell - 12-12
Koch-Tuttle-Sonnen-Bohannon-Mitchell - 3-1
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 425 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in the Valley (Creighton - 640; Illinois State - 430).
    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 84-25 (.771) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
    UNI is 13-3 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.

JACOBSON NAMED FINALIST FOR 2013 SKIP PROSSER MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
University of Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson is a finalist for the 2013 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
    Jacobson led the UNI Panthers to an 18-14 mark overall in 2012-13 and an outright third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference with a record of 11-7 in league play. In his seven seasons at UNI, Jacobson has won at least 18 games in every season. In fact, UNI has won 18 or more games in 10 straight seasons. Jacobson is averaging 21.0 wins per season as a head coach.
    The Skip Prosser Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well. Prosser posted a career record of 291-146 in 14 seasons as a head coach. During his time at Wake Forest, his teams averaged 21 wins per season while playing in arguably the nation’s most difficult league, the Atlantic Coast Conference.
    The finalists include John Beilein (Michigan), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee), Billy Donlon (Wright State), Jim Engles (NJIT), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), John Gallagher (Hartford), Anthony Grant (Alabama), Ben Jacobson (UNI), Jim Larranaga (Miami), Ryan Marks (UT-Pan American), Bob McKilop (Davidson), Joe Mihalich (Niagara), Dave Paulsen (Bucknell), Brett Reed (Lehigh), Zach Spiker (Army), Bob Thomason (Pacific), John Thompson III (Georgetown), Bruce Weber (Kansas State).
    The 2013 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

PANTHERS RESPOND AFTER 0-2 START IN MVC PLAY
UNI began Missouri Valley Conference play at 0-2 for the third straight season but responded with yet another upper half finish in the league.
    UNI has started 0-2 in league play nine times since joining the MVC in the 1991-92 season.

UNI’s 0-2 Starts in MVC Play
Year    Start    Finish
1994-95    0-5    4-14 (T-9th)
1995-96    0-2    8-10 (T-7th)
1997-98    0-3    4-14 (9th)
1998-99    0-3    6-12 (T-8th)
2000-01    0-7    3-15 (10th)
2002-03    0-2    7-11 (7th)
2010-11    0-2    10-8 (T-4th)
2011-12    0-2    9-9 (T-3rd)
2012-13    0-2    11-7 (3rd)

NON-CONFERENCE HOME-COURT SUCCESS
UNI has posted a mark of 38-8 (.826) vs. non-conference competition since the McLeod Center opened in November 2006.
    UNI is 6-1 at home this season against non-conference opponents. UNI also posted a 6-1 mark last season in the McLeod Center during its non-conference home schedule.

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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